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Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Peter is a mainstay of the city's jazz community. He has just released his debut recording, A Boy's Journey, thanks to a grant from the City of Ottawa. Previously, his compositions and performances at the Montreal and Ottawa International Jazz Festivals have been broadcast by the CBC and Radio-Canada.

Since the mid-1990s, the self-taught pianist has led or co-led groups that have included musicians Rob Frayne, John Geggie, Petr Cancura, Nathan Cepelinski, Vince Rimbach, Kenji Omae, Mike Essoudry, Nick Fraser and Justin Haynes.

In Ottawa, he has accompanied visiting jazz musicians including Pat LaBarbera, Mike Rud, Andre Leroux, Kelly Jefferson and Johnny Scott.

In Montreal during the last half of the 1980s, Peter performed weekly at the first incarnation of the city's famed Upstairs jazz club

Ordinary Heroes

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Crises and Reckonings; Cassandra; Fake News Blues; Nebulous Compensation; Rabble Rouser; Embers; Tears for the Innocent; Spare Heart; Safe Passage; Ordinary Heroes.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Hum: Ordinary Heroes

Read "Ordinary Heroes" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Canadian jazz pianist Peter Hum has been a fixture and mainstay on the Ottawa jazz scene for three decades. A journalist by profession, covering education, crime and city hall for the Ottawa Citizen, a social conscious and music, have always been driving forces in his life. His third album as leader, Ordinary Heroes contains ten original ...

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Great new albums - mostly from Canada

Read "Great new albums - mostly from Canada" reviewed by Bob Osborne

A selection of six new releases this time.... the majority of which are fine examples of a rich Canadian jazz scene Italian Guitarist Renato Podestà with his first album as a band leader with music inspired by New Orleans music tradition and the contemporary New York scene. Ottawa pianist Peter Hum with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Hum: Ordinary Heroes

Read "Ordinary Heroes" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The ideals of promise and hope, and the desire to create a better world and drive out the darkness, need not be fueled or forwarded by the extraordinary. As George Takei, the legendary actor-cum-activist once noted in referencing the individuals who provided succor during the horrors of the Japanese-American internment camps of World War II, it's ...

Alpha Moment

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: The Good Fight; Roma Rising; La Tendresse, S.V.P.; Voice From Afar; Alpha Moment; Bon Vivant; Carlingwood; Saddest Day Of The Year.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Hum: Alpha Moment

Read "Alpha Moment" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Peter Hum's second album--Alpha Moment--was recorded back in December of 2011, but there's good reason for the fact that it's only just seeing the light of day in 2015: Hum has had his hands full, serving as the restaurant critic at the Ottawa Citizen, delivering some of the most informative and insightful jazz journalism out ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Peter Hum - A Boy's Journey (2010)

Peter Hum - A Boy's Journey (2010)

By S. Victor Aaron Peter Hum is, in a few ways, like me. We're a couple of middle-aged guys who both love jazz, love to write about jazz and critique jazz records, and post our reviews on the internet. I've been an admirer of Hum's jazz blog of the online version of the Ottawa Citizen for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Hum: A Boy's Journey

Read "A Boy's Journey" reviewed by John Kelman

Some believe that to be a “real" musician it's all or nothing--no part-time venture; it requires flat-out, full-on commitment. The truth is that it is possible to be full-time in spirit, even if not always in practical terms. As writer/editor for The Ottawa Citizen newspaper, Peter Hum has been involved with music from another angle for ...

A Boy's Journey

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2010
Track listing: Take the High Road; New Toy; La tendresse, s.v.p.; Big Lou; Midway; Sojourner's Truth; C.G.; A Boy's Journey; Unagi; Three Wishes.


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