Charley Gerard is a composer, saxophonist, author and publisher. Mr. Gerard studied composition and saxophone with Jimmy Giuffre and conducting with Harold Farberman and David Leibowitz. In addition to Really Good Music, Gerard’s music is published by Hartelu (Harold Farberman’s publishing company) and Dorn. |
Awards include Outstanding Academic Title from Choice Magazine, finalist for the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) in the category “Best Research in Recorded Folk and Ethnic Music,” and several ASCAP Standards awards.
Mr. Gerard’s compositions have been performed by musical theatre group Golden Fleece, Ltd., The Irrelevants (a viola and saxophone duo) and Washington Musica Viva. He is the author of Salsa: The Rhythm of Latin Music (White Cliffs Media) and Jazz in Black and White: Race, Culture and Identity in the Jazz Community (Praeger) and several other books on jazz and Latin music, and holds a degree in ethnomusicology from Columbia University.
Gerard and Sarzin publishing Co. which Mr. Gerard and Evan Sarzin started in 1991, has published a variety of books for jazz musicians and students. Mr. Gerard founded the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet in 2002. He gave the group its distinctive name to indicate that the group’s music often has a sense of humor.
Reviews of Charley Gerard’s music: “Its mixture of dance and jazz, dissonance and swing was ingratiating.” Washington Post (2006) “Brilliant music by Gerard” Dance Magazine (1976). "The first half of the program closed with three Duke Ellington songs, arranged by Charley Gerard for voice with clarinet, violin, and cello. Very interesting choice of instruments, and the arrangements were superb." jons-show-log.blogspot.com (2006)