about

Jerry DeVore is a musician, composer, music technologist, and educator with 20 years of professional experience. (Click on the links to the left to learn about the specific areas.) He has been a full-time member of three Symphonic Orchestras, and has studied with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Bassist Stephen Lester and Juilliard doctoral graduate Dr. Mark Morton. He has also studied privately with several accomplished jazz musicians: bassist Mike Richmond, pianist Kenny Werner, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, and drummer Billy Drummond.

Jerry came to New York City in 2008 in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance at New York University. Since arrival, he has been actively performing and composing, all while teaching, engineering, producing, and project directing. He has performed at the Blue Note, Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center, and the 55 Bar among others.

Born in Peoria, Illinois, Jerry learned to play a dozen instruments by the end of high school. Starting with trombone, he moved on to performing professionally on drum set and percussion. Soon his focus turned to the electric and upright basses, and his career migrated to playing the bass full time.

Jerry involved himself in the local jazz scene as he transitioned into college. While attending Bradley University majoring in Music Performance, he was a full-time member of two orchestras in Illinois, in addition to short contracts with symphonies as far off as North Carolina.

Just before graduating with honors, Jerry won an audition with the United States Air Force Band. He toured the nation for over 4 years performing with the Jazz Big Band and Concert Band of the USAF Heartland of America Band. After his term with the band, he became a music transcriptionist and performed full time with a gospel band. During this period, Jerry arranged and conducted a gospel choir with orchestra, performing with Dove Award-winning artist Richard Smallwood.

He was soon hired to be a full-time member of an R&B band, the Confidentials (named by Brides Magazine as one of the top wedding bands in the nation). While performing at the Art Farmer Jazz Festival, a local college noticed him and began talks for creating a new program. Jerry then became a full-time college instructor at Iowa Western, where he created a Music Technology degree and led that program.

As Jerry’s newly designed program was growing and doubling the music department’s enrollment, his interest was shifting toward completing a master’s degree. He then moved to New York City and began a full-time graduate program at New York University.

Through his career, Jerry has performed as a soloist with the Dallas Brass accompanied by full orchestra, and with several notable artists: Curtis Fuller, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Werner, Gladys Knight, and Lenny Pickett (to name a few).

Jerry is currently a New York Freelance Musician, and continuing his education at New York University.

 

 

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