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Bernard Peiffer

Bernard Peiffer was born on October 23, 1922 in Epinal, in the Vosges district of northeastern France. Bernard’s father, formerly an army man, was a violinist and was devoted to chamber music. An uncle, Georges Peiffer, was a composer and church organist. Bernard began his music study at the age of nine; he studied piano and harmony privately with Pierre Maire (a student of Nadia Boulanger) and dazzled older students with his ability to play back extended sections of classical pieces by ear. He continued his studies through his teens at Ecole Normale de Paris, the Marseille Conservatory, and the Paris Conservatory, where he won the coveted and revered First Prize in Piano. Attracted by the freedom and improvisational basis of jazz and influenced by the pianistic styles of Fats Waller and Art Tatum, Bernard made his professional debut in 1943, at the age of 20, with alto saxophonist Andre Ekyan


Bobby Zankel Wonderful Sound 4 at Da Vinci Art Alliance

Read "Bobby Zankel Wonderful Sound 4 at Da Vinci Art Alliance" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Bobby Zankel's Wonderful Sound 4 Featuring Sumi Tonooka (Additional Performances by Vocalist Bonnie Lander and Sirius JuJu Quintet) Fire Museum Presents @ DVAA Da Vinci Art Alliance Philadelphia, PA March 24. 2018 This show afforded a rare opportunity in an intimate setting to ...


Bernard Peiffer: Formidable!

Bernard Peiffer: Formidable!

I last posted about pianist Bernard Peiffer in August 2015. Back then, I explored his early recordings. Today, I want to turn your attention to Formidable!, an album of solo piano pieces by Peiffer recorded in 1970 in Philadelphia. The private recordings were released by Peiffer's estate in 2006 on CD. They are among Peiffer's last ...


Bernard Peiffer: Forgotten Piano

Bernard Peiffer: Forgotten Piano

Pianist Bernard Peiffer began recording in 1943, during the German occupation of Paris. By 1949, he was recording in Paris with touring American musicians such as Don Byas, Bill Coleman, Hot Lips Page, Sidney Bechet, James Moody and Kenny Clarke. With the formation of Barclay Records by Eddie Barclay in the early 1950s, Peiffer began recording ...


Chuck Anderson Trio: Philadelphia, PA, July 13, 2013

Read "Chuck Anderson Trio: Philadelphia, PA, July 13, 2013" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Chuck Anderson TrioJamey's House of MusicPhiladelphia, PAJuly 13, 2013Chuck Anderson is a virtuoso jazz guitarist with an eclectic repertoire that includes standards, originals, a dash of rock, and artisan electric adaptations of classical acoustic guitar music. He started out forty years ago as the house guitarist at the Latin Casino, and ...


Tom Lawton Special Concert In Old City Phila. On Thurs. 2/21!

Tom Lawton Special Concert In Old City Phila. On Thurs. 2/21!

Jazz Bridge in Old City Philadelphia! presents pianist Tom Lawton, appearing at the Arch Street Friends Meeting House — 320 Arch Street in Philadelphia, 19106 — on Thursday, February 21st. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10, $5 for students, and are only available at the door. Information: 215-517-8337. Tom Lawton is one of the ...


Booking Jazz: A Subjective Guide

Read "Booking Jazz: A Subjective Guide" reviewed by Bruce Klauber

There is no rule book, reference work or formal set of regulations that club and restaurant owners can consult about how to book and present jazz.There was a quasi-model of sorts in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, given the proliferation of cafés, boites, bistros, bars, ballrooms, and all types of nightspots that used live ...

A Delightful Twofer from University of Arts in Philadelphia

Read "A Delightful Twofer from University of Arts in Philadelphia" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

University of Arts in Philadelphia boasts a premier school of music that is devoted to educating the next generation of innovators in jazz and other modern musical styles. Its dual 2010 releases show that it is indeed succeeding at its mission. UARTS Z BandUniversity of the Arts Big BandSelf ...


Student Ensemble and Martial Solal: Philadelphia, April 9, 2011

Read "Student Ensemble and Martial Solal: Philadelphia, April 9, 2011" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Berklee Global Jazz Institute/ Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University Martial Solal Perelman Theater,Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts,Philadelphia, PA Saturday, April 9, 2011 This was the final concert of the 2010-2011 season of the popular Jazz Up Close series, celebrating the legendary Thelonious Monk, organized ...


Jazz Bridge Presents Sumi Tonooka at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Media (PA) on March 16

Jazz Bridge Presents Sumi Tonooka at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Media (PA) on March 16

For the last piano concert of this season, Jazz Bridge presents award-winning jazz artist Sumi Tonooka in a rare piano concert in the Philadelphia area at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 145 W. Rose Tree Road in Media, PA, on March 16, 2011. With her will be bassist Mike Boone and drummer Alan Nelson. Initiation, her most ...


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