Trio Peter Beets
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Trio Peter Beets

The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands | INDIE

The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands | INDIE
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"Outstanding compositions", "fantastic timing", "brilliant" - Jazzreview


"The best young pianist I've heard in the last ten years. Beets leaves nothing unsaid. He swings with authority, creates constantly, improvises as though he was born doing it, and all of this with a light and lithesome touch. He's so good that it would make little difference what tunes he chose. Peter Beets is going to scare the hell out of some people." - George Fendel


"Impeccable technique, incisive sense of swing, very New York-like. The material has been carefully and cleverly chosen and covers many bases, in most cases the treatments being highly unusual. Page Two will probably outsell its predecessor." - Tony Hall

"Down Beat"

"Strong playing", "exciting solos", "straight ahead excellence", "a world class jazz act" - Austin American Statesman


"Great solos by the brilliant Dutch pianoplayer Peter Beets, who added a nice post-bop sensibility to the ensemble without overplaying. Very tasty and swinging." - Barry Warhoftig

"All about jazz"

"What zesty, light-stepping, buoyant sounds these are. There's some serious swinging happening on Dutch pianist Peter Beets' New Groove.
"Organically vibrant feel". "Especially relaxed, off-the-cut vibe, sounding loose and spontaneous." "With an engaging panache on an especially fine trio outing." - Dan McClenaghan

"All about jazz"

"A refreshing change of pace and revitalization of a trio format rarely used these days, Beets offers a "new groove" that is well worth giving a listen to. The swing is infectious and there's clarity of sound that is a hallmark of Peter's playing throughout. The pianist also looks at these familiar chestnuts with new eyes, making for a fresh slant." - C.Andrew Hovan


First Date (1996)
New York Trio (2001)
New York Trio - Page two (2003)
New York Trio - Page three (2005)
Live at the Concertgebouw volume I & II (2005)
New Groove (2007)
First Date Live (2009)
Blues for the Date (with Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw) (2010)
Chopin meets the Blues (2010)



He has shared the stage with jazz greats like Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Coleman, Johnny Griffin, Chris Potter and John Clayton. He recorded with Jeff Hamilton and Curtis Fuller and in 2001 his recording "New York Trio" was released, which brought him international acclaim.

Peter Beets was born on the 12th of June, 1971 in the Hague. From birth he was surrounded by music: classical from his mother who is a music pedagogue, and jazz from his father who is a gynaecologist with a great love of Oscar Peterson and Art Blakey. This musical family, which includes two older brothers, Marius and Alexander, moved in 1972 to Groenlo, where Peter received his first piano lessons at the age of six. Although originally both parents did not associate the word "musician" with the word "career", music is definitely in the family's blood. Both Marius (1966) and Alexander (1968) become professionals on string bass and tenor saxophone, respectively. After college, Peter studied from 1989 at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He combined his music studies with law school, but the jazz virus matured and he decided to concentrate exclusively on music.

From 1985 the brothers performed together as “The Beets Brothers”. In 1988 Peter won the prestigious Pall Mall Swing Award and a year later the Princess Christina Award. After this point, Peter's career began to rise rapidly. In 1990 the first recording of The Beets Brothers appeared, followed by two more, School is Closed Now (1993) and Brotherwise (1995). In 1996, Peter recorded a remarkable trio album called “First Date”, with drummer Jeff Hamilton, the driving force behind Monty Alexander and Oscar Peterson. Peter became a much wanted pianist both inside and outside the Netherlands, and accompanied, among others, Deborah Brown, Dee Daniels and Holland's "First Lady of Jazz", Rita Reys. In 1998 he finished his conservatory studies, and won the Parisian Prix Martial Solal. He also 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. More recordings follow: in 2000 “Powerhouse”, in 2001 “All Or Nothing At All”

“Powerhouse”, in 2001 “All Or Nothing At All”

In 2001 he recorded the CD “New York Trio”, with the rhythm tandem Rodney Whitaker and Willie Jones III, the first CD of Peter Beets recorded on the Criss Cross label. After the sequel, “New York Trio Page Two” recorded with the world-famous Larry Grenadier on bas he made a third CD for the label Criss Cross. This time with Reginald Veal on bass and drummer Herlin Riley, known from the group around Wynton Marsalis. In October 2007 the CD “New Groove” appeared on the renowned label. This time he chose to perform without drums, but with the strength of piano, guitar and bass. The CD is recorded in New York featuring Joe Cohn (guitar) and Reuben Rogers (bass). A few songs are recorded with a Dutch cast, Martijn van Iterson (guitar) and Ruud Jacobs (bass).

In 2010 two CD's of Peter Beets were released. In spring the CD 'Blues for the Date' was released. This CD is a live recording Peter did with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. This album features mainly songs composed by Peter Beets. It has been awarded an Edison Award (The Dutch equivalent of the Grammy).

In autumn 2010 Criss Cross released the fifth album of Peter Beets, 'Chopin meets the Blues'. On this album he uses Chopin melodies as a basis for jazz improvisation. He recorded this album with Joe Cohn (guitar), Reuben Rogers (double bass) and Greg Hutchinson (drums)

Peter has had very successful tours with his trio in several countries in Europe such as Germany, Switzerland, Finland and Poland as well as in Japan and the US. He played at the famous Birdland Club in New York as a “special guest” for one week.

In 2009 October 1, The Beets Brothers held a concert in Bangkok's Thai cultural center. A group of Music GCSE students from the Regent's School came to watch the concert describing it to be "without a doubt, Brilliant."

A duet for two grand piano’s with Chick Corea in the big hall of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw resulted in a performance in trio setting there on the 16th of April 2005. He did a Dutch theatertour “From Bach till Blues” (2003) and returned in the theaters in 2005 with the program “Chopin meets the Blues”. From fall 2007 on he appeared in the theaters again. With this program “The Blues goes Latin” he showed the influence of Latin American and Spanish music on the jazz.

Peter is now touring with two shows, a reprise of Chopin meets the Blues' and a 'Tribute to Oscar Peterson'

His concert performances and recordings are regularly praised, and his playing has been lauded by modern jazz greats like Roy Hargrove, Jeff Hamilton, Curtis Fuller, Teddy Edwards, Ed Thigpen and Wynton Marsalis.