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Mi. 9. Januar, 20:30
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Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein (b. 1967, New York City) has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. During that time he has participated in over 80 recordings and numerous festival, concert and club performances with musicians from all generations. As a leader, Peter has released nine albums and a DVD, Live at Smoke. He got his first break while attending the New School when he met the legendary guitarist Jim Hall. Hall asked Peter to participate in his Invitational Concert as part of the 1990 JVC Jazz Festival. The event featured such guitarists as John Scofield and Pat Metheny and was release as Live at Town Hall Vol. 2. by Music Masters. Hall noted that Peter "has paid attention to the past as well as the future. He is the most impressive guitarist I’ve heard. He plays the best of them all for swing, logic, feel and taste."
Also in 1990, Peter Bernstein was discovered by alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson and took part in the first of four recordings with him. He was a regular member of his group throughout the 1990s. "Some people just have it." Donaldson said. "most of the time you have to teach someone what to do, but Peter knows it all."
Peter has also enjoyed long musical associations with legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb (Cobb's Mob), as well as organist Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart as a member of their highly acclaimed trio. The New York Times called them "the best organ trio of the last decade". Together they recorded a dozen of records, all of which display their distinctive sound, whether exploring the depths of jazz standards or playing their original compositions. From 1995 through 1997, Peter was a member of Joshua Redman's band and played on Redman's Freedom in the Groove CD. He played with Diana Krall's quartet from 1999 through 2001 and with Dr. Lonnie Smith, the legendary organist who made his debut on the George Benson Cookbook albums. He has also recorded five CDs with organist Melvin Rhyne, known for his association with Wes Montgomery. In addition, Peter has appeared in groups led by Nicholas Payton, Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz, Tom Harrell, and Eric Alexander.
Current Projects include his album, Monk, with Doug Weiss and Bill Stewart, a solo record, Solo Guitar – Live at Smalls in 2013, the album, Signs LIVE!, released on Smoke Session Records in 2017 featuring pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, and the highly acclaimed organ trio with organist Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart with whom he has released numerous albums and has been touring worldwide for over 25 years.
Peter’s an extremely elegant musician with a gorgeous tone that seems to relax you when you hear it. - The Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles

The jazz guitarist, among the most sought after in the New York area, has a feather-light touch, an encyclopedic knowledge of chords and the ability to play standards like he’s inventing them on the spot. - The Los Angeles Daily News

Mr. Bernstein is a fluidly improvising guitarist in the post-bop tradition, with control over harmony and a beautiful sound. - The New York Times

Peter Bernstein produces a warm, ringing, muscular tone which echoes that of such giants as Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, and Kenny Burrell. - Jazziz

Diskographie als leader

  • Somethin's Burnin' (Criss Cross, 1992) with Brad Mehldau
  • Signs of Life (Criss Cross, 1994) with Brad Mehldau
  • Brain Dance (Criss Cross, 1996) with Larry Goldings
  • Earth Tones (Criss Cross, 1997) with Larry Goldings
  • Heart's Content (Criss Cross, 2002) with Brad Mehldau
  • Stranger in Paradise (Venus, 2003) with Brad Mehldau
  • Monk (Xanadu, 2008) with Doug Weiss, Bill Stewart
  • Live at Smalls (Smalls Live, 2008 [rel. 2010]) with Richard Wyands, John Webber, Jimmy Cobb
  • Bernstein/Goldings/Stewart: Live at Smalls (Smalls Live, 2011) with Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart
  • Dialogues (Parashoot [distributed by CD Baby], 2012) with Joachim Schoenecker
  • Solo Guitar: Live at Smalls (Smalls Live, 2012 [rel. 2014])
  • Live at Cory Weeds' Cellar Jazz Club (Cellar Live, 2012 [rel. 2013]) with Tilden Webb Trio
  • Ramshackle Serenade (Pirouet, 2013) with Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart
  • Let Loose (Smoke Sessions, 2016) with Gerald Clayton, Doug Weiss, Bill Stewart
  • Inspired (ArtistShare, 2016) with John Abercrombie, Lage Lund, Rale Micic
  • Signs Live! (Smoke Sessions, 2015 [rel. 2017]) with Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, Gregory Hutchinson

    Lauded as one of the top jazz pianists of his generation, Sullivan Fortner is recognized for his virtuosic technique and captivating performances. The winner of three prestigious awards – a Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship, the 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association, and the 2016 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists – Sullivan’s music embodies the essence of the blues and jazz as he connects music of all eras and genres through his improvisation.
    As a leader, The Sullivan Fortner Trio has performed on many of the world’s most prestigious stages including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Discover Jazz Festival, Tri-C Jazz Festival, Jazz Standard, and the Gillmore Keyboard Festival. Fortner has been heard with other leading musicians around the world including Dianne Reeves, Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, John Scofield, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Fred Hersch, Sean Jones, DeeDee Bridgewater, Roberta Gambarini, Peter Bernstein, Stefon Harris, Nicholas Peyton, Billy Hart, Dave Liebman, Gary Bartz, Etienne Charles and Christian Scott.


