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Warren Bernhardt

Pianist, educator, and author Warren Bernhardt was born in Wausau, Wisconsin in 1938. At the age of 5, his family moved to New York City, where he began to seriously study classical music on the piano. In 1957, he moved to Chicago and immersed himself in the local jazz scene, eventually playing with the Paul Winter Sextet. In 1962, John Hammond of Columbia records brought them to New York to record an album. Ever since then, Warren has remained in NYC, recording and touring as a jazz pianist, accompanist, sideman, arranger, producer and bandleader.

Warren has worked with Jack Dejohnette, Gerry Mulligan, Jeremy Steig, Mike Mainieri, Gary McFarland, George Young and Kazumi Watanabe, among others, and he has accompanied such accomplished performers as Donald Fagen, Carly Simon, Tim Hardin, Art Garfunkel, Richie Havens, Michael Franks, Patti Lupone, and Liza Minnelli. In the 1980’s, he was keyboardist and co-leader of the jazz/fusion group, Steps Ahead. In the 1990’s, he was the pianist and musical director on tour with Steely Dan. In the 2000’s, he toured with Simon & Garfunkel. Most recently, Warren has been on tour with L’Image, a band that includes Tony Levin, Steve Gadd, Dave Spinozza, and Mike Mainieri. Their debut album, 2.0, was released in 2009 with sparkling reviews.

In addition to touring and recording, Warren conducts jazz workshops at the State University of New York in New Paltz. He also has released a three-CD set of solo performances: a CD of classical works, a CD of jazz standards, a CD of original compositions and improvisations and a set of instructional books and DVDs. These are all available on Warren’s new label, Big Guy Sounds.