[members-announce] Jeremy Pelt "Close To My Heart" cd release party, 10/2

PHAIRELADY at aol.com PHAIRELADY at aol.com
Wed Sep 24 14:28:53 EDT 2003

Jeremy Pelt (2003 Down Beat Critic's poll winner for "Rising Star Trumpeter" 
and JJA "Up 'n Coming Musician of the Year" nominee) will be celebrating the 
release of his third cd as a leader, and debut recording for MaxJazz on 
Thursday, October 2, 2003 at the Jazz Standard.  
We would like to thank you for your support and would love to see you if your 
schedule allows. 
The street date for the release was yesterday, September 23, 2003.  Listening 
to tracks 1 - Weird Nightmare (quartet w/string quartet), 3 - Take Me In Your 
Arms (quartet), 6 - Don't You Know I Care (solo flugelhorn), 9 - This Is The 
Moment (trumpet duo w/guitar) and 11 - In Your Eyes (flugelhorn w/string 
quartet only) will give you a good representation of the recording.  
 Best regards, 
Chantal Phaire
Phairelady Management Services
20 West 20th Street, 2nd Floor 
New York, NY 10011-4213
Direct Phone: (212) 822-8590
Private Fax: (646) 349-2976

Phairelady Management Services represents: Kirk LIGHTSEY, Ralph PETERSON Jr., 
JoAnne BRACKEEN, Denise JANNAH, Jeremy PELT and Amina FIGAROVA 
WHO: The Jeremy Pelt Quartet w/strings (David O'Rourke + The Sirius String 

Jeremy Pelt (trumpet, flugelhorn)

Danny Grissett (piano)

Josh Ginsburg (bass)

Willie Jones III (drums)

David O'Rourke (guitar + string arranger & conductor)


Ron Lawrence (viola)

Dave Eggar (cello)

Meg Okura (violin)

Gregor Huebner (violin II)

WHAT: CD release party for "Close To My Heart"
 WHERE: The Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St. (between Park & Lex), 10016
 WHEN: Thursday, October 2, 2003 - Set times are: 7:30pm and 9:30 pm
 HOW: Reservations - (212) 576-2232, Tickets: $20

Here is a press release and cd review:

* CD Release *
Contact: Jana La Sorte
(718) 246-4087
jana at janlynpr.com 
The hot new trumpeter has musical personality that fits his instrument: 
intrepid, convincing, resolute. The modern hard bop that crackles…has the kind of 
vehemence and clarity that make people turn their heads. Village Voice
Jeremy Pelt Continues to Impress With 
MAXJAZZ Debut, Close To My Heart 
 * * *
Pelt tops industry award nominations
Jeremy Pelt has big chops, great stage presence and enormous talent for 
composing and playing.  He’s one of those rare young performers who seems like he’
s been around a very long time, because he loves what he’s doing and is very 
comfortable doing it.  Moreover, he is all about being himself.
The jazz industry is well aware of this and has recognized him in many ways.  
This year Pelt topped the 2003 DownBeat Magazine Annual Critics Poll awards 
for Rising Star on Trumpet, and the Jazz Journalist Association selected him as 
one of the Best Emerging Stars in Jazz.  He’s won the ASCAP Young Composers 
Award and has performed with an impressive list of music luminaries including: 
Jimmy Heath; Nancy Wilson; Jimmy Cobb; Wayne Shorter; Louis Hayes; Frank 
Foster; Bobby “Blue” Bland; Lewis Nash; Bobby Short; Keter Betts; Charlie Persip; 
Gary Bartz; Frank Lacy; the Village Vanguard Orchestra; and bands honoring 
Cannonball Adderley and Duke Ellington. 
Pelt can play anything well, from standards to straight-ahead classic jazz to 
the more contemporary and avant-garde, which is why he’s also gotten the call 
to play with exploratory jazz performers such as Ravi Coltrane; Roy Hargrove; 
Ralph Peterson; The Skatalites; Ron Blake; Cassandra Wilson; Lonnie Plaxico; 
Rene Marié; Greg Osby; Soulive; and the Mingus Big Band.  He also plays 
regularly with fellow young rising stars Marcus Strickland, Robert Glasper and Wayne 
Escoffery.  In his mid-20s, Pelt has already toured the U.S., Ireland, 
France, Spain, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Japan, Virgin Islands, Brazil and Great 
Britain with his trumpet. 
Now Pelt debuts on the new MAXJAZZ Horn Series with Close To My Heart 
(September 23, 2003) featuring a powerful: labelmate Mulgrew Miller, Peter Washington 
and Lewis Nash.  A ballads-driven album of standards featuring strings, Close 
To My Heart is a bit unusual for him.  Pelt explains:
 I felt it was time to go back and honor the standards that really drew me 
into jazz.  Growing up, my mom played Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington a lot 
and before long, those songs became a part of me too. In high school, I mostly 
listened to instrumentalists like John Coltrane and Lee Morgan, but when I 
was in Bobby Short’s band, I rediscovered my early love of emotional ballads.  
This album honors that.
Pelt believes he has a responsibility as a young musician to uphold tradition 
first and then work to explore new avenues for expression in jazz.  With 
Close To My Heart, it seems he has accomplished both aims.  His use of the strings 
adds texture and lushness on “Weird Nightmare,” which opens the CD.  “
Excerent” begins in a loose bebop manner, while “Take Me In Your Arms” is a 
fast-driving showcase for Pelt’s talent.  Miller’s piano slows us down on “502 Blues,
” leading into a beautiful muted turn from Pelt.  “All My Life” comes across 
like a classic film score in how well it evokes imagery and emotion.  Pelt’s 
horn pleads with the listener on “Don’t You Know I Care,” and then commands 
on “Pioggia di Perugia.”  “It’s a Beautiful Evening” is spare and elegant.  “
This Is The Moment” enchants with its opening guitar solo and Pelt’s 
response.  “Why Try To Change Me Now” is poignant and “In Your Eyes” is heartfelt. 
The strings players are: Meg Okura, violin; Joyce Hammann, violin; Ron 
Lawrence, viola; Dave Eggar, cello; and David O’Rourke on guitar.  O’Rourke also 
acted as string arranger and conductor.
About the Artist
Born in California in 1976, Pelt started playing the trumpet while still in 
elementary school.  At first, he played strictly classical but once in high 
school, he joined the school jazz band and was hooked.  After high school, he 
moved to the east coast to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he 
studied film scoring in the day and cut his teeth playing at local clubs at 
 After graduating from Berklee in 1998, he moved to New York and quickly 
began playing with many distinguished artists.  Profile, his debut CD as a leader, 
followed soon thereafter and commanded attention for his stellar performance 
and high-energy playing, as well as for his catchy original compositions.  His 
2nd CD, Insight, also featured mostly original compositions, a rarity for 
such a young musician.  Pelt has appeared on over 20 recordings as a sideman and 
also calls upon his musical training and experience as an educator at The New 
School University in New York City.  He cites his main influences on the 
trumpet as Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Booker Little, Miles Davis and Donald Byrd 
and adds that Wayne Shorter, Ornette Coleman, Terence Blanchard and Kenny Cox 
are important compositional role models too.
www.peltjazz.com / www.maxjazz.com
Pelt's got a big and hearty sound, and he presents it with a rounded 
assurance and technical control, which means power and polish…                         
                 Jazz Review UK
 There's a mountain of potential to be found in trumpeter Jeremy Pelt...      
 Close To My Heart 
Jeremy Pelt | MaxJazz

There's been a noble tradition of young jazz trumpeters recording with 
strings – think of Clifford Brown and Chet Baker – and 27 year old Jeremy Pelt puts 
his very individual spin on this tradition with the release of Close to My 
Heart, his third album. He shares some affinities with Clifford Brown: a bright 
crisp tone, a showstopping virtuosity in improvising, and a soft spot in his 
heart for romantic standards. But Pelt balances his sentimentality with a 
rigorous sense of tightly structured solos and a penchant for choosing 
adventurously unlikely tunes to practice his romantic sensibility. 
For example, this disc opens amazingly with a cover of Mingus's "Weird 
Nightmare," not exactly the expected placid fare for a trumpet-with-strings project. 
The small string section, essentially a classical string quartet augmented 
with guitar, is gorgeously arranged by David O'Rourke not to sweeten the Mingus 
tune but to actually make it sound more nightmarishly beautiful. The strings 
create a spacious and complex tapestry which meshes effectively with Pelt's 
meaty solos. 
Pelt is a thinking player who digs into Ellington's "Don't You Know I Care" 
and Frank Loesser's "In Your Eyes" and consistently manages to come up with 
fresh ideas. He also intelligently plays off openings offered by pianist Mulgrew 
Miller, bassist Peter washington, and particularly drummer Lewish Nash. Nash 
puts an extra bit of push into slow numbers that contributes to a sense of edgy 
romantic odyssey rather than romantic sightseeing. Close to My Heart 
solidifies Pelt's reputation as a major contemporary trumpeter with a imaginatively 
questing spirit and chops to match. 
~ Norman Weinstein

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