Music hours: 6:30 to 8:30: Duo // 9:00 Peter Zak-Doug Webb Quartet
Since moving to New York in 1989, pianist Peter Zak has enjoyed recording and performing with saxophonists Walt Weiskopf, Jim Snidero, and Stephen Riley; trumpeter Ryan Kisor; and guitarist Tom Guarna. Zak has accompanied such name artists as George Coleman, Billy Hart, Jon Hendricks, Etta Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Scott Hamilton, and Junior Cook. He has been on the faculty in the Jazz and Contemporary Music College of the New School since 1995 and currently teaches an ensemble class there.
Zak has recorded steadily as a leader since making his debut, in 2005, with "The Peter Zak Trio," a trio date with Paul Gill and Al Foster. That same year, he was the recipient of a $10,000 commission from the Doris Duke Foundation to compose and perform a new work for his trio.
In his notes to The Disciple, Zak describes the composition process as something "by turns challenging, intriguing, frustrating, and finally rewarding" and discusses the value of standard jazz repertoire "as springboards to improvisation and collective interaction. . . . You still need that foundational element that’s built on a basis of collective knowledge among the performers, and oftentimes the audience. Only then do we stand a chance for that deep groove, and for imagination to truly take flight."
"NYC pianist Peter Zak, a spirited bebop-and-beyond stylist, again offers a beguiling mix of distinctive originals and jazz repertoire items both well-known and not-so. This is A-1 modern mainstream trio jazz, swinging with spark." - Zan Stewart, Newark Star-Ledger
Doug Webb plays not only tenor sax, he also plays…. soprillo, sopranino, C soprano, soprano, slide soprano, swanee, saxello, F mezzo soprano, alto, stritch, C melody, tenor, straight tenor, baritone, bass, cortrabass and tubax saxophones... piccolo, Eb, Db, C, G, bass and contrabass flutes..and almost every size ever made of every other woodwind listed in wikipedia under woodwinds...including sarrusophones and renaissance and baroque woodwinds, double reeds...14 sizes of clarinets...and ethnic woodwinds from every region of the world.
Over his career Webb has played and recorded with such notable talents as Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Sal Marquez, Stanley Clarke, Quincy Jones, Mat Marucci, Kyle Eastwood, Billy Childs, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, Art Davis, Kenny Rogers, Bonnie Raitt, Pancho Sanchez and Vikki Carr. He played with the house band for the Dennis Miller TV show, the Jimmy Cleveland orchestra and continues to tour with the Doc Severinsen big band. He has recorded music for hundreds of movies and television programs. He solos on the sound track for Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby. Webb has been featured on hundreds of recordings.
“Webb plays tenor sax like he was born to do that and nothing else…to sum up, it was like drinking a small cup of that wonderfully strong Cuban coffee after you’ve been drinking de-caf all week.” Myrna Daniels, L.A. Jazz Scene