2019 Next generation jazz orchestra at monterey jazz festival 62

Year: 2019


the 15th annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party

Year: 2018


Yes I Can/Watch Me
2019 Youngarts Los Angeles
Music composed by
Serena Geroe
Anna Herrera
Writing | Spoken Word
2019 YoungARts Los ANgeles
Music composed by Serena Geroe

Year: 2019

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


Four on six 

Year: 2018

Recorded at Spragueland

Serena, guitar

Duncan Moore, drums

Justin Grinnell, bass


St. Denis 

Year: 2018

Recorded At: The Museum of Making Music

Serena, guitar

Wesley Biasi, drums

Wylen Winchell, bass

Rob Ledonne, Del Mar Times: "CCA Alumna Serena Geroe is at the forefront of jazz's new age" (October 29, 2019)

(Geroe) has established herself as one of the jazz world's youngest and most promising stars...

George Varga, San Diego Union Tribune: "'Women in Jazz' concert rich in talent and mutual support" (March 19, 2017)

Hofmann sparkled on every selection she performed, from her ebullient alto flute playing on the rollicking version of Fats Domino’s “I’m Walkin’,“ which opened the set, to her dancing lines on a joyous version of Duke Ellington’s “Squatty Roo,” which brought the evening to a close.


The latter song also featured an arresting solo by special guest Serena Geroe, the concert’s youngest performer at 15. One of San Diego’s most promising young talents, she performed with impressive poise and panache on her Gibson 335 electric guitar.

George Varga, San Diego Union Tribune: "'Women in Jazz' concert will put the music first with talent-rich lineup" (March 11, 2017)

The “Women in Jazz” concert will feature a mix of original compositions and fresh versions of such classics as “Willow Weep for Me” and “Star-Crossed Lovers.”


"For the last song of the concert, I’m bringing out Serena Geroe,” [Holly] Hofmann said. “She is a student at the International Jazz Academy San Diego and is a regular in Gilbert’s weekly Wednesday night ‘Young Lion’ series at Panama 66 in Balboa Park. She’s 15 and an outstanding young guitarist. She’s a prime example of the great young women artists we have coming up in jazz.”

  • 2019 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra Guitarist

  • 2019 National YoungArts Winner in Jazz/Guitar. 2019 YoungArts LA Jazz Combo 

  • 2018 Oregon Coast Jazz Party , Featured Performer

  • Jazz in the Courtyard 2018, Holly Hofmann's Four Women Only Band

  • MiraCosta Oceanside Jazz Orchestra, MiraCosta College 2018 - 2019

  • Ambassadors of Soul: guitarist and soloist on CDs Keepin It Real! and; Just Make It Funky!, which was nominated for a 2018 San Diego Music award in the category of best local recording; 2016 - 2019

  • Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony 2018

  • Grammy Jazz Camp Finalist 2018

  • Museum of Making Music Benefit Concert 2018, Featured Performer

  • Berklee School of Music: Full Tuition Scholarship 5 Week Summer Program 2018

  • Young Lions Jazz Conservatory 2017-2018
  • Berklee School of Music: Scholarship Guitar Week 2017

  • Women in Jazz, A Jazz @ the Jacobs Concert, Copley Symphony Hall, special guest performer 2017

  • District Advanced Honor Jazz Ensemble 2017

  •  Cal Poly San Luis Obispo All-State Festival Jazz Band Guitarist 2016

  • Outstanding Soloist, Canyon Crest Ensemble #3, California Association for Music Education SBS 2016

  • Merit Scholarships for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2015-2017

  • Merit Scholarship awarded by America's Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society to attend Sacramento Jazz Society Summer Camp 2016

  • 8th Annual Women in Jazz & Future of Jazz Women, guitarist and vocalist 2016

  • Reno Jazz Festival 2016

  • California All State Junior High Jazz Band Guitarist 2015

  • International Academy of Jazz San Diego 2015-2016

  • Merit Scholarships for instrumental and vocal jazz, Francis W. Parker Jazz Workshop 2015

  • Outstanding Jazz Musician, Oak Crest Middle School 2015

  • Outstanding Soloist, Oak Crest MS Jazz Band, California Association for Music education Southern Border Section Jazz Festival 2015

  • Serena has performed jazz at Copley Symphony Hall, Dizzy's, The Music Box, Croce's Park West, Panama 66, the Museum of Making Music and many other San Diego venues.

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