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Peter Sommer Quintet: Songs of Joy

6/1/2019, 6/8/2019, 6/22/2019, 6/29/2019


Peter Sommer presents Sounds of Joy, a collection of music that celebrates the blues philosophy of optimism in the face of adversity. In addition to a number of original works (by band members) written to brighten the spirit, the band will feature uplifting music from Thad Jones, Horace Silver, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and others. Join us for Saturdays in June for for some deep swinging, soulful good times!

Peter Sommer: saxophone, Steve Kovalcheck: guitar, Ben Markley: piano , Patrick McDevitt: bass, Alejandro Castaño: drums

Peter Sommer has contributed his energetic tenor playing and creative spirit to a wide variety of musical projects ranging from mainstream bebop to avant garde and beyond at venues across the nation and around the world. Although rooted in the great jazz tradition of his heroes Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman, he continues to search for the mystery in music making and takes great joy in sharing the present moment with the listener. Peter has released four albums as a bandleader, is a regular member of the Ken Walker Sextet, the Wil Swindler Elevenet, the New Third Stream Saxophone Quartet and is an honorary member of the Russian Dragon Band. He also performs often as a leader of his own quartet, quintet and septet. Peter has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and has been a featured jazz soloist at North American Saxophone Alliance Regional and Biennial Conferences.

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