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Jess Jurkovic is available to help you realize your musical needs:

  • Solo piano
  • Duo, trio, or small ensembles
  • Large ensembles and big bands
  • Musical director
  • Composing and arranging
  • Music copyist and preparation
  • Lessons in Piano and Jazz Improvisation
  • Private parties and public events
  • Wedding receptions and bar/bat mitzvahs
  • Cocktail and dinner hours
  • Accompaniment for singers and dancers

Solo Piano—Selected Performances

  • Cosmopolitan Club, NYC—private party, May 2014
  • Uncle Charlie’s, NYC—piano bar, November & December 2013, April 2014
  • Watercolor Café, Larchmont, NY—several appearances May 2004-February 2013
  • Jazz Vespers @ Fourth Universalist Society, NYC—concert, September 2011
  • Bechstein Piano Centre, NYC—concert, November 2009
  • Rivertowns Jazz & Blues Festival @ Common Ground Coffeehouse, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, June 2009
  • National Arts Club, NYC—wedding reception, May 2009
  • House Concert, home of Leon and Barbara Potgeiter, Yonkers, NY, September 2007
  • The Metropolitan Club, NYC—wedding reception, March 2007
  • Orienta Beach Club, Mamaroneck, NY—receptions and Holiday parties, January 2006-January 2007
  • The Harvard Club, NYC—reception, October 2006
  • The Algonquin Hotel, NYC—played various parties and receptions, including in the Oak Room, Oct. 2003-June 2004
  • The Plaza Hotel, NYC—for a benefit for the Manhattan Theatre Club, cocktail hour, Jan. 2002
  • Faculty House, Columbia University, New York, NY—for a graduation reception; cocktail hour and dinner, May 2000
  • Eastcliff, St. Paul, MN (the home of the President of the Univ. of Minn. and his family)—for parties and social functions, March 1995-May 1996
  • Mounds View High School, Arden Hills, MN—improvised incidental music for A Thurber Carnival, Oct-Nov 1990 (while a student there)

Small Ensemble—Selected Performances

Large Ensemble—Selected Performances

  • Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, 13-piece ensemble & Pedro Giraudo Expansions Big Band, 17-piece ensemble—arranged piano parts, performed at venues such as The Knitting Factory, the Argentinian Consulate, The Jazz Gallery, The Jazz Standard, Birdland, Joe’s Pub, Wooster Jazz Series (Danbury, CT), The Falcon (Marlboro, NY), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Macao International Music Festival. Appeared on Soundcheck, WNYC radio. 2003-present
  • 1996 Disney All-American College Jazz Band, Orlando, FL—a two-month engagement performing big-band and show music at Epcot Center, Disney World. Guest artists included Maureen McGovern, Joe Williams, John Pizzarelli, Toni Tenille, The Manhattan Rhythm Kings. In addition, the rhythm section accompanied Arturo Sandoval, and Cleo Laine & John Dankworth in special concerts at the Disney Institute concert hall. June-August 1996
  • Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra—one-week engagement on the paddleboat Mississippi Queen, traveled from St. Paul, MN to Davenport, IA, August 1995
  • Steve Wright Big Band—(MN) played swing, jazz, and big-band dance music. Performed for wedding reception, Gustavus Adolphus College Prom
  • Jazz Composers’ Art Ensemble—(MN) 11-piece jazz band. Performed original modern jazz compositions
  • André Stephani Sextet—(MN) played jazz, pop, Salsa music. Performed at restaurants, bars, 1996 KBEM Jazz Festival. Member from May 1995-May 1996


  • American Tap Dance Foundation: varied performances, July 2006-present, including Tap City, The Duke on 42nd St Theater, July 2006/07/15/16, Symphony Space, July 2008/09/10/14; also Tappy Holidays, Symphony Space, December 2006/07; Tap Jam @ Swing 46, February 2013; ATDF Tap Camp, August 2010/11/14; The Bessie Awards @ BAM, October 2016
  • The Elegance of Tap & The Comedy of Tap, Town Hall, NYC—with The Tap Collective, performing “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” February 2000
  • Vaudeville 2000, NYC—tap-dance variety show at LaMama Experimental Theater; with The Tap Collective in performances of “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” January 1999
  • Jersey Jazz By The Lake, Kenilworth, NJ—tap dancing show for children, September 1998
  • The Duplex Cabaret Theater , NYC—Laughter for Life, a cabaret benefit for the Leukemia Society of America, April 1998. Accompanied singers performing ballads, showtunes, and disco. Also composed incidental music for a monologue
  • Blessed Sacrament Elementary School, NYC—for a concert (plus rehearsals) of pop, folk, gospel and other children’s music given by third- through sixth-graders, May 1998
  • P.S. 86, Bronx, NY—for a concert (plus rehearsals) of children’s music (in a quasi-jazz and quasi-show style) written by composer Aline Shader, performed by third- through sixth-graders. May-June 1998

