Sunday, January 26, 2014

Faces of the Artists Quarter #45

Peter Schimke at the AQ (2011)

© Andrea Canter

I don't recall when I first heard pianist Peter Schimke but likely it was with the quartet How Birds Work at the Artists Quarter, back when Billy Peterson was handling the bass, along with guitar guru Dean Granros and drummer/AQ owner Kenny Horst. That band had a unique sound  and was one of the most experimental projects that I heard involving Peter. I did hear Peter with a long list of musicians over the past decade or more, including vocalist Bruce Henry, percussionist Estaire Godinez, visiting artists at the AQ, and a long parade of local veterans. But the gigs I remember best are the duos with sax legend, now 94-year-old Irv Williams -- two generations of mutual respect, swing and elegance. Peter and Irv recorded Duos a few years ago, celebrating the release at, of course, the Artists Quarter, and since about that time have taken their partnership to Friday happy hours at the Dakota. It's a mutual admiration, mutual motivation society.

And the audience digs it, too. 

Peter accompanying Irv Williams, one New Year's Eve at the AQ