Born: April 11, 1977 Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic
acoustic bass / electric bass / eclectic bass
Nathan came from a family of musicians consisting of his mother a vocalist and drummer; father, a pianistand avid composer; as well as his brother a talented drummer and singer. He received his early musical influences from the womb as his parents gigged almost until he was born! He also attended many live gigs growing up outside of Pittsburgh, PAandstarted music on piano at age 9 and played clarinet and baritonesaxophone injr. highschool band before picking up the electric bassin 1991.A year later he began studying upright bassand at age 16 he won the Milt Hinton Award, a scholarship for students of the Double Bass. He also received honorable mentions from the N.E.A. and performed at the International Duke Ellington Conference while in high school.
Nathan began playing professionally with his parents Skip & Donna in late 1992 and quickly gained a vast knowledge of jazz and American classic song repertiore and most importantly, learned how to play bass in a band, a family band at that! After a few years of gigs, The Skip Peck Trio became a quartet with addition of the youngest Peck, Alexander on drums and from 1994-2002 Nathan performed regularly with his family which at times also included his father's brothers; John Peck on drums and Jamie Peck on Saxophones. John Peck passed away in 2008 from cancer. He was a super rocking, fat beat hitting, funky, and exciting drummer. He is sadly missed. The family recorded 5 compact discs together in different incarnations; Skip Peck Trio-Live & Cookin' 1993, Skip Peck Quartet- Family Tree 1996, Skip Peck Quartet/My Secret Weapon 1997, Donna Peck- Missing You 1998 Skip Peck Band-Mirage 2000
From 1994-2002 Nathan played with many Pittsburgh greats such as Roger Humphries, Joe Harris, Jimmy Ponder, David Budway, The Ashby Brothers, Nathan Davis, and Joe Negri. In 1999 Mr. Peck toured the US and Asia with the great Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nouveau Band which included a command performance in Bankok for the king of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Interesting fact #278; Nathan Peck has performed in 20 Pennsylvania State Correctional Facilities. In 2002 Nathan relocated to New York City and has since had the privilege to perform with Mark Murphy, Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Tyler, Vernon Reed, Howard Fishman, James Wlliams, Ralf Lalama, Gino Sitson, Lafayette Harris, Eteinne Charles, Roy Campbell, Jonathan Kreisberg, Bruce Cox, Allison Miller, Ari Hoenig, and is currently touring and recording with guitarist Alex Skolnick. He has been a part of Skolnick's trio since 2003 and is on Skolnick's current release, 'Last Day In Paradise' (Magna-Carta Records). Skolnick's new release 'Veritas' (Palmetto Records) is due out March 29 2011
In summer 2004, he participated in the Kennedy Center's Jazz Ambassador Program along with the Kelley Johnson Quartet which included performances in Russia, Croatia, Slovenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan. In 2005 Peck performed in Moscow, Istanbul, and Baku, with Shahin Novrasli, a virtuoso pianist from Azerbaijan and is on his current release Live in Moscow. He was also accepted to the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program in 2006.
In 2008 Nathan toured Central America and the Caribbean with the Kelley Johnson Quartet as part of Lincoln Center's American Music Abroad Program. In 2009 he toured Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic with the fusion trio, Phishbacher led by pianist and composer Walter Fischbacher. Currently based in Queens, New York, he is a fulltime musician and leads his own band, The Spankray Funk Band.
Mr. Peck has performed at Lincoln Center, Knitting Factory, Smoke, Iridium, 55 Bar, Lenox Lounge, Deer Head Inn, Joes Pub, Arthurs Tavern, Moscow International Music Hall, Baku Philharmonique, Pizza Express (London), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ronnie Scott's, Austrian Cultural Forum (NYC), Tashkent Philharmonique, Bishkek Philharmonique, Ryles Jazz Club (Boston), Upsrairs Jazz Bar (Montreal)
Awards:1995-Honorable Mention for jazz performance fro The N.E.A. 1995-Winner of the Louis Armstrong fro Jazz Performance Wheeling Park H.S.. 1993-Winner of the Milt Hinton Scholarship for students of the acoustic bass. 1993, 1994, 1995-Outstanding soloist awards, Honors Jazz Band, Wheeling Park H.S..
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Jackson Heights, NY
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Nathan Peck 33-35 76th St. Apt. 1-D Jackson Heights, New York 11372 phone: 718-565-6514 cell 412-414-7774 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Music Educator •B.A. Music Performance •Twelve years experience teaching individuals to comprehend and appreciate music to the highest level. •Seventeen years professional experience performing in large and small ensembles •Comitted to providing thorough education in the fundamentals of music; -melody, harmony, rhythm. -reading -writing -composition -ear training -theory •Experienced teacher of guitar, piano, bass guitar, acoustic bass. •Successfully organized and taught various classes for students of all ages.
