Orginally from a little suburb of North London, Gerard took up trumpet at 10 and became an active member of the London Jazz Scene from his early teens.
During the 1980ʼs there were many young jazz musicians coming through and Gerard played with many of the new generation on the UK jazz scene.
His wide variety of playing experiences led him to play frequently with celebrated jazz pianist Stan Tracey and at the age of 18 he recorded a duet on Stanʼs live album at the Queen Elizabeth Hall released on Bluenote Records.
Around this time, Gerard was the soloist on a recording, again for Bluenote on a track for US3 entitled Cantaloop Flip Fantasia, a reworking of the Herbie Hancock classic. Cantaloop became a worldwide hit and Gerardʼs soloing was heard by millions of people, selling millions of albums on this rare chart-topping Jazz release.
At 18 Presencer also began a working with Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones.Gerard has made many albums with Charlie and has gone on to write/play/tour/produce for Charlie-most recently writing and producing his big band album for Impulse Records.
Gerard has played and recorded with many jazz musicians, but he feels the following artists have been inspirational: Chick Corea, John Taylor, Stan Tracey, Herbie Hancock, Mark Turner, Red Rodney, Jack DeJohnette, Chris Potter, Vince Mendoza, Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Peter Erskine, Mulgrew Miller and Tony Coe.
From an early age, Gerard’s fascination with the study of trumpet playing led him into teaching and so he has taught throughout his career learning from the greats and his own mistakes!
As a studio musician, he has played for artists including: Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, Pet Shop Boys, Sting, Take That, Robbie Williams, Zero 7, Incognito, Paul Weller and collaborated on a filmscore with Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead.
Gerard has won the trumpet category of the British Jazz Awards 4 times, He has released 4 solo albums most recently his first big band recording with the Danish Radio Big Band entitled Groove Travels.
In recent years Gerard has started to explore new horizons for his playing within a more classical setting, where he improvises as part of the acclaimed chamber group, The Suoni Ensemble led by composer Siobhan Lamb. The ensemble have released 3 albums for the Naxos label and are busy touring in 2018 with a new project (and fourth album), The Red Shoes that is based on the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen.
As a teacher, Gerard was Head of the Brass Department at the Jazz Institute Berlin for 17 years and was the Head of Jazz Studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1999 to 2010, where, with his students, developed the M.A.P. system to help support his students transition into the often eclectic and highly demanding professional world.