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Bernard Peiffer

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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

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Article: Album Review

Chuck Anderson: Spontaneity

Read "Spontaneity" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


For those who don't know, Chuck Anderson is a jazz guitarist, composer, and educator based in the Philadelphia area for many years. He studied with Dennis Sandole, went on to be the staff guitarist at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, NJ followed by a tour of duty at the Valley Forge Music Fair in Devon, ...

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Article: Interview

Tom Lawton: Not Less Than Everything

Read "Tom Lawton: Not Less Than Everything" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Not known, because not looked for But heard, half-heard, in the stillness Between two waves of the sea. Quick now, here, now, always-- A condition of complete simplicity (Costing not less than everything) --T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets; “Little Gidding" This poetic quotation ...

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Article: Live Review

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 ...

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News: Recording

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 ...

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News: Recording

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 ...

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Article: Live Review

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 ...

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News: Performance / Tour

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 ...

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Article: Future Jazz

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 ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

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 ...


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