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Reviews of May 2015 “Deja Vu” Release

Peter and Will Anderson’s “Deja Vu” in JAZZ TIMES by Mike Joyce

Deja Vu Cover

On this thoroughly entertaining quintet session, twins Will and Peter Anderson team up with one of the most renowned and beloved siblings in jazz history, drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath, who turns 80 on May 31. No surprise, then, that the young reedmen sound as if they’re fully enjoying the cross-familial connection here, buoyed by Heath’s rhythmic joie de vivre. Of course, given the Andersons’ bop-rooted influences and Heath’s obvious compatibility, who would have expected anything less?

The title and opening cut, one of eight tunes penned by the Andersons for this outing, is emblematic of the album’s virtues. The frontline—Peter on tenor saxophone, Will on alto—introduces a vibrant, spiraling theme that soon gives way to a series of fluid turns from the reedmen and pianist Jeb Patton. All the while Heath is in delightful form, nimbly accenting, prodding and interjecting, before fashioning a crisply syncopated break. “Presque Vu,” the following performance, is more melodically stealthy, but again the saxes add colorful contrasts, and the rhythm section, fortified by bassist David Wong, is lifted by Heath’s always-salutary presence. “Belfast Blues,” its title notwithstanding, is actually a burner that also reveals the band’s cohesiveness and spirit. When Heath sits out on several cuts, drummer Phil Stewart prevents lulls from settling in, though he quietly enhances the mood during an insinuatingly lyrical, alto-limned performance of “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.” Like “Lover Man” and “Rachel,” a woven ballad composed by Peter for his wife, it’s yet another reminder that when it comes to elegantly embellishing and resolving a romantic theme, the Andersons excel.

Jersey Jazz Review by Joe Lang

PETER AND WILL ANDERSON have been a refreshing presence on the New York City jazz scene for the last several years. These talented brothers started to have an impact while still students at Julliard, and since graduating have become recognized for their creativity as musicians and composers, and for producing cleverly conceived and executed shows about Artie Shaw and the Dorsey Brothers, and their celebration of the saxophone in jazz, The Joy of Sax. Déja Vu (Gut String Records – 020) spotlights their original compositions, as well as three standards, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” “Lover Man” and “Just One of Those Things.” While many have associated the Andersons with older jazz styles, they are eclectic players, with this album leaning more towards bebop and hard bop. They have gathered together an all-star rhythm section of Jeb Patton on piano, David Wong on bass and either Albert “Tootie” Heath or Phil Stewart on drums. Peter on tenor sax and Will on alto sax are fluid players, with fine technique and unbounded imagination. Their original compositions are catchy, each giving a fine foundation for the impressive improvisations of the brothers and their bandmates. Give Déja Vu a listen, and you will want to revisit it many times. (

Notes from the Road – PWA Trio, August 2014

Notes from the Road – PWA Trio, August 2014

              Last month, my brother Peter and I toured the American Northwest, accompanied by our good friend and guitarist Alex Wintz, who rounds out the trio.  In Oregon we made it to Eugene, Lincoln City, and Portland, and in Washington, we performed in Seattle and North Bend.  Each city was completely unique, and rendered a completely different experience.  We hit these cities at a time when the weather was perfect – not a cloud or drop of rain was spotted in eight days during our tour!  

              The first stop was Eugene, where had a very warm and enthusiastic reception in response to our music.  After the show, we found downtown Eugene flooded with college students (Eugene is home to no less than six Colleges, including the University of Oregon).  We noticed that we were getting some very strange looks and comments, as if we came from another planet.  Why was this?  And then it became obvious: we were wearing suits and ties.  It was clear to everyone that we were outsiders.  We came to realize that this attitude in Eugene wasn’t unique from the rest of the west coast.  We rarely saw any suits on the entire trip.  So from then on, our trio continued to wear suit and ties, realizing that we might as well have had a sign on our heads: “We’re from the East Coast. Yes, New York City.”  Later on the trip when we performed in Seattle, and we sat down at a restaurant down the street from the venue (as usual, wearing suits and ties).  The couple sitting next to us proclaimed, “are you the Westerlies?”  It’s a small world – the “Westerlies” are young quartet, and friends of ours.  They’re Seattle natives, our Juilliard colleagues, and now New Yorkers.  Yet another example of our suits screaming “New York!”

