Gerald is spending his junior year at the Manhattan School of Music while enrolled in the jazz studies program of the University of Southern California. He began classical piano lessons at 6, participating in piano competitions and performing in a variety of settings throughout his elementary and high school years; however, Gerald’s first love is jazz.
n the summer of 1999 and 2000, he performed with the Latin Jazz Student All Star Band at the Greek Theatre and in 2001 he won the Spotlight Award and received the Outstanding Soloist Award during the Monterey High School Jazz Competition in 2001 and 2002.
A 2002 graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Gerald was a member of the school’s Jazz Combo and Jazz Big Band. In 2002 he was selected for the Grammy High School Big Band, presented with the “Level 1” award by the National Foundation for the Advancement for the Arts, attended the Vail Jazz Workshop, received the Shelley Manne Award for emerging young artists from the Los Angeles Jazz Society, was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
In June 2004 he performed at Steinway Hall in New York and received a $15,000 scholarship from the Music for Youth Foundation. Along side his studies, Gerald finds time to play in various LA-area jazz venues.