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Peter Nero was trained as a classical musician, and became interested in jazz at the age of 19 after hearing the legendary Art Tatum. In the late 50s, he spent four years playing jazz clubs such as the Village Gate, Village Vanguard, the Blue Angel, and the Tropicana lounge in Las Vegas, before being discovered by RCA Records in 1960. They were looking for a ‘pop’ pianist, and auditioned more than 100 before choosing Nero. During the next eight years, he recorded some 24 albums, including the Grammy-winning “The Colorful Peter Nero,” in 1963. Two years previously, in 1961, Nero had won the Grammy for Best New Artist. Peter Nero is unrivaled as a pianist and Pops conductor

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Article: Album Review

Bootsie Barnes & Larry McKenna: The More I See You

Read "The More I See You" reviewed by Jack Bowers


What a genuine pleasure it is to hang loose and appreciate the warm and enticing sounds and impressive teamwork of Philadelphia tenor saxophone legends Bootsie Barnes and Larry McKenna, a couple of seasoned pros who blend together as smoothly as marmalade on toast. It has been said--more than once--that experience is the best teacher, that there's ...

News: Recording

Peter Nero: 'Sunday in New York'

Peter Nero: 'Sunday in New York'

In the early 1960s, when virtually all feature films were shot in color, New York played a leading role. Fake city sets on studio lots were no longer suitable stand-ins for Gotham. Also unacceptable was shooting a few outdoor scenes in New York and staging the rest. If you were going to feature New York City ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Diane Schuur: I Remember You (With Love to Stan and Frank)

Read "Diane Schuur: I Remember You (With Love to Stan and Frank)" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Diane Schuur is that rare songbird who is equally competent as a jazz singer and a pops entertainer. While some vocalists go with more lucrative popular music and some take the road of the jazz artist in the pure sense, Schuur is able to straddle the two careers. Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole had a ...

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News: Recording

Christian Hymns Set To Jazz Impacts Lives

Christian Hymns Set To Jazz Impacts Lives

“Energized Music Transcends Worship and Ethnicity" Pennington, NJ – Critically acclaimed recording artist, composer / arranger, and jazz saxophonist Jack Furlong will release Charity—his fourth album and first project of jazz improvisation over Christian hymns—on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in mid New Jersey near Pennsylvania. Coincidentally — not unlike John Coltrane 50 years ago—the songs are ...

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Article: Live Review

Peter Nero/Philly POPS, with Ann Hampton Callaway, February 6, 2011

Read "Peter Nero/Philly POPS, with Ann Hampton Callaway, February 6, 2011" reviewed by Lewis J Whittington


Peter Nero and the Philly POPS with Ann Hampton CallawaySingin' & Swingin'Kimmel Center Verizon HallPhiladelphiaFebruary 6, 2011 Peter Nero is so charming a bandleader for the Philly POPS that he could easily get away with phoning the music in, but with the pianist/conductor, that is never the case. The ...

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Article: Live Review

Peter Nero and the Philly Pops: Philadelphia, December 31, 2010

Read "Peter Nero and the Philly Pops: Philadelphia, December 31, 2010" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Peter Nero and The Philly Pops“Swinging in the New Year"The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA December 31, 2010 Peter Nero is that rare musician who can negotiate between classical forms, the jazz idiom, popular music and light-hearted humor, generating great energy in his co-musicians and audiences. So ...

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Article: Live Review

Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Celebrate the Music of the “Greatest Generation”

Read "Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Celebrate the Music of the “Greatest Generation”" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Philly Pops Orchestra Revisits “The Stage Door Canteen"Peter Nero, Artistic Director Lynn Roberts, featured vocalistThe Kimmel Center for the Performing ArtsPhiladelphia, PA March 27, 2010 Why a concert review of the popular music of World War II on a jazz-focused website? The very question suggests how misguided it ...

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News: Interview

Pianist/Conductor Peter Nero Interviewed at AAJ

Pianist/Conductor Peter Nero Interviewed at AAJ

In July 2009, All About Jazz published an interview with legendary pianist and Philly Pops maestro Peter Nero. That interview jumped between his early musical development and his current 30-year tenure as founder and music director of the Philly Pops. There wasn't time then to ask him about the long intervening period including his salad days ...

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Article: Interview

Peter Nero: The Laughter and The Challenges

Read "Peter Nero: The Laughter and The Challenges" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Part 1 | Part 2 In July 2009, All About Jazz published an interview with legendary pianist and Philly Pops maestro Peter Nero. That interview jumped between his early musical development and his current 30-year tenure as founder and music director of the Philly Pops. There wasn't time then to ask him about what ...


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