“A Steinway makes the impossible seem possible. Chords come to life. Compositions appear out of thin air. It's inspiration unleashed.”
Singer, songwriter and pianist Jon Regen began his career as a sideman to jazz artists like Kyle Eastwood and Little Jimmy Scott. A protégé of the legendary pianist Kenny Barron, Regen made a left turn into singer/songwriter territory with a series of acclaimed solo albums including “Stop Time” (2015) which featured members of Elvis Costello’s Imposters, and “Higher Ground” (2019), which included guest appearances by icons like Andy Summers of The Police, Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Chuck Leavell of The Rolling Stones and Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran. Regen also hit Number One on the Billboard Charts with his instrumental album “Change Your Mind.”
The Associated Press said of Regen, “His sturdy songs, pleasing tenor and seven-foot grand are a captivating combination.” The Wall Street Journal called Regen “a confident, soulful singer,” and DownBeat said “Regen’s music shoots from - and directly into - the heart.” The Philadelphia Inquirer said, “The piano man has always exuded an impeccable stylishness, a blend of earthiness and sophistication that recalls such fellow masters of the 88s as Allen Toussaint and Bruce Hornsby.” Hornsby himself also chimed-in, saying “Regen has a rare combination of elements - virtuosic playing ability, soulful singing, and a strong songwriting talent, all developing more and more as he grows and grows as an artist through the years. Give him a freaking listen!”
Regen is currently finishing his tenth studio album. Produced by Jamiroquai keyboardist Matt Johnson, the as-yet-untitled, genre-bending recording features legends like Ron Carter, Rob Thomas and Pino Palladino, plus many others.
Jon Regen is the Entertainment Director for GrandLife Hotels, the former Editor of Keyboard Magazine, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Billboard, Variety, Tape Op and other media outlets. He also produced and hosted nearly 100 episodes of his acclaimed radio show “New York Notes” on JazzRadio Berlin, and was featured in the Emmy Award-winning Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
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