The Count Meets the Duke

Archived Show


Produced by:
Reardon-Anderson Music, LLC
December 08 - January 03, 2016
Run Time:
0 Hour, 0 Minute
Showing in Theater

Show Info

Created by Peter and Will Anderson
Directed by Peter and Will Anderson

With Peter Anderson, Will Anderson, Jeb Patton, Clovis Nicolas, and Phil Stewart

Coming off their 2013 Drama Desk nominated show Le Jazz Hot, jazz virtuoso saxophonists and clarinetists Peter and Will Anderson perform the hits of big band legends Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Prepare to dive into the sultry sounds of Kansas City, New Orleans, and Harlem from the 1930's through 60's, while exploring the vast differences between the Count and the Duke. These swing-era celebrities toured to world with their orchestras, appeared in Hollywood films, and shaped the sound of American Music for generations to come. The Anderson's quintet will revisit Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train," "Mood Indigo," and Single Petal of a Rose." and Basie's "Blues in Hoss' Flat," "Lil' Darlin," and "Corner Pocket" and more.

Tenor saxophone, Clarinet
Alto saxophone, Clarinet
Acoustic bass
Photo Caption: Peter Anderson and Will Anderson
Photo Caption: Peter Anderson, Will Anderson, Jeb Patton, Clovis Nicolas, and Phil Stewart
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Producing Company

Reardon-Anderson Music, LLC

“Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone,” (The New York Times) Peter and Will Anderson are one of the most extraordinary woodwind duos performing today. While still teenagers in Washington, DC, they were selected internationally for Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and the NFAA Young Arts Program. Endorsees of D’Addario woodwind products, Peter and Will attended Juilliard in New York City, where they currently reside. They’ve appeared with the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Jazz @ Lincoln Center Orchestra, Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and Bob Wilber Sextet. Peter and Will have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Sarasota Florida Jazz Festival, South Carolina’s Jazz Corner, Seattle’s Triple Door, Miami-Dade’s Cultural Arts Center, Cleveland’s Nighttown, The Studios of Key West, Amarillo TX Museum of Art, and The Arizona Music Festival.

Their ensemble has performed in over 30 U.S. States, toured Japan, and featured four times in NYC’s famed Highlights in Jazz series alongside legends Lou Donaldson, Paquito D’Rivera, and Wycliffe Gordon. As guest clinicians, Peter and Will have visited Temple University, College of Charleston, University of Scranton, Hunter College, Stonybrook University, Michigan State University and others. Peter and Will’s 2012 release for Smalls Records, Correspondence,
features Kenny Barron and was chosen by Vanity Fair magazine alongside Miles Davis in Four New Releases to Make You Love Jazz. Most recently, Peter and Will are featured on JAZZIZ Magazine’s Winter 2014 CD Soundtrack. Their recent release, Reed Reflections, was called “imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic jazz tunes,” by the Washington Post. Peter and Will’s newest album, Déjà vu, features Albert “Tootie” Heath, and was called “a burner that reveals the band’s cohesiveness and spirit” by Mike Joyce in JazzTimes.

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"Bravo to the Andersons and their fellow musicians for bringing metro area audiences a jazz treat for the holiday season. Don't miss this one." - Broadway World

"If you’re looking for highquality musicianship skillfully interwoven with intellectual enlightenment for the holidays, then bop over to The Count Meets the Duke." - Off Off Online

"I loved every soulpounding minute of the band’s playing." BlogCritics