  • 2015 Aria Impulse! Quartet, with Tivon Pennicott (tenor sax, soprano sax), Aidan Carroll (bass), Joe Dyson Jr. (drums)
  • 2018 Moments Preserved Impulse! Most tracks trio, with Ameen Saleem (bass), Jeremy "Bean" Clemons (drums); three tracks quartet, with Roy Hargrove added
  • 2007 Theo Croker The Fundamentals Left Sided Music
  • 2009 Clyde Kerr Jr. This Is Now
  • 2010 Donald Harrison Quantum Leaps Fomp
  • 2011 Etienne Charles Kaiso Culture Shock
  • 2011 Lauren Henderson Lauren Henderson
  • 2011 Arnold Lee Arnold Lee Quartet Leeandthem
  • 2011 Theo Croker Afro Physicist OKeh/DDB
  • 2012 Truan Savage Five Colors
  • 2013 Justin Robinson Alana's Fantasy Criss Cross Jazz
  • 2015 Paul Jones Short History Blu Jazz
  • 2017 Guilhem Flouzat A Thing Called Joe Sunnyside
  • 2018 Paul Simon In the Blue Light Legacy
  • 2018 Cécile McLorin Salvant The Window Mack Avenue

    Darryl is a freelance bassist currently living in France. He moved fourteen years ago from Brooklyn New York where he participated in the large vibrant music community of great artists living in the "city". The world is now his community as he encounters projects/tours with artists from the U.S. and Europe, traveling around the globe.
    He was born in Philadephia Pennsylvania, birthplace to some of the worlds finest bassists including Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Alphonso Johnson, Charles Fambrough, Percy Heath, Jymie Merritt, Christian Mcbride, Arthur Harper, Tyrone Brown, and Victor Bailey.
    Darryl has performed with many renowned jazz artists from around the world, in a wide variety of genres. During his living in New York, he performed with Mulgrew Miller, Carmen Lundy, Hank Jones, Geri Allen, James Williams, Regina Carter, Ravi Coltrane and Robert Glasper among others. In 1996 he was the winner of the Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition. Since 2004, he has lived in France and has performed with many European and American artitsts throughout Europe, including, Martial Solal, Cedar Walton, Piero Odorici, Kirk Lightsey, Dianne Reeves, Didier Lockwood, Christian Escoude, Florin Nicolescu, Ximo Tebar, Enrico Piranunzi, Rosario Guiliani, Uri Caine, Joe Locke, Willie Jones, Wayne Escoffery and Laurent de Wilde among others.
    Predominantly self-taught (and under the tutelage of hometown jazz mentors including Gerald Price, Tyrone Brown, Tony Williams (sax)) Darryl learned early to appreciate many types of music. But he holds the strongest allegiance performing music of the African American diaspora: jazz, gospel, soul and latin . He also has a great love for and wide familiarity to the music of Brazil. His Versatility, Soulfulness, Openness, and Professionalism, imposed him as a bass accompanist of choice.


    Leon Parker (born August 21, 1965 in White Plains, New York) is a jazz percussionist and composer. His 1998 album, Awakening (Columbia), reached the 20th position on Billboard 's "Top Jazz albums" chart. It was his second album for Columbia. Parker played on pianist Jacky Terrasson's first three albums. Parker toured with guitarist Charlie Hunter, who commented that "What I always look for in drummers is that they have a perfect blend of the visceral and the intellectual [...] Leon definitely had that." choice.


    As leader:
    1994: Above & Below (Epicure)
    1996: Belief (Columbia)
    1998: Awakening (Columbia)
    2001: The Simple Life (Label M)

    As sideman:
    1999: Duo with Charlie Hunter (Blue Note)
    With Dewey Redman & Joshua Redman Choices (Enja, 1992)
    With Jesse Davis
    As We Speak (Concord Jazz, 1992)
    Young at Art (Concord Jazz, 1993)
    With MTB (Brad Mehldau, Mark Turner, Peter Bernstein)
    Consenting Adults (Criss Cross Jazz, 1994)

    With Jacky Terrasson: Jacky Terrasson (Bluenote, 1994)
    With Don Braden: Organic (Epicure, 1995)
    With James Carter: The Real Quiet Storm (Atlantic, 1995)
    With Franck Amsallem and Tim Ries: Is That So, Sunnyside Records 1996
    With Virginia Mayhew: Nini Green (Chiaroscuro, 1997)
    With Jacky Terrasson: Alive (Bluenote, 1998)
    With Giovanni Mirabassi
    Terra Furiosa (Discograph, 2008)
    Out of Track (Discograph, 2009)
    With Giovanni Mirabassi and Gianluca Renzi: Live At the Blue Note, Tokyo (Discograph, 2010)

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