Artists Quarter To Give 2-Day Concert In Memory Of Pianist Bobby Peterson
St. Paul, MN
One of the biggest losses to the Twin Cities music community in the past decade was the death of pianist Bobby Peterson in 2002. A mentor, teacher, friend and source of inspiration to many local musicians, Bobby’s loss continues to be felt throughout the local jazz scene.
In his honor, this weekend (February 20-21), the Artists Quarter hosts its annual tribute featuring many of the reigning giants of local piano and a rhythm section featuring AQ owner Kenny Horst on drums and Chris Bates (Friday) and Adam Linz (Saturday) on bass. This is the third annual tribute gig, chance to honor one of the greats of local music and showcase our current stars. Bobby’s legacy is alive and well.
Bobby Peterson’s life and music will be celebrated over two nights of jazz trio performances. On Friday, featured pianists include Laura Caviani, Dan Musselman and Peter Schimke. On Saturday night, the keyboards will be in the hands of Phil Aaron, Chris Lomheim and Tanner Taylor. Billy Peterson (bass) and Kenny Horst (drums) will keep things in time.
Laura Caviani is a well-respected pianist, composer and educator currently on the faculty of St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges in Northfield. She’s a very active performer, regularly appearing with Pete Whitman’s X-Tet, Soul Café, and her own trio, as well as touring nationally with vocalist Karrin Allyson. Her most recent CD, Going There, charted high on jazz radio following its release in 2006.
Dan Musselman is one of the fast-rising stars of Twin Cities jazz. A 2008 graduate of McNally Smith College, Dan released a solo set of original music shortly thereafter (Ruminations) and just last week released a set of duets with vocalist Rachel Holder (Save Your Love for Me). A skilled improviser and composer, Dan is one of a quintet of young musicians heard weekly at the AQ as the opening act for the Tuesday Night Band and led his ensemble at the 2008 Twin Cities Jazz Festival.
Peter Schimke’s reputation extends far beyond the Twin Cities. He cut his teeth with rock bands in the 70s, moved on to studies at William Paterson University and with Manfredo Fest before settling in as one of the leading keyboardists in the Midwest. In addition to stints with many touring artists, he also plays regularly with the adventuresome How Birds Work, Bruce Henry Sextet, and Irv Williams Quartet, as well as with his own trio.
Phil Aaron had a long-standing gig at the Hotel Sofitel (with Tom Lewis and Jay Epstein), and now plays regularly with the Phil Hey Quartet and other area ensembles and vocalists. Drawing inspiration from Bill Evans, Cedar Walton, Tommy Flanagan, and Keith Jarrett, he “can swing hard or wax romantic at the keyboard” (Minneapolis Star Tribune).
Chris Lomheim was an original member of Illicit Sextet and, like Bobby Peterson, a prodigy on piano and organ who was turning heads when still in his teens. An elegant interpreter of the music of Bill Evans, he performs with nearly every vocalist in town while also finding time to lead his own trio with regular appearances at the Dakota and Artists Quarter.
Tanner Taylor is only in his mid-20s but already has established his chops as among the best in town. He performs regularly with Dave Karr’s Mulligan Stew and Quartet, fronts his own trio, and appears with a long list of area vocalists and visiting touring artists like Sean Jones and Eric Alexander. His tribute to Oscar Peterson has been featured at several venues over the past year (and will be presented on March 22nd at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts).
408 St. Peter Street
St. Paul, MN