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Peter Leitch

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Peter Leitch has over the years, gained an international reputation for his unique personal style, rooted in tradition but recognizably his own. Of his fifteen recordings as a leader, many feature his long-time rhythm section of pianist John Hicks, Ray Drummond and Smitty Smith. Several also include a saxophonist (Pepper Adams, Bobby Watson, Gary Bartz and Jed Levy have each contributed to Peter's recordings). Self-Portrait is Peter's most recent release (April 2007) and is his first complete solo effort. It features music ranging from Mingus, Ellington and Strayhorn to several new originals performed on electric and acoustic guitar. Peter is also an accomplished photographer

Album

New Life

Label: Jazz House
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc 1—Mood for Max (for Dr. Maxim Kreditor); Portrait of Sylvia; Sorta, Kinda; Monk’s Circle; Round Midnight; Penumbra; Brilliant Blue, Twilight Blue; Fulton Street Suite. Disc 2—Exhilaration; Elevanses; Clifford Jordan; Ballad for Charles Davis; The Minister’s Son; Spring Is Here; Back Story; Tutwiler 2001; The Long Walk Home.

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Article: Album Review

The Peter Leitch New Jazz Orchestra: New Life

Read "New Life" reviewed by Jack Bowers


After what Canadian-born guitarist Peter Leitch has been through in the last eight years, it's little wonder he named the ensemble he now leads the New Life Jazz Orchestra. Diagnosed in 2012 with stage 4 lung cancer, Leitch faced the choice of throwing in the proverbial towel or undergoing career-ending cancer treatment. He chose the latter, ...

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Article: Guitarist's Rendezvous

Steve Herberman, Hristo Vitchev, Rick Stone and Harvey Valdes

Read "Steve Herberman,  Hristo Vitchev, Rick Stone and Harvey Valdes" reviewed by Dom Minasi


Welcome back to Guitarists Rendezvous, our third installment in a series that introduces readers to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each will field the same four questions and we've included audio and video so you can sample their music. This installment includes a diverse group ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Woody Shaw: The Complete Muse Sessions

Read "Woody Shaw: The Complete Muse Sessions" reviewed by John Kelman


The past couple years have been banner ones for reviving the legacy of Woody Shaw, a trumpeter and composer who--emerging in the early '60s on albums by extant jazz stars like Eric Dolphy, Andrew Hill, McCoy Tyner and Horace Silver, and contributing to on-the-rise names including Larry Young and Chick Corea--has all-too-often been overlooked. Still, with ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Jazz Bridge Presents Trumpeter John Swana In Cheltenham On Wednesday, May 2nd!

Jazz Bridge Presents Trumpeter John Swana In Cheltenham On Wednesday, May 2nd!

Appearing at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Rd, Cheltenham, PA for this series' last concert of the season will be trumpeter John Swana and his band, featuring guitarist Steve Giordano, Lucas Brown on organ, and drummer Wayne Smith Jr. on May 2nd. One show: 7:30-9PM. $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free Buffet. ...

Album

Self-Portrait

Label: Jazz House
Released: 2007

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Autobiography

Label: Reservoir Music
Released: 2004
Track listing: 1 For D. T. 8:34
2 Theme From Mr. Lucky 6:04
3 Segment 7:22
4 Medley: Little Girl Blue/Girl Talk 7:00
5 Ghosts 5:00
6 Clifford Jordan 7:09
7 Femme Fatale 7:09
8 East Of The Sun 5:58
9 Allyson 5:58

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Article: Album Review

Peter Leitch: Autobiography

Read "Autobiography" reviewed by Ken Franckling


Guitarist Peter Leitch, a fixture on the New York jazz scene since emigrating from his native Canada in 1983, plays with a graceful bop style informed with swing and, at times, fiery passion. He draws like-minded players to his bands and many studio projects, as evidenced on his newest recording on Reservoir Music. Autobiography is a ...

Album

Blues on the Corner

Label: Reservoir Music
Released: 2000
Track listing: Blues on the Corner, The Hillary Step, Nothing Ever Changes My Love For You, Johan Carolyn, Monk's Mood/Bemsha Swing, K. Zee, Wendy's Shoes, Bud 'n Bird, How Long Has This Been Going On?, From This Moment On (71:04)


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