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The Anderson Trio Concert

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

“Bringing a fresh perspective to classic jazz tunes”

”Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone,” (New York Times) Bethesda, Maryland natives Peter and Will Anderson at a very young age were drawn to the music of Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington. They toured the United Kingdom at age 15, and after several years of study with saxophonist Paul Carr, Peter and Will attended Juilliard in New York City, where they currently reside.

Their expertise has made them saxophonists of choice for Wycliffe Gordon, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. They’ve headlined at Jazz at Lincoln Center, D.C.’s Blues Alley, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Sarasota, Florida Jazz Festival, South Carolina’s Jazz Corner, Seattle’s Triple Door, Iowa’s Bix Beiderbecke Festival, Miami’s SMDCAC Arts Center, and Phoenix’s The Nash.

Their ensemble has performed in 26 U.S. States and toured Japan. Peter and Will released Correspondence, featuring Kenny Barron, which was listed by Vanity Fair magazine in “Four New Releases to Make You Love Jazz.” Featuring guitarist Alex Wintz, the Anderson’s Trio recently released Reed Reflections, which the Washington Post calls “imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic jazz tunes.”

News Release

Bas Bleu hosts Northern Colorado stop for Anderson Jazz Trio April 5

One of the hottest jazz groups in the country, The Peter & Will Anderson with special guest, Adam Moezinia, brings a combination of American jazz classics combined with original compositions to the Tom Sutherland Stage for one night only, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5.

When the twin brothers were in fourth grade, they started to study clarinet.  Both were drawn to the music of jazz legend, saxophonist Charlie Parker, a creator of bebop (a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique and improvisation); the following year took up saxophone. They studied at Juilliard because they believe it is important to have classical training, as a foundation for understanding, exploring and creating new jazz.

Peter and Will not only play the works of past jazz masters but seek out the musicians.  Before recording “Blues After Dark,” they had several long emails from octogenarian sax player Benny Golson (who had performed as a teenager with John Coltrane and has composed many jazz standards).  The twins have presented tributes to swing giants Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and the Dorsey Brothers. They play with top jazz musicians whenever possible, and have been fortunate to play with many legendary performers.

The trio will feature tunes from their album, Deja Vu (released in 2015, on which Peter and Will each penned four pieces) which suggests that their musical center is in jazz of the 1950s and 1960s. The album also features a memorable interpretation of Cole Porter’s “Just One of Those Things.”

The Andersons have performed in 35 U.S. States and toured the UK and Japan.

Tickets are available from basbleu.org or 970.498.8949 and cost $26 adults, $20 seniors and $13 students.

For more information and to hear this incredible trio for yourself, visit peterandwillanderson.com.

 

 

Anderson Trio Reviews
PETE AND WILL ANDERSON ARE VIRTUOSOS ON BOTH CLARINET AND SAXOPHONE”
Description: ew-York-Times-Logo New York Times, Stephen Holden (May 27, 2010) (524)
 
“THESE GUYS FLOOD THE ROOM WITH JOY”
Description: eattle-times-logoSeattle Times, Paul de Barros (August 2014) (343)

 

“[THEIR] SAXOPHONES AND CLARINETS ELEGANTLY CONVERGE, CONVERSE AND ENGAGE IN DELIGHTFUL COUNTERPOINT…THE ARRANGEMENTS, IMAGINATIVELY UNFOLDING IN WAYS THAT CONSISTENTLY BRING A FRESH PERSPECTIVE TO CLASSIC POP AND JAZZ TUNES”

Description: ash Post logo BlackWashington Post, Mike Joyce (May 2014) (822)

 

“PETER AND WILL ANDERSON CONSISTENLY RISE TO THE CHALLENGE, DISPLAYING A FIRM GROUNDING IN BOP/POSTBOP TRADITION AND DEMONSTRATING IMPRESSIVE HARMONIC AND RHYTHMIC ASSURANCE… FLUID IMPROVISATIONS GENERATE LOTS OF COLOR AND CONTRAST.”

