The Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that vocalist, pianist, and composer, Peter Eldridge will join the Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp on the Bloomington campus this summer, June 23-28, 2013.
“Peter is a wonderful addition to our stellar staff that includes Duane Davis, Ly Wilder, Tim Noble, Michael Wheaton, Dominick DiOrio, and Patrice Madura,” said Steve Zegree. “We look forward to his energy and creativity being a part of the week.”
About Peter Eldridge
“A superb musical alchemist, Peter Eldridge synthesizes modern jazz with not only pop but also R&B and latin music. The results are varied and dynamic but also aesthetically focused, as Eldridge’s mellifluous baritone and urbane lyrics brim with pop accessibility”(JazzTimes). Peter Eldridge ranks “in the celebrated tradition of melodic poets, most famously represented by such disparate voices as Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Steely Dan – singer/songwriters who create catchy, beautiful tunes with insightful lyrics that are both personal and universal” (allmusicguide.com). Mr. Eldridge continues to draw on his many talents as he pursues an eclectic mix of activities, including composing, performing, arranging, recording, as well as teaching (the Manhattan School of Music, head of the graduate jazz voice department). He has released four solo recordings so far: Stranger in Town, characterized by its bittersweet swing and called the Best Jazz CD of 2001 by Boston radio station WICN; Fool No More, full of Peter’s evocative original music in a sophisticated pop setting, released in the same year (both on the independent label Rosebud Records); Decorum, a 2005 release of originals which Downbeat was noted as saying, “If musical intelligence and artistry were prompters to marketplace success, Decorum would grant him stardom. . . .strong, far-ranging voice . . hauntingly wistful”: and finally the latin-inspired Mad Heaven, which was released last year on the Palmetto label. Jazz Review said of the album, “Mad Heaven showcases Eldridge as a major player in vocal jazz, an artist of extraordinary depth and conviction”.
Peter is also a co-founding member of the double-Grammy winning New York Voices, which has recorded seven studio albums (including their just released, ‘New York Voices Live with the WDR Big Band Cologne’). The group has made numerous guest appearances, and toured internationally for well over two decades, with appearances including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Kennedy Center. In addition, compositions by Mr. Eldridge have been included on albums by other artists: ‘Minds of Their Own’, written with Brazilian composer-performer Ivan Lins, was included on Nancy Wilson’s R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal) on the MCG Jazz Label, which won the 2004 Grammy award for Best Jazz Vocal Album; ‘Difficult’ was recorded by Cuban saxophonist-clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera for his The Jazz Chamber Trio, a 2005 release on Chesky Records; ‘Postcards and Messages’ was recorded on Denise Donatelli’s 2012 Grammy nominated album ‘Soul Shadows’, and ‘Difficult’ was also used in comedian Zach Galafianakis’ DVD ‘Live from the Purple Onion’. Jane Monheit, who was at one time one of Mr. Eldridge’s many talented students, features Peter’s song ‘Surrender’ as the title track on her acclaimed 2007 CD and also features the Eldridge duet ‘Around Us’, based on a James Thurber quote, on her 2003 Encoded Music DVD, Live from the Rainbow Room. Jane and Peter also recorded a duet for her most recent album Home entitled “It’s Only Smoke”. One of his many choral pieces, simply entitled ‘Prayer’, was recently recorded by New York City’s own Marble Collegiate Sanctuary Choir, on its recording With Many Voices.
In spring 2008, Peter was invited to join Kurt Elling, Jon Hendricks, and Mark Murphy for a ‘concept concert’, the Four Brothers. He is also a member of the vocal group Moss, which combines the talents of Luciana Souza, Kate McGarry, Theo Bleckmann, and Lauren Kinhan. The debut album by Moss was named one of the best CDs of the past decade by Downbeat. Peter continues to perform with his own band in venues in New York and internationally. He has also recently begun a new duo with bassist Matt Aronoff called ‘Foolish Hearts’ which just released its first studio project (an EP entitled New Definition) and has already had two tours of Europe and the States. Peter has also worked with Bobby McFerrin (lending his voice to McFerrin’s recent ‘Vocabularies’ project), Michael Brecker, Meredith Monk, Fred Hersch, George Benson, Kenny Werner, David Byrne, Jim Hall, Larry Goldings, the Roches, Jonatha Brooke, Bill Charlap, Betty Buckley, Joshua Redman, Janis Siegel and many others. Peter recently wrote the musical score with composer/conductor Adam Waite for the PBS documentary film, ‘No Job for a Woman’, which tells the account of women reporters in WWII, as well as writing his first full-fledged musical with Chicago playwright Cheri Coons about the life, loves and art of Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. Peter’s music was recently featured in NYC’s Playwright’s Horizons production of a new play called THIS by Melissa Gibson. He is regularly asked to lead master classes and workshops around the world, and as guest conductor has directed All State groups including New York, Colorado, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.