Kerry Politzer

session pianist/keyboardist

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Classically trained jazz pianist is available for a variety of genres, including pop, folk, and world music. Vocal accompaniment a specialty.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Kerry has been writing, composing, and performing piano music for almost three decades. She currently teaches jazz improvisation at Portland State University and the University of Portland.

In addition to providing audio files, Kerry can create piano sheet music and lead sheets.

Kerry has released six albums as a leader, which can be found on all major streaming platforms.

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22 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Mark
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    I am so grateful for Kerry's work. She is professional, competent, communicative, and did an absolutely fantastic job on my song. I highly recommend!

  2. Review by Gustaf Linnerborg
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    Great job! I would recommend Kerry. :)

  3. Review by DeAnna C.
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    It was great working with Kerry! She has a wonderful touch to her playing. She is very easy to work and communicate with and quick to respond and deliver the product!

  4. Review by Lindsay R.
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    Kerry is a wonderful musician and absolutely amazing to work with!! She is an efficient communicator and truly takes the time to ensure your project is done to perfection. I would 100% recommend!

  5. Review by Michael V.
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    Kerry is stunning. Beautiful and emotional work not to mention fun to work with! Thanks for the awesome piano arrangement and recording, you are a delight!!!

  6. Review by Adam H.
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    Kerry’s piano playing is beautiful! Highly recommended! Kerry delivered an amazing track in under 24 hours & was very thorough in taking the time to understand the music & what we were looking for. Awesome work!

  7. Review by Filip M.
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    I will always come back to Kerry for her precise touch, timing and innovative interpretation.

  8. Review by Filip M.
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    I got fabulous rendition of the 'Look of love', perfect execution as always.

  9. Review by Kenneth Wong
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    Always quick, polite, and communicative. Thank you so much Kerry!

  10. Review by Kenneth Wong
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    Great communication, and followed my instructions to the T - Kerry was able to turn my heavy EDM song into a soft and emotional acoustic version! Such a great player; highly HIGHLY recommend Kerry!

  11. Review by Filip M.
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    Jazz piano at its best!

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    I only have good things to say about Kerry's playing!

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    Kerry's flexibility and prowess shine out of everything she does for me.

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    Kerry needs very little to get going, interprets my instructions flawlessly and surprises me with playing beyond what I could come up with.

  15. Review by Filip M.
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    When Kerry plays jazz solos there is so much there to listen to, sparkling interesting lines, always something to discover.

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    I have no reason to seek out any other pianist than Kerry. I've done 7 tracks with her, always very happy.

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    Kerry masters everything from bebop to ballads and probably everything else I can throw at her. It's always sweet and sensitive sounding with a delicate touch and subtleties.

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    I like her style a lot, from lyrical to bebop!

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    Brilliantly executed each and every time. I love her playing!

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    Before I knew it Kerry delivered a beautiful track that perfectly fits everything I wanted to do. Played with feeling and intensity. It’s so much fun working with her.

  21. Review by Filip M.
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    Delivered the perfect jazz track for my singing, she played it with lots of feeling, creativity, and a sense of lyricism. I will do more work with her. Very happy.

  22. Review by Gary M.
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    Kerry is a very talented pianist who took the time to make sure what she played only added to the song, elevated the song, and never took away, or got in the way. Excellent variety, really nice dynamics, and a lovely touch reflect her preparation and skill level. Thank you.

Interview with Kerry Politzer

  1. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  2. A: George Colligan.

  3. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  4. A: The pandemic has forced all of us to reevaluate how we create and disseminate music. I recently produced and performed on Music of Brazilian Masters, an online series that honors great Brazilian composers and features great pianists in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. So far, there are two episodes, which can be found on YouTube. While the first was a live Zoom meeting, the second was a pre-recorded program with several interviews of great Brazilian musicians and some wonderful performances.

  5. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  6. A: I'm printing out charts of original compositions for a livestreamed jazz quintet gig (the audience will be entirely online).

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both!

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: To do my best.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: Music can heal the world!

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: I am usually asked how long a project will take me to complete; the answer depends on how involved the work is.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: Hmm. Well, that it's easy?

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: I ask about the details of their projects, their deadlines, and how I can best enhance their music.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: There are lots of great musicians on this platform - try to find the one who will best complement your project (it might be me!).

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: I guess they would have to be portable. I would take my Nektar controller, my Focusrite 4i4, my Yamaha classical guitar, my laptop and a RODE USB mic.

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I've been playing music ever since I was a child. I attended the North Carolina School of the Arts for classical piano, went on to the New England Conservatory where I was exposed to jazz and Brazilian music, and have been performing and composing ever since.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I don't know, jazzy? :-)

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: I would like to work with any artist who cares deeply about communicating through music.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Don't be afraid to do another take if you weren't happy with the first one.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: American and Brazilian jazz, but I'm open to all genres of music where my contribution would be suitable. I like working on a wide variety of projects.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Playing tasty licks on the piano.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I always try to give it my all, and I communicate frequently so that I can conform to what the client wants.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: It depends on the project!

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a Yamaha U-1 piano, a Focusrite Scarlett 414, Ableton Live 10, a Yamaha P-255, several RODE and Sennheiser mics, some iRig and Nektar controllers, an Ovation acoustic-electric guitar, a Yamaha classical guitar and a Gretsch Streamliner (while my primary instrument is piano, I sometimes write on guitar).

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Multi-instrumentalist George Colligan.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I add a piano or keyboard track, or I create backing tracks for vocalists. I read lead sheets/notation and improvise solos.

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Terms Of Service

Two revisions are included in the price; I want to make sure that you are happy! I usually charge an additional $25 if no chart is provided.

GenresSounds Like
  • Eliane Elias
  • Bill Evans
  • Chick Corea
Gear Highlights
  • Modartt Pianoteq 7
  • Yamaha acoustic piano and digital P-255
  • Scarlett Focusrite 4i4
  • Sibelius
  • Ableton Live
  • Logic Pro X
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SoundBetter Deal

Depending on project, multiple tracks may be negotiated for lower rate

  • Music of Brazilian Piano Masters IIMar 28, 2021

    Kerry produced and performed in "Music of Brazilian Piano Masters II," which featured many great musicians from Brazil, France, Puerto Rico, and the United States. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2ppawRSbI8&t=3s