Description: azzTimes [Converted]Jazz Times Review by Mike Joyce, 2013 (357)

 

“TOE-TAPPING, HEART-LIFTING JAZZ”

Description: Y POST LOGONew York Post, Frank Scheck (Sept. 16, 2012) (900)

 

“LE JAZZ HOT” NOMINATED FOR “OUTSTANDING REVUE”

2014 DRAMA DESK AWARDS (322)
 
“REMARKABLE!”
Description: 317173673wsj_logo-e1327514993109 Wall Street Journal, Will Friedwald (Sept. 20, 2012) (639)
 

“A WONDERFUL EARFUL, FROM EXPERT JAZZ MUSICIANS!”
Theatermania, Barbara and Scott Siegel (Sept. 17, 2012)

 

“DELIGHTFUL, DAZZLING AND INFECTIOUS – THIS SHOW IS TOO GOOD!”
Backstage, Robert Windeler (Sept. 16, 2012) (560)

 

“EXTRAORDINARILY TALENTED – THE ANDERSON TWINS ARE MUSICAL GENIUSES!”
NYTheatre.com, Amber Gallery (Sept. 12, 2012) (459)

 

“A 90 MINUTE MUSICAL MARVEL – A STEP BACK IN TIME TO THE MUSIC OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK!”
Examiner.com, Sandi Durell (Sept. 17, 2012) (578)

 

“A GLORIOUS RECREATION OF THE BIG BAND SOUND!”
CurtainUp, Elyse Sommer (Sept. 15, 2012) (800)

 

“PHENOMENALLY TALENTED – AN EVOCATION OF A BYGONE ERA!”
 BlogCritics.org, Jon Sobel (Sept. 16, 2012) (1362)

 

“YOU DUDES ARE THE FUTURE! YOU ALL HAVE MADE MY SOUL SMILE, AND YOU MADE A 78 YEAR-OLD EX-BE-BOPPER SMILE LIKE A FOX EATIN’ SAUERKRAUT”
Quincy Jones (January, 10, 2012)

 

“OFFERING SOME CLARINET-ON-CLARINET VIOLENCE ON “CRAZY RHYTHM,” LIKE A MUSIC IN A CONSTANT STATE OF CREATION AND REINVENTION”
Description: 317173673wsj_logo-e1327514993109 The Wall Street Journal, Will Friedwald (Jul 13, 2011) (582)=
 

“THE HIGHLY TOUTED ANDERSON BROTHERS WERE ALSO EXHILARATING-AND THE AUDIENCE RESPONSE REFLECTED THAT ENERGY”
Jazz Inside Magazine, Eric Frazier (May 1, 2011) (542)

 

“THE MUSIC FROM WILL AND PETE ANDERSON EMERGED PURE AND NATURAL”
Epoch Times, June 29th (June 29, 2010) (1008)

 

“THEY’RE NATURALS AND WHILE ESSENTIALLY INTO BEBOP-THEY PLAY WITH A PASSION, UNPREDICTABILITY AND SENSE OF DISCOVERY THAT CAN MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE BACK AT THE BEGINNING OF IT AT MINTON’S. THEY CAN CLAIM AN ASTONISHING AFFINITY FOR THE FULL RANGE OF JAZZ FORMS AND STYLES. I’VE LISTENED TO THEM PLAY ALL KINDS OF JAZZ NOW AND HAVE YET TO HEAR AN INAUTHENTIC NOTE” 

 All About Jazz, Robert Levin (July 3, 2010) (803)

 

“I WAS THOROUGHLY SWEPT AWAY BY THE ANDERSON TWINS AND THEIR BAND…THEY EACH PLAY THE CLARINET AND SAXOPHONE WITH A DEVOTION THAT IS APPARENT IN EVERY NOTE”
 The Boston Herald, Stephen Schaefer (May 20, 2010) (559)

 

“EVERYTHING YOU PLAY YOU REALLY MEAN. THAT’S RARE THESE DAYS”.  Dr. Billy Taylor (Apr 1, 2009)

“[PETER AND WILL ANDERSON] DEMONSTRATE GIFTS FOR WRITING, ARRANGING AND BLENDING THEIR HORNS IN A WAY THAT, EVEN IF THEY WEREN’T BROTHERS, MIGHT PUT YOU IN MIND OF SIBLING VOCAL GROUPS LIKE THE ANDREWS SISTERS OR THE BEACH BOYS’ WILSON BROTHERS… VERY PLEASING” (PART OF “FOUR NEW RELEASES TO MAKE YOU LOVE JAZZ”)
Vanity Fair, Bruce Handy (March 1, 2013) (810)

  

“AS PLAYERS AND COMPOSERS, THEY SPARKLE… THESE YOUNG MEN CAN PLAY SUPERBLY, AND THEY HAVE THAT IMPORTANT EXTRA FACILITY TO MAKE THEIR MUSIC SWING LIKE MAD.”
  New Jersey Jazz Journal, Joe Lang (March 2013)
“WILL AND PETER ANDERSON MADE LIKE A PAIR OF SEASONED ARTIE SHAWS.  THEY’RE REAL PERFORMERS.” Gay City News (Jan 8th, 2008) (637)

 

