Born: September 27, 1945
Played traditional jazz (Dixieland) in Connecticut, starting late '60s. Studied classical music. Played trumpet with New Haven Symphony.
1973-1980: David Bromberg Band, 5 albums, annual tours to present.
1974: Toured with Gregg Allman, album, “Gregg Allman Live.”
1970s: Recorded with Bonnie Raitt, Paul Butterfield, Gloria Gaynor.
1980s: Toured and recorded with Leon Redbone, recorded with Bob Dylan.
1987-1995: 1st trumpet with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks (1920s style big band), 2 albums.
1986-2001: Played with Marty Grosz (1930s swing), 4 albums.
1986-2000: Many jazz festivals, jazz parties in US, Europe, and Far East. Concerts with Dick Hyman at 92nd St. Y, NYC. 4 traditional jazz solo albums, 2 for Arbors Jazz, one each for Jazzology and Stomp Off....
- Marianne Mangan, Michael Steinman's Jazz Lives.
I’ve been especially impressed by the trumpeter, cornetist and flugelhornist Peter Ecklund. As we used to put it, he’s “saying something” when he plays. I've heard Ecklund now in a number of different contexts. He can remind you, at times, of a host of people from Armstrong to Beiderbecke to Harry James to Harry Edison to Art Farmer, but his approach, including a sound that’s multi-textured and rich with contrasts, is totally individuated. Just a few notes and you know that it’s him. His solos, consistently crafted with wit and intelligenceunerringly MUSICALcan be powerfully dynamic and emotive, and his presence in an ensemble always serves to extend the musicians he’s working with. In his own group, Blue Suitcase, which has been playing occasionally at the Greenwich Village Bistro on Carmine Street, he draws not only on jazz but on a classical training, extensive experience with rock and pop bands, outstanding song writing and arranging skills, computer technology and a droll sense of humor, to produce music that’s inventive, edgy and immediately seductive. He’s a genuine artist. The real thing.
from “The War is Over: A Conversation About Jazz with Robert Levin, Buzzle.com