Teaching Experience: 2008-Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad Program, along with the Kelley Johnson Quartet, gave concerts, private instruction and clinics to music students in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. 2004-Kennedy Center’s Jazz Ambassadors Program; along with the Kelley Johnson Quartet, gave concerts, private instruction and clinics to music students in Russia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Croatia, Slovenia. www.kennedy-center.org/programs/jazz/ambassadors/artistbios04.html 2000-2002 Spratt Music Institute Pittsburgh PA ; Taught piano, guitar, bass guitar, theory to students ages ten to twenty. Created “Rhythm Werks” a class designed to help students gain experience playing with others in a rhythm section, with emphasis on repertoire. 1997-2000 Center For Music and Art, Pittsburgh PA; Taught piano, guitar, bass guitar, acoustic bass, drums to students ages six to thirty. Successfully organized and taught and introduction to music/piano lab for children ages five to seven.
Education: 1986-1999 Private studies with Professor William Peklinsky, jazz pianist, composer, arranger. Studied piano, music fundamentals, theory, jazz harmony, composition, arranging, great american song repertoire, jazz repertoire. 1995 Graduated from Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling WV with a 3.8 GPA. 1999 Private instruction w/Abe Laboriel, world renowned bassist. 1995-'99 Duquesne University B.A. Music Performance. 2001-'02 Carnegie Mellon University -Private Instruction w/David Pellow, Director of Jazz Studies, Carnegie Mellon University. 2001 Private instruction w/ Avishai Cohen, international musician. 2006 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program- Studied with Curtis Fuller, Dr. Billy Taylor,Dr. Nathan Davis, Chip Jackson , Carmen Lundy, Winnard Harper
Notable Performances: 2008-Performed at Gtaranaki International Guitar Festival with Alex Skolnick Trio, Vernon Reed and Uli Jon Roth. 2006-Gave Children's concert at the Kennedy’s Millennium Stage. Performed original arrangement of “Pure Imagination” 2005-Concerts in Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, U.S.A. with Shahin Novrasli of Azerbaijan 2004-Jazz Ambassadors Program: Concerts and lectures in Russia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Croatia, Slovenia. 2003- Guitar Evolution Tour w/Alex Skolnick Trio 2002- Southern American Music Conference @ Louisiana State University w/ Melton Mustafa; 2002- Guest Entertainer, Royal Caribbean International, Enchantment Of The Seas. 2001- JazzMutazz festival @ Marshall University(Huntington W.V.)w/Peck Family Jazz 2000- Three Rivers Arts Festival & Melon Jazz Festival (PA PA) w/ various artists 1999--Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau /Brass Attitude Tour. Performed at the Thai Cultural Arts Center,(Bangkok Thailand) 1997- Kansas City Jazz Workshop, Topeka Jazz Festival. w/Peck Family Jazz Group 1996- Bop Stop, Cleveland w/Peck Family Jazz Group 1995- Bassist for the Billy Strayhorn Youth Orchestra at the 13th Annual International Duke Ellington Conference under the direction of Mercedes Ellington.. 1994- Tribute to W.V. Senator Robert Byrd w/guest speaker President Bill Clinton (Washington D.C.)
Endorsements: Yamaha Electric basses Azola Basses Acoustic Image Amplifiers D'Addario Strings
Awards: 1995-Honorable Mention for jazz performance fro The N.E.A. 1995-Winner of the Louis Armstrong fro Jazz Performance Wheeling Park H.S.. 1993-Winner of the Milt Hinton Scholarship for students of the acoustic bass. 1993, 1994, 1995-Outstanding soloist awards, Honors Jazz Band, Wheeling Park H.S.. Television Credits: 1998- Nick @ Night’s “T.V. Land Theme”(vocals/bass guitar) 1997- Old Navy’s “Performance Fleece”(vocals)
2003- Adjudications, New York University
2002- Jazz clinics, West Liberty State College; West Liberty WV
2008- "Home" aritst: Kelley Johnson
2007- "Last Day In Paradise" artist: Alex Skolnick Trio
2006- "Ro" artist: Nick Russo + 11
2005- “Live In Moscow” artist: Shahin Novrasli Trio
2004- “Trance Formation” artist: Alex Skolnick Trio (Magna-Carta)
2003- “A-List” artist: Reggie Watkins
2003- “New Fire” artist: The Neil Podgurski Trio
2002- “Lost in a Summer Night” artist: Lisa Hindmarsh
“Sketch Stretch” artist: Andy Bianco
2001- “Life Just Goes On” artist: Margalit & the Liquitones
“Moon Shine” artist: Brothers Peck Jazz Satellite
“American Son” artist: Tom Breiding
2000- “Jesus On Smallman St.” artist: W.I.N.D.
“Pain Killing Mystery Salve” artist: Coal Train
“Mirage” artist: Peck Family Jazz
1999- “Spring Lies Waiting” artist: Bill Deasy
1998- “Discovering You” artist: Peck Family Jazz
“Run And Tell Yer Ma” artist: Coal Train
1997- “My Secret Weapon” artist: Peck Family Jazz