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Album Release of Duo Record “NEXT DOOR”

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news16.06 BillyPetersonAndDavidHazeltineBilly Peterson and  David Hazeltine look back to an ongoing musical relationship of 40 years, but NEXT DOOR is going to be their first duo album.

Besides the well chosen jazz covers like “The Boy Next Door” or "Tones For Joan's Bones”, the jazz record includes also two original compositions, “Thanks Jim” and “Cedars Blues” that were written by each of the performers. The highly expected 10-track album was recorded in Minneapolis and is released on the Megabien Music label.

American pianist David Hazeltine, who has been playing professional gigs since the age of thirteen, is today considered a major jazz pianist, especially in the New York and Japanese jazz scenes.  

NEXT DOOR is set for release on June 22nd 2016; the CD release shows are scheduled for 7.00pm and 9.00pm in the Dunsmore Room at the Crooners Lounge & Super Club, more information and tickets are available here.

Upcoming Performances

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news16.03 150827 101 BillyPeterson copyrightMegabienMediaBilly Peterson is getting ready to go on tour again with the Dave King Trio. The conventional modern jazz trio features Billy Peterson on upright bass, Bill Carrothers on piano and Dave King on drums.
The tour brings them to Geneva Switzerland (March 20), followed by two performances at the Green Mill in Chicago, IL (March 25 and 26) and one gig at the Lawrence University in Appleton, WI (March 28), before they are rapping up at the Vieux Carré in St. Paul, MN (April 1 and 2).

On March 29, join Billy Peterson featuring Jason Peterson DeLaire for an intimate evening in the Dunsmore Room at the Crooners Lounge & Super Club. This will be the first time that Billy (bass and piano) is presenting a duo performance together with his nephew Jason (sax, piano and vocals), so don´t miss it. Music runs from 7pm to 10pm. For more information and bookings click here.

With Icelandic Jazz Artist Anna Mjöll

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news16.02 AnnaMjoll SpaghettiniBilly Peterson will be performing with the Anna Mjöll Allstar Sextet at the Baked Potato in Studio City, CA on Saturday Feb 13. (Tickets at $25, more info here) Besides Billy on upright bass and Anna on the mic, the stage will be filled by John Beasley on Keys, Tom Brechtlein on Drum, Joe Elliot on Guitar, Doug Webb on Sax.
Two weeks later on Saturday Feb 27, Billy will be joining Anna Mjöll on stage again, this time at the Spaghettini in Beverly Hills (Show starts 9.30pm, more info here).

Iceland's jazz singer/songwriter Anna Mjöll grew up in one of her country's leading musical families, eventually representing Iceland in the famed Eurovision Song Contest. She then joined the band of Julio Iglesias, touring worldwide before setting out on her own career.
In 2010, Mjöll was voted one of the 10 best female jazz singers of the year along with Diana Krall and others by DeSouteiro's Jazz Station, and Christmas JaZZmaZ was voted Christmas CD of the Year.

Billy Peterson receives RIAA Award

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news16.01 160124 BillyPeterson-RIAAawardBOTT 4m copyrightMegabienMediaBilly Peterson received his long due official recognition for his contribution on Bob Dylan´s most successful album “Blood on the Tracks”. The RIAA Award has been handed over to Billy Peterson on his birthday celebration last week.

You may ask yourself why Billy Peterson, such as all the other musicians from the Minneapolis crew, were not credited on the original album artwork? There is an easy explanation: Bob Dylan wasn´t totally satisfied with the recordings produced in New York and therefore decided to rerecord half of the tracks again, this time with musicians from Minneapolis, among them Billy Peterson. Five of the rerecorded tracks ended up on the album, but as the story goes the record label had already printed a half million of record sleeves and they didn´t want to destroy those sleeves that incorrectly only credited the New York crew. A mistake that unfortunately even carried on on subsequent releases.

“Blood on the Tracks” is Bob Dylan´s most critically acclaimed and biggest-selling album released by Columbia Records in January 1975. In 2003, magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked the album at number 16, on its list of the “500 greatest albums of all time”, in 2004, it was placed at number 5 on “Pitchfork Media’s” list of the “Top 100 albums of the 70s”, and in 2015, it was inducted into GRAMMY Hall of Fame due to its significance for musical, social, and cultural history. The album remains one of Dylan's all-time best-selling studio releases, with a double-platinum US certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Billy Peterson Birthday Concert

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news16.01 Billy AQBilly Peterson will be celebrating his birthday on Saturday 23rd of January at the Ice House in Minneapolis.

For his birthday celebration Billy will performing with his sons Rick and Will, but also other members of The Peterson Family (Minnesota's First Family of Jazz) will be joining him on stage.

So come out and join the party. Doors open at 10.30pm, show starts at 11.00pm. Tickets are at $8 in advance and at $10 at the door.

For more info click here.

Peterson Family Holiday Show

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news15.12 The-Peterson-FamilyIt is great to have the Peterson Family back on stage for "The Jam Before Christmas" Show. This holiday show has been a family tradition for many years.

The Peterson Family, Minnesota’s First Family of Music, has been performing locally, nationally, and internationally for many years. Besides Billy, the family consists of sisters Linda and Patty, brothers Ricky and Paul as well as nephew Jason.

Come out to the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis on Sunday, Dec 20, 2015 at 5pm. Make sure to get tickets before, as by experience it is a for sure sellout!

Europe Is Calling

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news15.11 BenSidranQuartet-NSJCBilly Peterson is called back to Europe together with the Ben Sidran Quartet in support of Ben´s 31st record Blue Camus that, no surprise, features Billy on bass.

The music is loose, funky, and somewhat retro, and the lyrics are pure Sidran philosophy, a rare combination of music and intellect. For over four decades, he has pursued to bring together his personal experience with larger historical questions contextualizing it in a broader narrative. Maybe that's the reason the Times of London referred to him as "the world's first existentialist rapper".

The quartet´s line up once again includes Ben Sidran (Piano, Vocal), Billy Peterson (Bass), Leo Sidran (Drums), and Bob Rockwell (Saxophone).

The 2015 Fall Tour stops in Paris (France) at the Sunset on November 10 through 13, London (UK) at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club on November 14, Madrid (Spain) at Cafe Central on November 16 through 22, and Barcelona (Spain) at the Jamboree on November 26 through 28.