Gerry YoungmanGerry started playing the accordion and trumpet at age 5. He studied with the noted jazz accordionist Sammy Burns, and studied trumpet with Chuck Mangione. At age 12 he competed in the unlimited (including adults) jazz division of the International Accordionists Association and placed third. Gerrys love of the Hammond organ started in his early childhood as he heard the wonderful music from the gospel churches near his home on the southwest side of Rochester NY. His influences include Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff.
In High School he played lead trumpet in the school jazz ensemble and Hammond organ in several regional R&B bands. In his senior year he won a scholarship to Berklee as a trumpet player. While at Berklee, under the direction of Phil Wilson, Gerry performed with Claudio Roditti, Mark Elf, Hal Crook, and others in the Thursday Night Dues Band. After Berklee he returned to his home town of Rochester NY, and performed with many bands on both trumpet and organ.
Gerry has shared the stage as both a trumpeter and organist with many top names in the jazz world, including Gerry Niewood, Chuck Mangione, Eric Alexander, David 'Fathead' Newman, Marcus Printup, Wycliffe Gordon, Joe Locke, Fred Wesley, Bobby Militello, Dave Samuels, Jimmy Ponder and the great Thad Jones. Since 1990 Gerry has been a member of the Paradigm Shift Trio, and the Bill Tiberio group. Gerry also contributes his original compositions to the repertoire of both groups.
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