“THEY’RE TWO YOUNG MEN WHO SEEM TO HAVE BEEN IMPLANTED WITH A LIFETIME OF EXPERIENCE AT BIRTH…NOW THEY HAVE THE JAZZ WORLD BY THE TAIL”

Jazzwax, Marc Myers (March 12, 2013) (480)

 

 

 

 “IF THERE’S EVER BEEN SIBILING JAZZERS QUITE LIKE THE ANDERSON BROTHERS, IT’S STAYED A LOCAL SECRET […] WHO BOTH PLAY CLARINET AND SAXOPHONE WITH EXCEPTIONAL AGILITY […] FLUENT AND COMFORTABLE”

JAZZIZ, Steve Futterman (Summer 2013) (356)

 

 

“PETER AND WILL ANDERSON HAVE MADE A BIG SPLASH ON THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ SCENE IN A BIG HURRY…WILBER, LUCKY THOMPSON, ROLAND KIRK AND SIDNEY BECHET WERE AMONG THE SELECT FEW WHO TRULY MASTERED THE DIFFICULT SOPRANO SAX. JUDGING FROM THEIR PLAYING THE BROTHERS HAVE JOINED THIS SOPRANO SAX ROYALTY.”

 New Jersey Jazz Journal, Joe Lang (July 2013)

 

“JAZZ HISTORY, HUMOR, AND LIVE MUSIC THAT YOU’LL LOVE.  PETER AND WILL ADD THEIR OWN TWIST AND ARE TRUE SHOWMEN.  SOMEHOW THEY MANAGE TO ACCOMPLISH ALL OF THESE FEATS WITH FLAIR AND WELL-PLACED HUMOR.” Theasy, Shoshana Roberts (Dec 2013) (794)

“WITH THEIR WHOLESOME LOOKS AND DEADPAN WIT – THEY LOOK LIKE A PAIR OF YOUNG JIMMY STEWARTS – WILL AND PETER ANDERSON MAKE AN APT PAIR OF MUSICAL HOSTS.” Lighting and Sound America, David Barbour (Dec 2013) (372)

“THE AMUSINGLY DROLL AND FRIENDLY NARRATIVE BANTER FROM THE HANDSOME AND CHARMING TWINS IS CARRIED OFF WITH A GENTLE EASE THAT CREATES A DELIGHTFUL CONNECTION WITH THE AUDIENCE”  David Dow Bentley III

“I SAW COUPLES HOLDING ONE ANOTHER’S HANDS, KISSES BEING EXCHANGED, SMILES SHARED WITH STRANGERS, AND AN ALL AROUND SPIRIT OF LE JOIE DE VIVRE COMPETING WITH THE MUSIC FOR SPACE IN THE ROOM” 

Aletia, Christopher White (Dec 2013) (457)

“A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF TWO HEADS BEING BETTER THAN ONE.  OUTFITTING A GROUP WITH ALTO AND TENOR SAXOPHONES PERFECTLY ENCAPSULATES THE WIDE HARMONIC ARRAY AND COLORFUL TIMBRAL RANGES EASH INSTRUMENT CAN ACHIEVE”Hot House, Eric Wendell (May 2014) (269)

 

 

 

Bio:

 

”Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone,” ~ New York Times

 

Peter and Will Anderson are one of the most extraordinary set of brothers performing music today. Known for their unique renditions of classic jazz songs and innovative original music, they hail from Washington, DC, but moved to New York City to attend Juilliard. Peter and Will have performed with the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Kenny Barron, Bob Wilber, and Albert “Tootie” Heath. 

               

The Anderson’s have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Sarasota Florida Jazz Festival, South Carolina’s Jazz Corner, Seattle’s Triple Door, Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, DC’s Blues Alley, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, and Arizona Music Festival. Their ensemble has performed in over 35 U.S. States, toured Japan, and featured four times in NYC’s famed “Highlights in Jazz” series, alongside Lou Donaldson, Ken Peplowski, and Warren Vache.  As guest clinicians, Peter and Will have visited Temple University, Xavier University, University of South Florida, University of Central Oklahoma, Florida State University, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, University of Scranton and others.

                 

Peter and Will’s debut release from 2012, Correspondence, features Kenny Barron and was listed in Vanity Fair magazine alongside Miles Davis in “Four New Releases to Make You Love Jazz.”  The Washington Post called their music, “imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic jazz tunes.”  Their newest album, Deja Vu, features Albert “Tootie” Heath and was called “a burner that reveals the band’s cohesiveness and spirit” by JazzTimes.  In 2016, they performed live on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, playing a duo version of “Lotus Blossom” commemorating Billy Strayhorn’s centennial. Peter and Will endorse D’Addario woodwind products and Selmer saxophones.

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