Garry Dial

Jazz Arts Dept.


Garry Dial received his BA and MM from Manhattan School of Music; attended Berklee College of Music; and studied privately with Charlie Banacos, Mary Lou Williams, and Jacki Byard.

Garry Dial has performed in New York at the jazz clubs The Knickerbocker and Smalls and with vocalist Hilary Kole at Birdland. He recently toured with Hilary Kole’s quartet to Montreal; Perugia, Italy for the Umbria Jazz festival; and London, Paris, and Istanbul.

The death in 2009 of Garry’s teacher Charlie Banacos, with whom he had studied through the mail for 37 years, was a loss to the jazz world. Shortly before his death, Mr. Banacos had asked Garry, through the Banacos family, to help continue his teaching, giving private jazz lessons online for all instruments and vocalists.

In 2010, actor Ben Stiller hired Garry to teach him to play the piano for the Broadway production of John Guare’s “House of Blue Leaves.” Garry was recently featured in an article in Backstage magazine called “The Pleasure of his Accompaniment.” In 2011 he and Dick Oatts received a grant from Temple University to write and record original music to poems by Walt Whitman, a project that features a large choir and the Dial and Oatts jazz quartet.

Garry Dial has been a member of the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and of the New School of Social Research since 1990.