Musical Directorships: Pianist/Arranger/Music Preparation

  • American Tap Dance Foundation, various events, especially for the Tap City Youth Ensemble, July 2006-present; including Rockin’ In Rhythm, Symphony Space, February 2013; 13th Annual Tap City Awards, July 2013
  • Juahn Cabrera, vocalist, pop, South American folk: SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club, November 2012; Duplex Cabaret Theater, December 2012
  • Diana Kazakova, vocalist, Le Chéile, New Years 2012; Don’t Tell Mama, September 2012
  • Cyré, vocalist, jazz, pop, R&B; 1998-2006
  • George Pellegrino, Cabaret show, “More:” Judy’s Chelsea, NYC—10 performances, February 2001; “Something Romantic” Off-Broadway Palm, Ft. Myers, FL—3 performances, January 2000; Arci’s Place, NYC—6 performances, February 2000

Soundtracks/Film and Theater Music/Recordings

  • Here on Christmas Day” by Jack Haigis, piano feature and accompaniment, released November 2012
  • Royal Gambit—Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL), One-Act Play Contest 2010 (Zone 1); Northeast Independent School District, March 2010
  • The Judgment of Weeping Mary—score (solo piano), 2008
  • Mr. Lady—played piano, Fender Rhodes, and Hammond organ for a Korean movie soundtrack, jazz, pop, gospel, tango styles, March 2002
  • Centralia, Bank Street Theater, NYC—improvised piano and keyboard accompaniment and incidental music for Centralia, an improvised-theater troupe, July 2001
  • 1001 Nights, Connelly Theater, NYC—played keyboard in the pit band for this original production, with music by Bobby Lopez, part of the NYC Fringe Festival, Aug. 1998
  • Recording Session, Tisch School of the Arts—played keyboard parts; incidental music, composed by Ryan Shore, for a short film, April 1998

Special: Dave Brubeck’s Music

  • Brubeck Transcriptions—Five transcriptions of Brubeck improvisations were donated to the archive at the Brubeck Institute, University of the Pacific , Stockton, CA, at the request of Mr. Brubeck, 2001
  • “In Your Own Sweet Way”: The Music of Dave Brubeck (JVC Jazz Festival), Manhattan School of Music, NYC— presented hour-long lecture/performance on Dave Brubeck, June 1999
  • The Music of Dave Brubeck (MSM)—gave a special concert (not for school credit) performing Brubeck’s works; solo, trio, quartet and septet. Feb. 1998
  • Dave Brubeck Collector and Historian—1988-present

Miscellaneous/Special Performances

  • The Caravan Music Collective—Benefit concerts organized by Diana Kazakova, supporting charities New York Cares and City Harvest, Underground Lounge & The Living Room, NYC, April 2013-present
  • Larchmont Academy Chamber Players, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC—Arranged five movements for jazz sextet for a performance of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, March 2004, March 2010
  • America’s Heroes of Freedom, Washington, DC—accompanied vocalist Cyré in performance of our original song, “I’ll See You In Heaven,” at a September 11 memorial concert; other performers included Roberta Flack and Randy Travis, Sept. 2002
  • Larchmont Academy Chamber Players, Larchmont, NY—Anne Huter, violin, and Steven Huter, piano, premièred my composition Apart, Feb. 2002
  • Brian Jacob Live at the Orange Bear, NYC—played keyboard for Jacob’s NYC debut; rock and folk-rock, June 2001
    St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington, MN—Young Artists Series, Dec. 1997. Performed original compositions and the music of Dave Brubeck with a jazz trio
  • Dakota Bar & Grill, Minneapolis, MN—sideman with singer/saxophonist Arthur Phillips, Dec. 1995; trumpeter Terell Stafford, Feb. 1996, Sara Kosiorek’s 40th Birthday, October 2010
  • A Stravinsky Concert, Borden Hall (MSM)—played the Tango for piano, as well as sang in the choir—including a short basso solo—for a performance of Les Noces, Dec. 1997
  • Artists’ Quarter, St. Paul, MN—house pianist for Saturday jam sessions, Oct. 1995-June 1996
  • Univ. of Minn. Women’s Sports Pavilion—organized pep band (trio) for U. of M. women’s volleyball and basketball games, group also sang The Star-Spangled Banner at selected games, Jan-March 1995

Composition & Arrangement Experience

  • Composed over 100 jazz instrumental tunes
  • Arranged jazz originals and standards for small group performance
  • Arranged over 30 Holiday songs for jazz performance
  • Composed three pieces for jazz big band
  • Arranged “Waltz For Debby” for 6-part vocal jazz ensemble; arranged “Night and Day” for 3-part vocal ensemble and rhythm section
  • Collaborated with lyricist/vocalist Yolanda in composing original songs, as well as lyricist/vocalist Cyré, lyricist/vocalist Edonis, and composer/producer Dustin Young
  • Composed Melodic Ally, a modern-classical piece for flute, clarinet, and ’cello; Kick Me (incomplete), a jazz-influenced piece for classical piano trio (piano, violin, ’cello). Additional compositions include Apart (see Misc.), for violin and piano, and various other chamber pieces
  • Arranged Sweet Little Jesus Boy for the La Cueva High School Orchestra, Albuquerque, NM (Feb 1997)
  • Arranged the piano part for a recording of “Hello” (L. Richie) for an Easy Listening CD recorded in Minnesota

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