Eastman School of Music (B M) / New England Conservatory (MM)
Peggy Stern switched from classical to jazz improvisation, via salsa and R&B. Her musical adventure has been rich and varied: from Machito to progressive jazz, she has a particularly broad and eclectic background. Peggy is well-known as a composer, with four of her tunes featured in the Sher Real Book series. She has worked extensively with Lee Konitz, Emily Remler, Jay Clayton, Diane Schuur, Stanley Turentine, Gary Peacock, David Fathead Newman, George Mraz, Billy Drewes, Thomas Chapin, to name a few. She has toured Europe, Japan, Australia and the US; she has appeared at Jazzpar(Copenhagen), Montreal, DuMaurier, Manly (Sidney), Port Townsend, Bell Atlantic, IAJE and JVC Jazz Festivals, the San Miguel International Jazz Festival. She recently toured Italy with Lee Konitz, and Giulio Martino..
Peggy is the Artistic Director of the annual Wall Street Jazz Festival, which will be held this year on August 6,2006. Peggy will be releasing a new trio CD in late Spring, 2006.
Bassist Lew Scott has played with Melba Moore and Lainie Kazan. Previously he played Herb Ellis, Clark Terry, Joe Lovano, Conte Condoli and others.
Drummer Peter O'Brien has played with Mose Allison, Warren Bernhardt, the Brubeck Brothers, Hubert Laws, Jack McDuff, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Edgar Winter Band, Roy Buchanan, and more.
Peggy Stern - piano/composer
Lew Scott - bass
Peter O'Brien - drums
"Blood & Treasure" (Estrella) quartet with Giulio Martino, sax, Giuseppe Bassi, bass, and Mimmo Campanale, drums
"Estrella Trio" trio with Lew Scott,bass and Peter O'Brien, drums
“Duality” (Mediterranean Music Factory) duo with Giulio Martino
"Actual Size", (Koch) a sextet with horns, and chorus and rhythm section .
"Room Enough",(Koch) piano trio, with Harvie S., Jeff Williams
"The Fuchsia", (Koch) with Thomas Chapin, Drew Gress, and Bobby Previte
"Pleiades", (Philology) piano trio with Ben Allison and Jeff Williams
"The Jobim Collection", (Philology) a duet album with Lee Konitz . This collaboration with Konitz produced several other recordings, most notably
"Lunasea" (Soul Note)
"Brazilian Rhapsody" (Venus)
She has recorded with others, including releases for Storyville Records, King Records (Japan), and Windham Hill. Her first album was
"City Hawk" (BAM).
“The Christmas Collection” (Etoile)
”Aliyah” (Estrella Productions)
Blood & Treasure
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Peggy Stern's Blood & Treasure is indeed a musical treasure, as her musicality and musicianship are ...Peggy Stern's Blood & Treasure is indeed a musical treasure, as her musicality and musicianship are in full bloom in this recording. Her imaginative and compelling compositions are realized by a band of talented players, who also make valuable contributions to the recorded repertoire. Peggy's title tune, written for Michael Brecker, is a moving work, given a heartfelt reading by Peggy, Giulio, Giuseppe, and Mimmo. One can be assured that Michael is enjoying Peggy's creations as the music wafts upwards towards the heavens. How lucky that we can enjoy Peggy and her musical compatriots right here on earth.
Blood & Treasure
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"gentle, yet powerful, Stern's compostions and her quartet exude a sense of connectivity as an ensem..."gentle, yet powerful, Stern's compostions and her quartet exude a sense of connectivity as an ensemble and genuine love for music. The title track that's dedicated to the late, great Michael Brecker depicts him more than words can say."
Bore me With Your Love
You & the Night & the Music
You Don't Know What Love Is