Pete Zimmer

Since his arrival to New York City over a decade ago in June of 2001, Pete Zimmer has established himself amongst the forefront as one of the top-call young drummers in New York's jazz scene. Born and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Zimmer has made his mark locally and internationally as a versatile and articulate drummer, bandleader, sideman, composer, educator, and record label entrepreneur.

Before moving to New York, Zimmer studied both at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois and also at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he earned his bachelors degree. At the Conservatory he had the good fortune to have apprenticeships with master musicians such as Danilo Perez, Cecil McBee, George Garzone, Bob Moses, Jerry Bergonzi, and Bob Brookmeyer.

Since 2001, Zimmer has performed and recorded with both master jazz legends, as well as up-and-coming, rising jazz stars including: George Garzone, Joel Frahm, Jeremy Pelt, Peter Bernstein, Michael Rodriguez, Jerry Weldon, Dennis Irwin, David Wong, Rick Germanson, Anthony Wonsey, Randy Napoleon, Michael Karn, Julius Tolentino, Gene Perla, Tom Kennedy, Wayne Escoffery, Jaleel Shaw, Dan Nimmer, and many others.

In May of 2004, Pete Zimmer launched his record label, Tippin’ Records, and on September 7th, 2004, released his first album as a leader, “Common Man,” which was declared “an impressive debut” by the Philadelphia Daily News. Since that time, Zimmer has produced and released three additional CDs as a bandleader, “Burnin’ Live at the Jazz Standard” (2006), “Judgment” (2006), and “Chillin’ Live @ Jazz Factory” (2008). These CDs, two studio and two live recordings, feature many of his compositions that have brought him a great deal of critical acclaim across the globe. His fifth album as a leader, “Prime of Life,” is scheduled to be released in April of 2012.

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January 04, 2008

Tony Malaby's Cello Trio (Fri) Pete Zimmer Group (Sat) at Cornelia...

December 31, 2007

Ribs & Brisket Revue (Mon) Speakeasy (Tue) Tony Malaby's Cello Trio...

September 10, 2007

Pete Zimmer to Take Detour to Birthplace of Modern Jazz

August 27, 2007

Pete Zimmer Group September USA Tour Featuring Jeremy Pelt

April 29, 2007

The Jazz Session: Pete Zimmer

February 25, 2007

Pete Zimmer Band @ Blues Alley Monday, February 26, 2007 8PM and 10PM

January 31, 2007

Pete Zimmer Band @ Blues Alley Monday, February 26, 2007, 8PM and 10PM

January 31, 2007

Pete Zimmer Quintet at the Blue Note Friday, February 2nd 12:30am

October 24, 2006

Pete Zimmer Quintet: Judgment CD Release Party at The Kitano, 8pm...

October 04, 2006

Drummer Pete Zimmer on WKCR Wednesday Oct. 4th 6pm to 9pm

September 21, 2006

Pete Zimmer New CD Judgment, Featuring George Garzone + Upcoming...

August 08, 2006

Pete Zimmer Quintet at Cecil's Jazz Club Friday, August 11th 9pm

July 05, 2006

Pete Zimmer Quintet CD Release Party at Cornelia Street Cafe Saturday,...

June 13, 2006

Pete Zimmer Quintet: Burnin' Live at the Jazz Standard (TIP1102) CD...

May 05, 2006

The Pete Zimmer Quintet Burnin' Live at the Jazz Standard (TIP1102)...

February 06, 2006

Pete Zimmer Quintet Tuesday, February 7th at the Jazz Standard Sets at...

January 10, 2006

Pete Zimmer Quintet Upcoming Events

October 31, 2005

Pete Zimmer Quartet Saturday, November 5th 9pm at the Cornelia Street...

October 06, 2005

Pete Zimmer Quintet at Smalls Thursday Oct. 6th 10PM

September 28, 2005

Pete Zimmer Quartet October Tour

”Crackle-and-snap drummer Pete Zimmer spoke volumes with a few thumps of his snare.” FINANCIAL TIMES

”Pete Zimmer has learned his New York lessons well, as his dry tone, meaty swing beat and subtle accents make him an old hand on Chillin' Live @ Jazz Factory” DOWN BEAT

”Zimmer's drumming boasts a crisp, swinging command with judicious musicality.” MODERN DRUMMER

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