Peter Eldridge (New York Voices) teams up with pianist Kenny Werner, cellist Eugene Friesen, and Berklee World Strings for an evening of romantic, swinging jazz songs and ballads featuring new arrangements by Werner.
For more than 20 years, Peter Eldridge has remained at the forefront of the jazz/singer-songwriter scene as a performer, composer, arranger, and educator. Eldridge is a founding member of internationally acclaimed jazz vocal group New York Voices, which has performed in some of the world’s most preeminent venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Kennedy Center. As an educator, Eldridge enjoyed 18 years as head of Manhattan School of Music’s Jazz Voice Department and is now in his third year on the voice faculty at Berklee. Notable collaborations include Bobby McFerrin, Fred Hersch, Becca Stevens, George Benson, Kenny Werner, and others.
Kenny Werner has been a world-class pianist and composer for over 40 years. His prolific output of compositions, recordings, and publications continue to impact audiences around the world. Werner has created videos, lectured worldwide, and authored many articles on how musicians, artists, or even business people can allow their “master creator” within to lift their performance to its highest level, showing us how to be spontaneous, fearless, joyful, and disciplined in our work and in our life.
A graduate of the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Brazilian cellist Aldo Parisot, Eugene Friesen is active internationally as a concert artist, composer, conductor, and teacher. In 1995, 2005, and 2006, Friesen won Grammy Awards for musical contributions to three Paul Winter Consort albums: Spanish Angel, Silver Solstice, and Crestone. He has worked and recorded with such diverse artists as Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans, Betty Buckley, Will Ackerman, Joe Lovano, and Dream Theater. Friesen is an artist in residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and is on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
The Berklee World Strings is a chamber-sized string orchestra committed to the art of ensemble playing and the development of repertoire featuring improvisation and the rhythmic capabilities of string instruments and players. The group's repertoire includes original compositions and new arrangements of a variety of contemporary music styles and settings.