Glenn Zaleski

Glenn Zaleski is an American jazz pianist, keyboardist, composer, and arranger.

Glenn Zaleski
Born1987 or 1988[1]
Boylston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, arranger
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards

Early life

Zaleski was born and raised in Boylston, Massachusetts.[2] His parents were Bob and Barbara Zaleski.[1] He has an older brother, Mark, who plays the saxophone.[2] Glenn took piano lessons from the age of seven.[2] He played in an elementary school jazz band.[2] While at high school, he had gigs in the Worcester, Massachusetts area.[1] In 2004 he attended the Brubeck Institute's Summer Jazz Colony.[1] He graduated from Tahanto Regional High School in 2005.[3][4]

Zaleski received a two-year fellowship to study at the Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific (2005–07), then completed his degree at The New School.[5] In 2006 he played with Dave Brubeck at the Monterey Jazz Festival.[5]

Later life and career

Zaleski appeared on two trio albums with bassist Rick Rosato and drummer Colin Stranahan.[5]

Zaleski's My Ideal, released by Sunnyside Records, contained both standards and Zaleski originals.[6] Nate Chinen, reviewing My Ideal for The New York Times, wrote that some of the playing was "a little too close to the aesthetic territory of Brad Mehldau. [...] But if there is any unfinished business on this accomplished first outing, it involves a stronger claim to originality."[7]

He played piano and keyboards on violinist Tomoko Omura's Roots.[8] As of 2015, Zaleski is based in New York City.[9]

Playing style

Zaleski acknowledges Bill Evans as an influence on his playing style.[6] Chinen noted Zaleski's "subtleties of touch [...] along with his fluent but unhurried sense of phrase".[7]


An asterisk (*) indicates that the year is that of release.

As leader/co-leader

Year recorded Title Label Personnel/Notes
2010* Duet Suite Duo, with Mark Zaleski (sax)
2011* Anticipation Capri Trio, co-led with Rick Rosato (bass), Colin Stranahan (drums)
2013* Limitless Capri Trio, co-led with Rick Rosato (bass), Colin Stranahan (drums)
2014 My Ideal Sunnyside Most tracks trio, with Dezron Douglas (bass), Craig Weinrib (drums); one track quartet, with Ravi Coltrane (tenor sax) added

As sideman

Year recorded Leader Title Label
2016* Scott Tixier Cosmic Adventure Sunnyside Records
2015* Isaac Darche Team & Variations Challenge
2015* Tomoko Omura Roots Inner Circle
2015* Lucas Pino No Net Nonet Origin
2017* Lucas Pino The Answer Is No Outside In Music


  1. Simas, Art (May 25, 2005) "The Kid's Got the Goods". Telegram & Gazette. p. 133.
  2. Bhatia, Rafiq "Glenn Zaleski: 'A Sound'". The Jazz Gallery.
  3. Duckett, Richard (November 24, 2008) "Brothers in Concert". Telegram & Gazette. p. E1.
  4. Keenan, Kevin (June 6, 2005) "Tahanto Graduates Urged to Take Risks While They Can". Telegram & Gazette. p. B1.
  5. Dryden, Ken (April 2015) "No Net Nonet Lucas Pino (Origin) My Ideal Glenn Zaleski (Sunnyside)". The New York City Jazz Record. p. 17.
  6. Garelick, Jon (May 2015) "Glenn Zaleski – My Ideal". Down Beat. p. 59.
  7. Chinen, Nate (March 16, 2015) "New Albums From Sirens, Zaleski and Miller". The New York Times.
  8. Tangari, Joe (April 2015) "Tomoko Omura – Roots". Down Beat. p. 62.
  9. Booth, Philip (May 6, 2015) "Glenn Zaleski – My Ideal". JazzTimes.
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