Born: November 4, 1976 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Jeremy Pelt arrived in New York in 1998 after graduating from Berklee College of Music. Once he got there, it wasn't long before he started being noticed by a lot of top musicians in the city. His first professional Jazz gig was playing with the Mingus Big Band. That gig lead to many long lasting associations with many of the talent in the band, and a great opportunity for growth.
Since his arrival, he has been fortunate enough to play with many of today's and yesterday's Jazz luminaries, such as Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Charli Persip, Keter Betts, Frank Foster, John Hicks, Ravi Coltrane, Winard Harper, Vincent Herring, Ralph Peterson, Lonnie Plaxico, Cliff Barbaro, Nancy Wilson, Bobby Short, Bobby Blue Bland, The Skatalites, Cedar Walton, and many, many more. Jeremy has also been featured in a variety of different bands, including the Roy Hargrove Big Band, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Big Band. Currently, he is member of the Lewis Nash Septet, and The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band featuring Louis Hayes.
Pelt...maintains a consistent forward momentum.. while he transmits a modern-day sense of urgency with his songs. Pelt's major focus is on writing music for each of his three bands: Creation- a sextet consisting of trumpet, alto sax/bass clarinet, vibraphone, guitar, bass and drums.
Noise- an semi-electric band consisting of trumpet w/ effects, guitar, rhodes, bass and drums, and The Jeremy Pelt Quartet- which is trumpet, rhodes, bass and drums. His work earned him a huge write-up in the Wall Street Journal by legendary Jazz writer and producer Nat Hentoff. His performances have received rave reviews from publications around the world.
After a reading of Pelt's biography and discography, it's easy to see why Pelt was voted Rising Star on the Trumpet two years in a row by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association.
Pelt was born in California on November 4,1976. While in elementary school, he started playing the trumpet. His primary interest was strictly classical music until he started high school when he began playing in the Jazz band. Upon completion of high scool, he headed back east to Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, Jeremy worked diligently on Film Scoring during the day and cut his teeth playing at night.
Jeremy is currently a featured performer in the Mingus Big Band, Ralph Peterson Quintet, Lewis Nash Ensemble, Cannonball Adderley Legacy Quintet featuring Louis Hayes, Vincent Herring, and the Frank Foster Loud Minority Big Band. Jeremy has toured the U.S., France, Spain, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Japan, Virgin Islands, Brazil, and Great Britain.
Jeremy Pelt, Identity (MaxJazz, 2005)
Mingus Big Band, I Am Three (Sunnyside, 2005)
Vincent Herring, Mr. Wizard (HighNote, 2004)
Rene Marie, Serene Renegade (MaxJazz, 2004)
Wayne Escoffery, Intuition (Nagel-Heyer, 2004)
James Moody, Homage (Savoy Jazz, 2004)
Ralph Peterson, Test of Time (Criss Cross, 2003)
Lonnie Plaxico, Rhythm and Soul (Sirocco, 2003)
Jeremy Pelt, Insight (Criss Cross, 2003)
Jeremy Pelt, Close to My Heart (MaxJazz, 2003)
Vincent Herring, All Too Real (HighNote, 2003)
Wayne Shorter, Alegria (Verve, 2003)
Jeremy Pelt, Profile (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2002)
Mingus Big Band Tonight at Noon: Three of Four Shades of Love (Dreyfus, 2002)
Ralph Peterson, Subliminal Seduction (Criss Cross, 2002)
Louis Hayes & The Cannonball Legacy Band, Dreamin' of Cannonball (TCB, 2002)
Rene Marie, Vertigo (MaxJazz, 2001)
Soulive, Doin' Somethin' (Blue Note, 2001)
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