Peter & Will Anderson Trio
Friday, October 18, 2019, 7:30 pm
The Peter & Will Anderson Trio presents "ARTIE MEETS BENNY"
Peter Anderson - clarinet, tenor sax, soprano sax
Will Anderson - clarinet, flute, alto sax
Felix Lemerle - guitar
This is the story of two poor, Jewish kids from immigrant families in city slums with prodigious musical talent and burning ambition. They mastered an art form and created the soundtrack of a momentous decade, 1935 - 1945. Artie and Benny’s music was sophisticated, upbeat and had great forward momentum - just what the country needed to shake off the gloom of the depression and propel the war effort. Benny Goodman sparked an international swing craze in the 1935, and premiered the first jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in 1938. Artie Shaw was a composer, author, and master clarinetist, pushing musical boundaries by blending American swing with European and Latin styles. Both swing-era bandleaders were among the first to racially integrate their bands, and their musical legacies have helped define the cultural identity of America. Songs will include Sing, Sing, Sing, Moonglow, Stardust, Concerto for Clarinet, and After You've Gone.
Peter & Will Anderson, clarinets, saxophones, flute
“Virtuosos on clarinet & saxophone” (New York Times), Grammy-winning Juilliard graduates and identical twins, Peter & Will Anderson are two of the most extraordinary jazz woodwind players today. Born and raised in Washington D.C., the Andersons moved to New York City to attend The Juilliard School. They’ve performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Frank Vignola, and can be heard on the 2014 Grammy-winning soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. They’ve headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Feinstein’s 54 Below, Arizona Music Festival, Princeton Festival, Syracuse Jazz Festival, Sarasota Jazz Festival, Hilton Head’s The Jazz Corner, San Francisco’s Jazz at the Ballroom, The Louis Armstrong House Museum, Iowa’s Bix Beiderbecke Festival, Nashville Jazz Workshop and live on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion Radio Program. The Andersons have performed in over 40 U.S. states, throughout Brazil, Japan, the U.K., and six times in NYC’s famed Highlights in Jazz series, alongside Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Heath, Ken Peplowski, Steve Turre, Warren Vache, and Jimmy Cobb.
Vanity Fair magazine listed their album in “Four New Releases to Make You Love Jazz,” and the Washington Post said they “consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic jazz.”
Felix Lemerle, guitar
Born in Paris, France, the son of an upright bass player, Felix was exposed to jazz at an early age. After graduating from the CRR de Paris, he was granted a Fulbright scholarship to CUNY Queens College in New York, where he got his Master in Jazz Performance. He is 1st prize winner in the 2012 Eddie Lang Guitar Competition, 2nd prize 2015 Smietana Guitar Competition. Felix has performed in festivals and clubs around the world including Chris' Jazz Cafe, BLU Jazz+, Dirty Dog, Sunset/Sunside, Jazz in Marciac, and has performed with Cyrille Aimée, Freddie Redd, Joe Cohn, Ed Howard, André Villéger, René Mailhes, René Urtreger, Luigi Grasso, Alain Jean-Marie, Gilles Naturel, and Manhu Roche.