           Next, we drove toward the coast of Oregon, passing through Florence and Newport, among other cities.  The ocean and landscape was gorgeous, and we found some great seafood in Newport, despite its slightly congested touristy nature.  We arrived at Lincoln City, a quaint humble town, population of about 8,000 – and fun fact – was the home of guitarist Howard Alden for two years!  I needed some reeds before the gig and I saw a music shop, so before our performance we stopped by.  Boy, do I have a new found respect for being in New York city.  The store clerk was very sweet, but his reed inventory was virtually non-existent.  He carried two boxes of reeds, and they were double the market price.  Needless to say, I managed without the new reeds, but I’m glad we have Amazon.  I’m also glad my instruments didn’t need repair in Lincoln City – I would have been out of luck.  Spending time in these smalls towns puts my usual surroundings – large cities – in perspective.

           Two days later we made it to the big city of Seattle, where I felt a little more at home.  The weather was gorgeous, the Thai and Vietnamese food was second to none, and Pike Place market was fun for hours on end.  The last stop on our tour, North Bend, WA, a small town about 45 minutes east of Seattle, was without a doubt the highlight for me.  This town of about 7,000 is a little slice of paradise – the view of Mt. Si is breathtaking.  We had the great pleasure of giving a masterclass to the students at the Boxley’s Summer Jazz Camp, which is part of the Boxley’s Music Foundation.  Boxley’s is a beautiful, impressive restaurant and jazz club in the heart of town, with a very comfortable, inviting ambience.  When we arrived, the students were rehearsing for their final concert the next day.  In our masterclass, we performed and talked about the ins and outs of performing and learning about jazz music, and we got the students to fill up the whiteboard with dozens of names of legendary jazz musicians.  The students were very polite and respectful – many of whom attend Mt. Si high School, which made a huge splash at the 2014 international “Essentially Ellington High School Competition” in New York City.  You’ll be hearing more from them in the coming years for sure!

(Peter & Will Anderson Trio on The Oregon Coast)

           I couldn’t help but wonder something — North Bend is pretty, quiet, and only 45 minutes outside of Seattle — why don’t more people live here?  In a round about response from one of the residents, they explained “North Bend receives about twice the amount of rain than Seattle does.”  Oh.  I see.  The stats say that North Bend gets 60 inches of rain and 13 inches of snow annually, which translates to: precipitation all the time.  You may know North Bend as the backdrop to David Lynch’s TV series “Twin Peaks” – this show is now at the top of my Netflix queue.  During our day in North Bend we visited a local wine distributor, managed by a sweet woman from France who moved to town to be close to her daughter and grand daughter.  The wine was extremely good, and could be purchased in eco-friendly plastic pouches.  We also visited a local antique shop, which was impressive.  The evening concert at Boxley’s was such a thrill – the interest and energy in the audience grew until the last note of the final set.

by Will Anderson

Saxophonists/clarinetists Peter & Will Anderson are lead the “Peter & Will Anderson Quintet plays the Dorsey Brothers” at Dizzy’s Club Cola on Tuesday, September 9th, 7:30 & 9:30pm.

“Reed Reflections” Album Review, May 2014

Review of “REED REFLECTIONS” by Joe Lang, for Jersey Jazz, May 2014

A very different jazz trio is to be found on Reed Reflections (Gut String Records – 016).  The artists are the PETER AND WILL ANDERSON TRIO featuring ALEX WINTZ.  Peter Anderson plays tenor sax and clarinet, his brother Will is on alto sax and clarinet, while Alex Wintz is a guitarist.  They make wonderful and fascinating music together.  The bothers Anderson play with a maturity beyond their years.  They take well known and much performed tunes like “Begin the Beguine,” “My Heart Stood Still,” “Willow Weep for Me,” “Cherokee,” “Yesterdays,” “It’s All Right with Me,” “Tea for Two,” “In a Sentimental Mood” and “What Is This Thing Called Love,” and reconceive them, often making use of counterpoint in ways reminiscent of the early Gerry Mulligan groups.  Wintz, a native of Morristown, has the job of providing rhythmic support, something that he handles with aplomb, while also contributing occasional sparkling solo work.  The three other selections are each unique.  “Bud on Bach” is a completely original take on Bud Powell’s “Bud on Bach,” a jazzy taste of the Baroque.  “Reed Reflections” is an original piece written for the Andersons by Kyle Athayde that nudges them in a Third Stream direction.  The music of Thelonious Monk is always a challenge, and their take on “Bye-Ya” is fresh and exhilarating.  Actually those words can apply across the board for the music found on Reed Reflections. (

