Master Class: Peter Eldridge Vocalist/ Composer/ Pianist
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Peter Eldridge, head of the jazz voice faculty at the Manhattan School of Music since 1993, has released four solo recordings: 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 Eldridge’s original compositions in a sophisticated pop style, released in the same year (both on the independent label Rosebud Records); and Decorum, a 2005 release of originals. DownBeat said of Decorum, “If musical intelligence and artistry were prompters to marketplace success, Decorum would grant him stardom...strong, far-ranging voice ...hauntingly wistful.” Eldridge‘s newest project, the Latin-inspired Mad Heaven, was just released this February on Palmetto Records. Jazz Review has said of the album, “Mad Heaven showcases Eldridge as a major player in vocal jazz, an artist of extraordinary depth and conviction." Eldridge is also a cofounding member of the double-Grammy winning New York Voices. The group has made numerous guest appearances, and toured internationally for two decades, with appearances including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Kennedy Center.
In spring 2006, Eldridge 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. He has worked with Bobby McFerrin, 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, and many others. Eldridge’s new duo with bassist Matt Aronoff, Foolish Hearts, is recording its first studio project and recently performed in Latvia as well as in the United States. Eldridge has led master classes and workshops around the world, and as guest conductor has directed All-State groups including New York, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.