"A tribute to my late husband and soulmate"
- Ann Anello
For over 30 years, Mitch Kerper experienced profound success as a professional Jazz pianist, composer, Broadway conductor, arranger, and author. The scope of his accomplishments have been extensive, providing him the opportunity to both compose and perform music in domestic and international venues.
Mitch composed thematic music for such prominent network TV shows as NBC TV's "Another World", ABC TV's "One Life to Live", numerous game shows such as "Issues and Answers", "Beat the Clock", "What's My Line?", "Match Game", "Hollywood Squares" and the theme for ABC TV's Monday Night Baseball (1978/1979). In addition, he received an Emmy nomination for the TV Special "The Best Of Everything". As a musical director/conductor, he conducted the original Broadway company of "Hair", "Two Gentlemen of Verona", "But Never Jam Today" and "Les Misérables". He also conducted the National Tour of "The Wiz". Additionally, he served as the World Tour musical director for the Royal Viking Cruise Line.
His performance credits include both written compositions as well as on stage performances in Carnegie Hall. He also appeared with a variety of prestigious artists, whom he was musical director for, such names as The Manhattan Transfer, Kenny Rogers, Buddy Rich, The Staple Singers, and Leslie Gore highlight a few. During numerous recording sessions, Mitch also participated as an accompanist for a variety of well known vocalists, including the popular RCA album "Minds Eye" by Jon Lucien and Irene Cara "Fame".
To envision Kerper's professional accomplishments as a successful musical pianist, composer, arranger, author, and performer, it can be said that he lived an exceptionally brilliant life. However, Mitch Kerper suffered from a debilitating disease (Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome) that took his life in 2006.
He was one of the greatest jazz musicians of our century, playing with the legendary Chet Baker for many years. Through his music, Mitch shall live forever. Through his spirit and courage, his soul shall spring eternal.