Peter Nero and the Philly POPS with Ann Hampton CallawaySingin' & Swingin'Kimmel Center Verizon HallPhiladelphiaFebruary 6, 2011 Peter Nero is so charming a bandleader for the Philly POPS that he could easily get away with phoning the music in, but with the pianist/conductor, that is never the case. The POPS' unique turf of symphonic jazz and big-band swing was on ample display at its Singin' & Swingin' concert, headlined by vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway. Nero's high-profile conductor role overshadows his many talents as a jazz pianist, and POPS orchestras, in ...read more
Peter Nero and The Philly PopsSwinging in the New Year"The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA December 31, 2010 Peter Nero is that rare musician who can negotiate between classical forms, the jazz idiom, popular music and light-hearted humor, generating great energy in his co-musicians and audiences. So it was an inspired touch for him to add a New Year's Eve concert to the already packed schedule of performances of the Philly Pops which, in a few short years, has become a staple and legend on the Philadelphia music scene. There is ...read more
Philly Pops Orchestra Revisits The Stage Door Canteen"Peter Nero, Artistic Director Lynn Roberts, featured vocalistThe Kimmel Center for the Performing ArtsPhiladelphia, PA March 27, 2010 Why a concert review of the popular music of World War II on a jazz-focused website? The very question suggests how misguided it can be to separate jazz from its past. Many of the standards that jazz groups play today come from this period. And nearly all of the innovators of modern jazz--Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Anita O'Day, Stan Getz, J.J. Johnson, to name but ...read more
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In July 2009, All About Jazz published an interview with legendary pianist and Philly Pops maestro Peter Nero. That interview jumped between his early musical development and his current 30-year tenure as founder and music director of the Philly Pops. There wasn't time then to ask him about what turned out to be the subject of the current interview, the long intervening period including his salad days as a pianist, an ongoing venture which he continues to pursue in addition to being director of the Pops.
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The Philadelphia Pops with Peter NeroThe Best of Bernstein and the Riches of Rodgers--plus Andrew Lloyd WebberThe Mann CenterPhiladelphia, PA July 22, 2009 Should newer readers question why a concert of this kind is being reviewed on a hard-core" jazz website, the simplest answer is because of the inseparable historical relationship between two indigenous art forms--American popular song and jazz. Nowhere is that connection more inescapable than in the influence of Broadway musicals on jazz, and this concert was an opportunity to explore this symbiotic relationship. There are two substantial connections between ...read more
Living legend Peter Nero is that rare musician equally at home with classical music, jazz, the American Songbook, the Broadway musical, movie themes and popular songs. Moreover, he is a masterful pianist, seasoned conductor, composer and arranger in all these genres. Just as exceptionally, he has become a cultural emblem, known to statesmen, entertainers, students, housewives and, it seems, all who listen to American music. He achieved his fame on the piano, with his unique capacity to meld concert style virtuosity with imaginative creativity and improvisational facility. The occasion for this interview is the 30th anniversary of Peter ...read more