Peter Beets New York Trio celebrates the album release ‘Portrait of Peterson’
Currently the new album ‘Portrait of Peterson’ has been released, a tribute to Peter’s long standing musical idol, the great Oscar Peterson. The album was presented at The Hague’s Dr Anton Philipszaal on 10 May. Beets and his longtime trio, bassist Frans van Geest and drummer Gijs Dijkhuizen will perform a programme featuring their unique interpretations of a number of Oscar Peterson’s finest compositions.
The album, recorded in New York with Greg Hutchinson (who spent years as Peterson’s drummer) on the drums and Reuben Rogers on bass, will be distributed worldwide by the Sony label. Beets has frequented many stages in the Netherlands with this “New York Trio”, including Amsterdam’s prestigious Concertgebouw, coming together once more in the Netherlands for Beets’ album release.
Beets has earned a solid reputation internationally, becoming a regular at several stages and venues in America. With his trio he performed at the New York jazz club The Kitano on 19 June, at Smalls on 23 June and in the same week he played two consecutive days at New York’s renowned jazz club Birdland on 25 and 26 June. He then made his way to Philadelphia to perform at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on 28 June followed by a stint in Toronto, where he delivered three concerts including one at the renowned club The Rex with Dave Young, one of Oscar Peterson’s permanent bassists.
Peter Beets is one of the most recognized piano giants of our time. He is acclaimed and praised worldwide and his star keeps on rising, while his creativity keeps increasing. In varying musical activities, from the accompaniment of ‘first lady of jazz’ Rita Reys or guests of the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw to latin-jazz and his timeless arrangements of classical music, Beets’ personality and signature are always unmistakably audible. Among the many awards he has received through the years are the Edison (Dutch Grammy, 2010), the Prix Martial Solal (1998) and the Pall Mall Export Swing Award (1988). In spite of his relatively young age, Beets made a substantial number of impressive recordings, most notably 7 CDs for the renowned Criss Cross label, recorded in New York.
Peter Beets is een van de meest erkende pianogiganten van onze tijd. Hij oogst wereldwijd lof en bewondering en zijn ster blijft groeien, evenals zijn creativiteit. In uiteenlopende muzikale activiteiten, van begeleider van Rita Reys en gastsolisten van the Jazzorchestra of the Concertgebouw tot latin-jazz en zijn veelgeprezen bewerkingen van klassieke muziek, blijft altijd onmiskenbaar zijn handtekening hoorbaar. In zijn prijzenkast staan onder andere een Edison (2010), de Prix Martial Solal (1998) en de Pall Mall Export Swing Award (1988). Beets leverde ondanks zijn nog jeugdige leeftijd een flinke hoeveelheid indrukwekkende CD’s af, waaronder 7 voor het gerenommeerde Criss Cross label, opgenomen in New York.