Ask anyone who has ever experienced him play, he owns his music. There are no wasted beats, or breaks. Every sound, every moment of silence, has a purpose. You cannot hear him and not feel the intensity behind his playing. The rhythm talks to you and the conversation between sound and emotion has always been the best recipe for good music, with Jennings you get both.
Jerome is an internationally travelled artist whose distinct sound reflects a fierce connection to the swing tradition, soul music, and hip hop - All he considers authentic American musical art forms.
Jerome has always valued education and the pursuit of excellence. In 2004 he graduated from Rutgers University Mason Gross School for the performing arts. Later, the summer of 2007 Jerome earned a masters degree from the prestigious Juilliard School in Manhattan NY. Beginning fall 2017, Jerome accepted the position as Resident Director of The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra.
At Juilliard, Jennings became the first Jazz Studies recipient of the Morse Fellowship, a program that brings the performing arts to New York City school students and their classroom teachers in annual artist residencies. Morse Fellows prepare their own curriculum and teach two classes per week throughout the academic year in area schools. This pioneering program brings much-needed music instruction to schools that are underserved in the arts, while providing select Juilliard students the opportunity to mature as teaching artists.
Jerome has a love and passion for history. In 2014, under the tutelage of historian, professor, disc jockey, producer Phil Schaap Jerome passed Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Swing University 301 course: The most comprehensive study of jazz from a non-performance perspective, available. Jazz At Lincoln Center has Jerome Jennings on file as an accredited jazz scholar. He has curated and taught specialized Jazz classes through JALC’s Swing University. Jerome has hosted and moderated Jazz panels through The Nation Jazz Museum in Harlem.
As a performer Jerome Jennings has played every major Jazz club in New York City from The Village Vanguard, Birdland, The BlueNote, to Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. Internationally he’s traveled to and performed in over 45 countries.
Jerome Jennings enjoys teaching, conducting clinics, and educational youth out reach in conjunction with Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People (JFYP) program. He is also teen mentor, ensemble coach, and drum instructor for NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center). He is also an instructor, ensemble leader for Lincoln Centers JALCYO (Jazz At Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra) programs. He is drum instructor and ensemble leader for Jazz House Kids; a community arts organization in New Jersey exclusively dedicated to educating children through jazz:One of America’s home-grown art forms.
As always, Jerome has remained a pertinent per- former. His debut recording ‘The Beast’ was named one of the top 3 Jazz releases by NPR, received a 4 star rating in DownBeat Magazine, and nominated for the prestigious French ‘Grand Prix du disque’ award for Album Of The Year 2016. Jerome performs in various concert halls and clubs nationally and internationally accompanying various accomplished artists.
To date Jerome has/is performing/recording/ touring with; Sonny Rollins, Hank Jones, The Count Basie Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis (J@LC), Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Hamiet Bluiett, Freddy Cole, Paula West, Ronnie Mathews, Ernestine Anderson, Benny Golson, Craig Handy, Davell Crawford, Houston Person, Mike “Philly” Phillips, Henry Butler, Slide Hampton, Mary Stallings, Gerald Wilson, Tim Reis, Bernard Fowler, Benny Powell, The Mingus Big Band, Curtis Fuller, Valery Ponomarev, and many more.