“Le Jazz Hot: How the French Saved Jazz” at 59E59 Theaters


The Andersons Play “Le Jazz Hot: How the French Saved Jazz

RUNNING DEC 3rd – DEC 29th @ 59E59 Theaters
Tue, Wed, & Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8:30, 
Sat at 5:30 & 8:30, Sun at 3:30 & 7:30
Dark: 12/25; Additional show: 12/27 at 5:30

Peter and Will Anderson and their sleek jazz quintet transport you to the streets of Paris and the French countryside with sounds of swing and gypsy jazz. Had France not supported musicians like Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet, and Josephine Baker, America’s great art form may not have survived.  Tickets on Sale Now

“Music of the Soprano Masters” Review!

By Joseph Lang for Jersey Jazz

PETER AND WILL ANDERSON are a couple of young men, not far removed from Julliard who have made a big splash on the New York City jazz scene in a big hurry, and have been expanding their performance schedule throughout the country.  Only in their mid-20s, they have several CDs already released, have performed shows featuring the music of Artie Shaw and the Dorsey Brothers, and now have turned their attention to the Music of the Soprano Masters (Gut String Records – 011).  Their cohorts for this endeavor are Ehud Asherie on piano, Mike Karn on bass and Phil Stewart on drums, with Bob Wilber guesting on four tracks, playing soprano sax and clarinet.  The nine tunes were penned by the likes of Wilber, Lucky Thompson, Roland Kirk and Sidney Bechet, all of whom were among the select few jazz musicians who truly mastered the difficult soprano sax.  Judging from their playing on this disc, the brothers have joined this soprano sax royalty.  Both chime in on clarinet, while Peter also contributes on tenor sax, and Will takes his alto sax in hand.  These young men play with a maturity beyond their years.  With each exposure to their music, the first impression of them as promising young jazzers has ripened into a deep appreciation for what they have already achieved, and pleasant anticipation of the new musical vistas that they will continue to open for themselves, and our enjoyment.  (

July 30th @ 54 Below

Saxophonists/Clarinetists Peter and Will Anderson Celebrate the

Music of the Dorsey Brothers (w/ Wycliffe Gordon)

Tuesday, July 30th @ 54 Below, Part of the WBGO Jazz Series

New Album Correspondence Features Mentors Kenny Barron, Kenny Washington & Ben Wolfe

On July 30th at 54 Below in New York City, Peter and Will Anderson will perform the Music of the Dorsey Brothers with Wycliffe Gordon, part of the WBGO Jazz Series.  Set times are 7pm & 9pm. 

The Andersons are 26 year-old twin bandleaders, composers and “virtuosos on the clarinet and saxophone” (NY Times) trained in classical repertoire, New Orleans and contemporary jazz; twin brothers who have been playing music together since the age of 9.  Their  latest album ‘Correspondence’ (Smalls Records) was named by Vanity Fair as one of the “four new releases to make you love jazz.”  The album is comprised of their mentors from Juilliard:  Pianist Kenny Barron, drummer Kenny Washington and bassist Ben Wolfe. 

The records in their parents’ collection – Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker – have guided them both through the UK as 14 year-old soloists specializing in the music of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet; they’ve since simultaneously earned Master’s degrees from Juilliard, gigs with the Village Vanguard & Jimmy Heath Orchestras, and “[offer] some clarinet-on-clarinet violence” (Wall Street Journal) with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks and on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. They’ve spent years leading their own bands and interpreting the music of Artie Shaw, Quincy Jones and the Dorsey brothers by producing acclaimed, extended off-Broadway concerts in New York City.

Ticket information can be found here.  54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th St Cellar, NYC.  Use code Anderson5 for $5 off cover charge.  

Carla Parisi, Kid Logic Media    973-563-8204