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Back on stage at the Dakota

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news15.08 BenSidran BlueCamus-Ben Sidran, his son Leo, a drummer, and the two Peterson brothers, Billy and Ricky, will take the stage at the Dakota Jazz Club for two nights this August in support of the album “Blue Camus” that was recorded under the motto “2 Families – 1 Groove”.

The Sidrans and the Petersons all get songwriting credits on seven of the eight Blue Camus tracks. Sidran said the plan was to go into the studio and record “spontaneous grooves, and then I was going to write spoken word stuff on top of it later.” Getting back to what is hip, Sidran said that Blue Camus explores “some of the literary themes that formed what we thought of as the hipster mentality, …, existentialism, … political consciousness …”

If you don´t wanna miss out to further explore the hip experience, then come to the Dakota Jazz Club located in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday Aug 26 and Thursday Aug 27, each show starts at 7.00pm


At the Copenhagen Jazz Festival

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news15.07 BP upright-by-ACThis year the Copenhagen Jazz Festival runs from July 3rd to July 12th; Billy Peterson will be hitting the stage on 9 of the 10 days.

On the opening night as well as on July 2nd Peterson will be performing as part of the Ben Sidran Quartet at the Jazzhus Montmarte in Copenhagen. Later the same night he will be on stage at the Paradise Jazz, where two jazz families meet together with Swedish great Bernt Rosengren. Billy and sister Linda Peterson from “Minnesota’s First Family of Music" will meet with Danish father and son Ben and David Besiakov, two of Denmark’s top musicians, and Bernt Rosengren, Sweden’s finest, most authentic bebopper. A stronger lineup would be difficult to find!

Next in line is the "Jam Session 2015" with the "Montmartre Trio feat. Winard Harper" which is on the agenda for July 3rd until July 11th. This year, the trio is led by the phenomenal American drummer Winard, who plays regularly with many of the greatest jazz musicians in the world. Among the trio´s line-up is Billy Peterson, who is also hosting the Jam Session, together with a varied selection of great Danish musicians and a few other guests from the US.


At the Twin Cities Jazz Festival

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news15.06 TwinCitiesJazzFestival2015Billy Peterson will be performing with the Jon Weber Trio at the 2015 Twin Cities Jazz Festival that officially starts tonight June 25th and runs until June 27th.

The three days will be filled with more than 400 jazz artists in 100 performances at 24 venues, indoors and outdoors, scattered throughout the city.

All three nights, you will find one of the seven headliners - the Jon Weber Trio - at the Vieux Carré (former Artist Quarter). Performance starts on Thursday June 25th at 8.00pm, on Friday June 26th at 8.30pm, and on Saturday June 27th at 9.00pm.

The trio will be followed by a Jazz Jam Session that starts either 1.5 or 2 hours later. As in the past, anyone can show up at the jam session, and headliners often do.

Release of new album Pinnacle

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news15.06 IrvWilliamsTrio-Pinnacle releaseannouncement sIrv Williams Trio, the trio of 95-year-young saxophone legend Irv Williams, releases new album named "Pinnacle".

This is another terrific piece of jazz music history consisting of 13 musical tracks, on which “Mr. Smooth” is joined by long-time partner Billy Peterson on bass and Steve Blons on guitar.

But that’s not all. The Special Edition of Pinnacle also includes highlights of an exclusive conversation between the jazz master and late jazz broadcaster Leigh Kamman, whose career spanned over 6 decades conducting thousands of interviews with the “jazz who’s who”. This historic conversation gives us the chance to listen to some rare musical history and a few funny stories. Sadly, these intimate moments became Kamman´s last recorded interview as he left the scene in October 2014.

Official release is set for July 6th, 2015.

In remembrance of B.B. King

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news15.05 BBKing-FBIt is so sad to hear about the passing of B.B. King, the blues great who passed away in Las Vegas on Thursday at age 89.

"I was so fortunate to have shared the stage with BB back when I was working with Norling Music company, back in the late 70s as a Gibson guitar staff member with the likes of Bruce Bolin, Mike Elliot, Howard Roberts, or Larry London.

Thank you for a being a wonderful example of a life lived of "always bringing IT".

You will be sadly missed .... No "goodbyes". Just .... So long BB.......... "  Billy Peterson

The Skyhiatrists rocking at Fleetwood´s

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news15.05 SkyhiatristsFleetwood´s on Front St., Mick Fleetwood´s Restaurant and Bar, presents The Skyhiatrists with a rocking show on Tuesday May 12th, 6.30pm – 9.00pm.

For the Skyhiatrists, Billy Peterson is teaming up with guitar phenom Joe Caro, vocalist/guitarist Ray Gooliak, and drummer Paul Marchetti.

Guitar ace Joe Caro has performed and recorded with a long list of notable artists, among them the Eagles, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Michael McDonald, CSN, Donald Fagen, Pat Metheny, and many more. Bassist and multi-instrumentalist Billy Peterson is a 2-time Grammy winner with Bob Dylan and long time bassist with the Steve Miller Band, and worked with numerous renown artists such as Santana, The Righteous Brothers, Leo Kottke, Les Paul, Bonnie Raitt, or Billy Preston.

Fleetwood´s is located on Front St. in Lahaina, Maui between Dickenson St. and Lahainaluna. Come on out and enjoy a great night.

Billy Peterson working with Steve Grimes

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news15.03 MauiRecordingsEquipBilly Peterson is currently working with Steve Grimes on his new record.

Steve Grimes has built arch top and double sound hole flat top guitars for some of the world´s top players, such as Steve Miller, Leo Kottke, George Benson or Willie Nelson. Grimes is specialized in custom tailoring his guitars to suit the tonal, aesthetic, and playability requirements of his demanding clients.

But Grimes is also a performing artist himself. Besides Billy Peterson on bass, Joe Caro on guitar and Mike Beono on drums are contributing their musical talent to Grimes new record, while engineer Lynn Peterson is in charge of capturing the sound.

The recordings are taking place at George Benson´s old studio "Lahaina Sound" in Hawaii, today known as "Maui Recording" and run by producer/engineer Lynn Peterson. Release is scheduled later this year.