Kerry Politzer started picking out melodies on a toy piano at the
age of three. The following year, she started playing the real
thing. After studying classical piano for fourteen years and
attending the North Carolina School of the Arts, she entered the
New England Conservatory of Music with the intention of becoming a
However, after attending a jazz piano recital at the school, she
fell in love with jazz. She got on the waiting list for jazz guru
Charlie Banacos, studied performance and composition with him for
four years, and graduated with a degree in jazz piano performance.
Kerry’s debut CD, Yearning, which received four stars from All Music Guide, was released by CAP Records in 2001. The title track from this CD is also featured on Sax And The City: Musical Contributions From New York's Best Women Jazz Instrumentalists (Apria Records, 2004). Kerry released two more CDs, Watercolor (2002) and Labyrinth (2005), on her own Polisonic label. This CD was a finalist for Best Jazz Album in the 2007 Independent Music Awards.
After releasing these albums, Kerry took a musical detour from her instrumental jazz roots and participated in songwriting workshops held by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her fourth album, You Took Me In, features songs with lyrics and a full band including Lonnie Plaxico (Cassandra Wilson, Nellie McKay) and George Colligan, better known as a pianist, on trumpet, drums, and synthesizer. One of the tracks, Love is in the Atmosphere, won First Place in the August 2008 Ourstage Jazz Competition. Her latest album, Below the Surface, was released by PJCE Records in 2014.
Kerry has performed with her group at Cornelia Street Cafe, Wave Hill, Smalls, Rockwood Music Hall, and the Kitano, among other venues. She is a member of SESAC. Some of Kerry's songs have been placed on the Food Network and the History Channel.
Kerry's new projects include learning to play the guitar, navigating her new city of Portland, Oregon, writing for a quintet, and taking care of two very active little boys.