Pianist/composer Peggy Stern played classical, rhythm-and-blues, salsa and many kinds of ethnic music before turning her attention to jazz. She studied at the Eastman School and continued through her master's at New England Conservatory. Her attention shifted from the classical milieu to jazz when she discovered improvisation. "I deeply respect tradition, but I'm pretty eclectic," Peggy says. "To this day, a lot of music goes in the mix. Those early influences stick. That's when our emotions are most available. I do a lot of Latin, salsa, Brazilian. I'm very comfortable in dance mode." She also write a lot for vocal ensembles and choirs. At this performance the music will be a mix of latin-tinged originals and standards, adventurous improvisation, 2nd line, and freebop.
Peggy Stern piano; "Sweet" Sue Terry alto sax, Chuck MacKinnon trumpet; Peter Barshay bass, Allison Miller- drums.
Douglas Beach House (View)
307 Mirada Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019