Hello vocal jazz community - Peter here. Just wanted to alert those looking for potential repertoire choices for their groups this coming year (this is all dependent on schools staying 'in person' obviously - wow, what a world) that I have a number of tunes/vocal arrangements now available - Kerry Marsh is publishing my composition/group arrangement 'Wish You with Me', as well as a new vocal arrangement of 'I'll Be Seeing You' (of all things!) that I was asked to write for a wonderful choral group in Boston named Coro Allegro. I'm proud of the arrangement - in 6/8 with accompanied piano. I have always been crazy for Darmon's arrangment of 'I'll Be . . ' for NYV of course (!!), this is just something a little different. I believe Kerry's terribly cool arrangement of my tune 'Warm December' is also available now. Check out kerrymarsh.com for more info on those. The goddess Rosana Eckert put together a particularly beautiful vocal arrangement of my tune 'Forever Blue' - it is rich and intricate. She's the coolest.
And if that weren't enough - grateful to Gerhard Guter for doing a super compelling arrangement of my tune 'Full Grown Man' that is now available on Matt Falker's new publishing company
Matfal Music. Thank you Matt, and thank you Gerhard !
Keep an eye out folks. Honored and thrilled to be part of the 'scene' . . .
Hello out there
-despite the world’s utter insanity at the present time, I am trying to put a little positivity into the air by (finally) releasing a collection of original tunes entitled ‘MY MUSEUM’.
Why that title you ask?
The project consists of lots of never-officially-released material,
B sides, some ‘live’ performances, and original demos from some thirty years of writing and recording songs (‘My Museum’ is also a rather funky mini-autobiographical tongue in cheek exercise I wrote forever ago). Songs I’ve loved but never found the right ‘home’.
The project is a bit of a wild ride, covering vastly different genres and styles, from sweet singer/songwriter-ish odes to acoustic jazz with a capital J, to artful 90’s pop, to some fun funkier/bluesier fare.
Besides strolling down memory lane, it is my hope that other people might want to do their own version of any of the songs contained in ‘My Museum’. There is indeed nothing better than somebody ELSE singing a tune I wrote. In fact, in the weeks to come there might even be a ‘contest’ to see who might do the best Eldridge cover, so please stay tuned for that (but make your choices now - !).
‘Historical’ descriptions and musician credits of the songs will be available soon on the MY MUSEUM page. Big thanks to the gods and goddesses who played and sang on these tracks over the years, to my dear musical brother Theo Bleckmann for not only designing the cover but taking the actual photo (way back when), to Margie Farmer for being Margie Farmer, and most of all to Ben Wittman for having such a huge impact on the vibe and production of most of this music (and all my other albums as well!) for about thirty years now (how terribly strange to say that). I hope this new/old assemblage of Eldridge tunes gets under your skin and into your voices in the best sense.
Thanks for listening . . . hang in there good people. P E
Enjoy Peter's interview on Gail Boyd's Alternative Venues for Jazz