Jerry was born in Cleveland, Ohio. At the age of five his family moved to Harrison, NY in Westchester county. In the 4th grade he started taking clarinet lessons. Jerry’s brother Rick Marotta brought home the drum kit that would change both their lives for good.
In the summer of 1973, Rick had done a record with a group called Arthur, Hurley and Gotlieb for Columbia Records and their single had just broken the top 40.They were in need of a drummer and Jerry got the call. In 1975 Jerry auditioned for a Woodstock based group called Orleans and played on his first hit “Still The One” In the summer of 1977, Jerry flew to London and started working with ex-Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel.
For the next two decades Jerry divided his time between recording and touring with Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Tears for Fears, Joan Armatrading, Paul McCartney,Sarah McLachlan, John Mayer and countless others.
Between recording and touring, Jerry manages two studios: DREAMLAND and JERSVILLE. Jerry’s producer credits now include Kristin Hall, Larry Gowan, Andrew Caine, Pam Goldin, Gabriella Schaaf, Barbara Kessler, Ellis Paul, andSarah Perrotta.
Currently Jerry is spreading his time between The Marotta Brothers Band (with Rick), The Fragile Fate with Rupert Greenall (The Fixx), Flav Martin, Security Project with Trey Gunn, Reelin’ in the Years, and Annie & The Hedonists.