Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Faces of the Artists Quarter #36

Graydon Peterson, AQ Final Jam (2013)

© Andrea Canter

Graydon Peterson (2012)
There's been a lot of music for Graydon Peterson in the decade since he completed jazz studies at UW-EC. Once he landed on the Twin Cities jazz scene, he became a favorite first-call for area vocalists and ensembles, which brought him to club stages, theaters, and music-friendly bars and restaurants backing the likes of Christine Rosholt, Debbie Duncan, Connie Evingson, Vicky Mountain, Dave Karr, Mary Louise Knutson and more. Over the years he spent and more time at the Artists Quarter in such bands as Snowblind, Frankhouse, the Dave Karr Quartet and recently, the three-bass trio Mountain King. The AQ was one of the first venue that hosted Graydon's own quartet, including the debut CD release in 2013.

Visiting artists, New Year's Eve parties and other special events often brought Graydon back to the Artists Quarter. He's been one of the busiest, as well as most versatile, jazz artists on the local scene. And we can count on at least a few more decades of swinging, inventive basslines, intriguing compositions, and band leadership.