Tuesday, December 16, 2014
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Pete Zimmer Quartet
Album:Chillin' Live @ Jazz Factory
Drummer Pete Zimmer has been part of the New York jazz scene since 2001. He started his own label in 2004. The 2008 CD Chillin' Live @ Jazz Factory was a fresh start with a new band featuring trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. Zimmer was born September 18, 1977 in Waukesha, WI. He took up drums as a child and played in local jazz clubs as a teen. One musician he played with was guitarist Dave Sullivan. His son John Sullivan would play bass in Zimmer's first band in New York. Zimmer studied at Northern Illinois University and then the New England Conservatory of Music. Among his teachers were drummers Jerry Bergonzi and Bob Moses. Another teacher was sax player George Garzone and Zimmer played in Garzone's band when he first moved to New York City. Zimmer started his own label Tippin Records and released his debut CD Common Man. His old pal John Sullivan played bass. Other musicians were Joel Frahm on tenor sax, Michael Rodeiguez on trumpet and either Toru Dodo or Rick Germanson on piano. With his fourth CD Chillin' Live @ Jazz Factory in 2008, Zimmer put together an all new band featuring rising star Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Avi Rothbard on guitar and David Wong on bass. Zimmer writes most of the songs but this cover of Sonny Rollins' Doxy is excellent straight ahead jazz. Zimmer's latest CD Prime Of life was released in 2012 and features his old teacher George Garzone on sax. They work together frequently in New York clubs. Here's Pete Zimmer with Jeremy Pelt, Avi Rothbard and David Wong performing Doxy at Jazz Factory 2008. This video is not on Youtube.