A native of Staten Island, New York, Jeremy Manasia began playing piano at the age of 7, after receiving a birthday gift from his godmother for a year of piano lessons. The lessons continued, and in 1985 he was accepted to the LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts. In his second year of high school he was placed in a jazz history course taught by Justin DiCioccio—an exposure to jazz that would forever alter his life. Within two years he performed at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall with the New York All City Jazz Band and the McDonalds Tri-State Jazz Ensemble, featuring artists such as Red Rodney, Arnie Lawrence, Steve Turre, and bandmates including Greg Hutchinson, Abraham Burton, Walter Blanding, and Eric McPherson.
In 1989, Jeremy Manasia attended Manhattan School of Music, where he was introduced to a larger world of music and jazz through his teachers Harold Danko and Gary Dial. During this time he toured with the Ryan Kisor Quintet, which featured, among others, Chris Potter, Ari Ambrose, and Dwayne Burno. After college he began regularly attending classes with jazz great Barry Harris, who connected him with the Royal Conservatory of Den Haag, where he received his Master’s degree and studied with Dutch jazz legend Franz Elsan. While in the Netherlands, he toured all over Europe and played on his first recording, The Deep, with the band Five Up High.
In 1997, Manasia returned to New York to study more with Chris Anderson and Harry Whitaker. He soon became a regular on the New York City jazz circuit, where he has been ever since. Jeremy has performed with Jimmy Cobb, Peter Bernstein, Javon Jackson, Wayne Esscoffrey, Joe Magnarelli, Nneena Freelon, and Diane Schur and has recorded with the Charles Owens Quartet, the Greg Glassman/Stacy Dillard Quintet, David Gibson, John Boutte, Jane Monheit, and many others. He has been a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and the American Pianists Association Jazz Piano Competition.
Jeremy Manasia has won a Presidential Scholars Award, numerous Downbeat Student Music Awards, and three Charles Mingus Competition awards for his teaching.
Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 1997.