Jarrett Cherner

TPTF Instructor of jazz piano

Jarrett Cherner

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Office: WVPAC 210


New York based pianist, composer, and educator Jarrett Cherner loves both music and teaching, and his professional life has always embraced them both. After completing his undergraduate work at Tufts University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and the New England Conservatory of Music, Jarrett moved to San Francisco where he quickly gained a reputation as "one of the most exciting young pianist-composers on the Bay Area scene" (San Jose Mercury News), as well as a sought-after educator, teaching at the San Jose Summer Jazz Workshop, the Berkeley Jazzschool's Summer Youth Program, and maintaining a small private studio. In 2010 Jarrett earned a masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music and he continues to perform and teach in New York City. He has toured throughout the U.S. as well as in South America, Canada, and Europe, both leading his own trio and working as a sideman. His debut album as a leader, Burgeoning (2006), earned him recognition from the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards and critics alike. Two albums released with the collective quintet Sketches (sketchesmusic.com), Volume One (2013) & Volume Two (2014), received similar acclaim, with critics calling him "an impressive soloist and an immaculate accompanist” (StepTempest). His most recent release is Expanding Heart (2016). More info at www.jarrettcherner.com.


  • "Cherner’s got not only the chops, but the imagination to impress. Highly recommended.” - GOLDMINE MAGAZINE
  • "Some people just have that something extra you can't name and Cherner is one of them. Loaded with delightful playing and interplaying.” –MIDWEST RECORD
  • "Forget about "the art of the trio." It's undoubtedly a topic worth discussing when you look at this album, and one that automatically comes up when you look at any piano-centric threesome, but it's a phrase that's been overused. Instead, let's talk about the heart of the trio—how it beats, what it feeds, where it leads, and the manner in which it expands (and contracts) to forward life and development. That's a topic that's more apropos here, as pianist Jarrett Cherner radiates beauty while developing and sustaining his own stunning sonic circulatory system…" – DAN BILAWSKY, ALL ABOUT JAZZ