Press Release

For Immediate Release


The Jeff Kier Trio features, Jeff Kier - piano, Michael Hershenson – guitars, and Lanny Grilly – drums,

The group members have a long history in Jazz – they’ve

played with, or shared the stage with jazz greats, such as

Ahmad Jamal, Willie Pickens, Henry Johnson, Chuck Webb, Dave Liebman, Mose Allison, Judy Roberts, Hal Russell, John Campbell, Hoagy Carmichael, Frank D’Rone, Howard Levy, Rusty Jones, Robert Shy, Mark Walker, Mayo Tiana, James Sanders, Fareed Haque, Ghalib Ghallab, Larry Novak,…just to name a few.


They are called upon to play as guest artists at universities such as The University Of Chicago, Triton College, Northeastern University, and Roosevelt University.


The members have played across the U.S. from The Lion’s Share in San Francisco, The Desert Inn in Las Vegas, The Jazz Showcase & The Green Mill in Chicago, Smalls in Greenwich Village, NightTown in Clevenland, as well as internationally – in Rome, Paris, and Tel-Aviv.


The Jeff Kier Trio performs pianist Jeff Kier's jazz compositions. Mark Stevens, a San Francisco DJ, commented that "Jeff was emerging as one of the great composers of our time." Their last CD, "Goin' Places!” by Jeff Kier & The Grilly Brothers, on the BluJazz label, was Grammy Recognized in 2009.



The Jeff Kier Trio’s current show combines Jeff's indelible melodies and the band’s unique fusion of solid grooves and seductive world-rhythms. We also play a host of jazz standards.


Much of Jeff Kier's music has been scored for both Symphony & Jazz Orchestras. Examples recorded live at The Jazz Showcase can be found under the "Concerto Grosso Jazz  Project" menu at: