04.11. – Happy Birthday !!! Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and many others which eventually lead to collaborations with some of the genre’s greatest masters.
These projects include performances and recordings with Cliff Barbaro, Keter Betts, Pelt…maintains a consistent forward momentum.. while he transmits a modern-day sense of urgency with his songs. more » Bobby “Blue” Bland, Ravi Coltrane, Frank Foster, Winard Harper, Jimmy Heath, Vincent Herring, John Hicks, Charli Persip, Ralph Peterson, Lonnie Plaxico, Bobby Short, Cedar Walton, Frank Wess, Nancy Wilson and The Skatalites, to name a few.
Pelt frequently performs alongside such notable ensembles as the Roy Hargrove Big Band, The Village Vanguard Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Big Band, and is a member of the Lewis Nash Septet and The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band featuring Louis Hayes. As a leader, Pelt has recorded ten albums and has toured globally with his various ensembles, appearing at many major jazz festivals and concert venues.
Pelt’s recordings and performances have earned him critical acclaim, both nationally and internationally. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal by legendary jazz writer and producer, Nat Hentoff, and was voted Rising Star on the trumpet, five years in a row by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association. Pelt is currently touring throughout the United States and Europe in support of his latest release, “Make Noise!”
Few mainstream trumpeters over the last decade have matched the muscle, dexterity, and soul of Jeremy Pelt, who has morphed from a rising star into a trusted presence.
Though he’s a dyed-in-the-wool postbop technician heavily influenced by protean but thoughtful blowers like Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw, he’s been known to make subtle but meaningful adjustments in his practice, changing the personnel and focus of his bands to explore groove-based electric settings or plush, acoustic contexts. His recent album Noir en Rouge: Live in Paris (HighNote) suggests he’s found a sweet spot with his current quintet, which made an impressive debut on last year’s Make Noise! (The group appears with him for this week’s engagement, though Allan Mednard will sub for regular drummer Jonathan Barber.) According to Michael West’s liner-note essay, the new album was planned to extend the rich history of live jazz recordings cut in Paris, and the results prove the band played with a heat that matched the sweltering temperatures blanketing the City of Light that weekend. Most of the tunes are Pelt originals, save “Sir Carter,” a brisk swinger by the group’s pianist, Victor Gould, and a tender reading of “I Will Wait for You,” a Michel Legrand theme used in Jacques Demy’s classic film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. On the muscular “Evolution” the outfit’s elastic rhythm section, which also includes bassist Vicente Archer and conguera Jacquelene Acevedo, produces a powerfully springy foundation, filled with eddies and swells with surprising accents, that allows Pelt’s high-octane improvisation to sparkle and accrue energy. Then the band suddenly shifts gears a la the classic Miles Davis Quintet to recede for an introspective solo from Gould. Though this quintet isn’t interested in a revolution, its meticulously measured heat could certainly cause one in the right setting.