The Anderson Trio Concert
“Bringing a fresh perspective to classic jazz tunes”
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
David Dow Bentley III
”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.