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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.

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.