"One of San Diego's most promising young talents..."
- George Varga
  San Diego Union Tribune

ABOUT Serena

Serena Geroe, 18, has been playing guitar since she was 8. Serena is the 2019 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra Guitarist, and performed with NGJO at the 62nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. Serena's other recent honors include 2019 National YoungArts Foundation Winner in Jazz/Guitar and member of the 2019 YoungArts LA Jazz Combo,  2018 Brubeck Institute Jazz Colony, 2018 Grammy Jazz Camp finalist and a 2018 full tuition scholarship from the Berklee School of Music for their five week summer program.  Serena was the youngest and only high school age soloist selected to play at the 2018 Oregon Coast Jazz Party and at the 2017 Women in Jazz "She's Got Swing" concert at Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego.  For the past three years she was guitarist for the funk big band Ambassadors of Soul, and can be heard on their CDs  Doin' Our Thing, Keepin' It Real!, and Just Make It Funky , which was nominated for a 2018 San Diego Music Award in the category of best local album.  In addition to leading her own trio, Serena has performed as guitarist for Holly Hofmann's Four Women Only band, as well as with the MiraCosta Oceanside Jazz Orchestra.  Serena was the 2016 Cal Poly All-State Festival Jazz Band guitarist and the 2015 California All State Junior High Jazz Band guitarist and has studied and performed with the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory and the International Academy of Jazz San Diego.  

Yes I Can/Watch Me
Composed by
Serena Geroe

Performed by 2019 YoungArts Winners in Jazz:

Jayla Chee | Double Bass

Tiger Diep | Saxophone/Alto

Serena Geroe | Guitar

Dalton Hayes | Piano

Samuel Keedy | Trombone

David Lee | Percussion James Nelson |Saxophone/Alto Cole Palensky |Saxophone/Tenor Gianna Pedregon | Violin Ethan Pires | Trumpet

The Del Mar Times October 2019 interview with Serena 
Read the article on the Del Mar Times website here
Serena was featured in
The San Diego Union Tribune's 2017 Fall Arts Preview.
Read the article on the Tribune website here
Download the article as a pdf here.


Matthew Padula & Serena Geroe
February 14 | 6:00 pm
Bistro 63
163 N Pleasant Street
Amherst, Massachusetts
Reservations Recommended: (413) 259-1600 


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