On June 27, Peter Beets will perform twice at Blues Alley in Washington, DC
For one night only, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, the internationally-acclaimed Dutch jazz pianist Peter Beets makes his Blues Alley debut, accompanied by Tom Baldwin on bass and Eric Kennedy on drums. Widely considered one of the piano giants of our time, Peter performs regularly with the Concertgebouw Jazz Orchestra in Amsterdam, at the North Sea Jazz Festival, as well as at other major jazz festivals and venues in Europe and Asia, including regular performances at the Birdland and Blue Note jazz clubs in New York. Peter’s most recent recording – Portrait of Peterson – features original arrangements of works most associated with jazz legend Oscar Peterson.
Peter Beets (1971) was from birth surrounded by music: classical from his mother who is a music pedagogue, and jazz from his father who has a great love of Oscar Peterson and Art Blakey. In 1998 he finished his conservatory studies and won the Prix Martial Solal in Paris. In the same year he became the regular pianist of “The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw”. With trombone and jazz legend Curtis Fuller, Peter made a live recording in 1999 and won in that same year yet another prize, the Concours de Solistes de Jazz in Monaco. In 2001 he recorded the cd “New York Trio” with the stunning rhythm tandem Rodney Whitaker and Willie Jones III, the first cd of Peter on the renowned Criss Cross label. n 2013 Peter Beets recorded the album ‘Portrait of Peterson’ with the same rhythm section. On this album, which was nominated for a Dutch Music Award “Edison”, he performs favourite tracks and compositions of one of his biggest idols Oscar Peterson. Peter Beets has been successfully touring with his trio in most countries in Europe as well as in Asia, Russia and the USA.