Jazz pianist and composer Bunny Beck comes from a long line of musicians. Her dad – banjo player, guitarist, singer Larry Sideman had a band that played hotels, her aunt played vaudeville violin and her grandmother sang opera.
A native New Yorker, Bunny is a graduate of the High School of Music and Art and SUNY Potsdam. As a teenager she was teaching private piano students, both adults and children.
Originally trained as a classical pianist starting at age 6, Bunny studied with a range of teachers. She is extremely grateful to have had the honor of being the only child student of renowned concert pianist Selma Kramer.
Ultimately Bunny realized that jazz was her passion, so she sought out jazz mentors. She studied with the superb performer, composer, arranger Lee Evans, with the brilliant pianist Fernando Hernandez, and with jazz piano legend Harold Mabern.
In 2002 Bunny had the unique opportunity to study and play in Cuba with Reinaldo Gomez Ruiz and his band, “Gens”, and most recently studied in Rio de Janeiro and played jazz clubs there.
An ardent admirer of many great jazz pianists, Bunny gravitates most toward the sound, feel and style of Bud Powell, Wynton Kelly and Sonny Clark.
Bunny performs solo and with other musicians, playing in the US as well as abroad.
Professional musician memberships include the American Federation of Musicians – Local 802 and ASCAP. Bunny is also a member and past Board member of International Women in Jazz.