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Peter Welker: Duke, Billy and Tadd

Read "Duke, Billy and Tadd" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Trumpeter Peter Welker's labor of love, a warmhearted tribute to three of the jazz world's most renowned composer/pianists--Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Tadd Dameron--awakened memories of a similar enterprise from some years ago, the late Tom Talbert's 1956 record Bix, Duke, Fats. Like Talbert, Welker uses a pared-down “big band whose numbers range from ten to twelve (with a quartet and digitized “string section on the last number), and like Talbert, his spare, upbeat arrangements lend the session an intimate ...

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Peter Welker: Paradise Is Awfully Nice

Read "Paradise Is Awfully Nice" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Trumpeter / arranger Peter Welker has dedicated this album to his mother, Elisabeth, a remarkable woman who, in spite of having been born blind, became a band singer who performed on the coast–to–coast radio program Camel Caravan in the ’30s, later taught at the Berklee School of Music and developed a Braille course that changed completely the way Jazz was taught to blind musicians, making it more focused and accessible. All of the musicians on Paradise Is Awfully Nice are ...

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Peter Welker - - And Friends: Paradise Is Awfully Nice

Read "Paradise Is Awfully Nice" reviewed by Dave Nathan


New York native but San Francisco immigrant, trumpeter {$Peter Welker} is not exactly a household name. Although lacking deserved recognition, he has compiled an impressive resume as a sideman working with performers cutting across a wide swath of styles including Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Bob Dylan and Bread and Roses. On his second excursion as a leader, he shares billing with his “friends" who make up the band on this session. And what a set of friends! There's Herb Pomeroy ...


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