For years Peter Eldridge has remained at the forefront of both the singer-songwriter and jazz realms as a vocalist, pianist, composer, and arranger. He has eight critically acclaimed albums, the most recent is Somewhere, released July, 2019, a collection of ballads with string orchestra and jazz trio, featuring pianist/arranger Kenny Werner and cellist/conductor Eugene Friesen. Peter's first two solo CDs were released in 2001 - Stranger in Town and Fool No More; followed by Decorum (2005); the Latin-inspired Mad Heaven 2011; New Definition and Foolish Hearts (2012); Disappearing Day, was released in July 2016 on Sunnyside Records and recognized as “an out and out masterpiece” by all about jazz. Disappearing Day made many ‘best of the year’ lists, including Downbeat, Jazziz, and NPR.
Moss is a vocal group which defies categorization, grown from friends wanting to investigate various forms of music with a modern sensibility, stepping outside of comfort zones and taking chances in arranging and composition. Their debut album (Moss) on Sunnyside was considered one of the best albums of the last decade by Downbeat who called it ‘a hushed masterpiece’.
The diverse collection of souls in Moss consists of Kate McGarry, Luciana Souza (and now vocalist Jo Lawry), Lauren Kinhan,
Theo Bleckmann and Peter Eldridge.
One of Peter’s current projects includes his first full-fledged musical with the working title of ‘The Woman in Question’, co-written with Chicago playwright Cheryl Coons about the life, loves, and art of Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt.
Eldridge is also a founding member of internationally acclaimed vocal group, New York Voices. The group continues to tour internationally and has performed in some of the world’s most preeminent venues and festivals, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Kennedy Center, and has been involved in two Grammy-award winning projects with Paquito D’Rivera and the Count Basie Orchestra. New York Voices has completed two collaborative albums, one with the Bob Mintzer Big Band and the other with Brazilian singer/songwriter Ivan Lins and the Danish Radio Big Band. Look for a new album in fall of 2019,
Some of Peter’s notable collaborations include Bobby McFerrin, Fred Hersch, Becca Stevens, Chanticleer, George Benson, Michael Brecker, David Byrne, Jonatha Brooke, Kurt Elling,
the New West Guitar Trio, Jane Monheit, the Swingles, Anat Cohen, Betty Buckley, Janis Siegel,
Paula Cole, Jon Hendricks, and Mark Murphy. Peter’s music is featured in Zach Galifianakis’ recorded performance ‘Live at the Purple Onion’, and his original songs or collaborations have been covered by artists such as Nancy Wilson, Paquito D’Rivera, and Jane Monheit. This past Spring, Peter was commissioned by the Boston choral group Coro Allegro to write a piece for its 25th anniversary (‘to be nobody’, text by e e cummings).
Peter was head of the Manhattan School of Music’s jazz voice department for eighteen years and is now part of the voice faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is regularly in demand for workshops and masterclasses both domestically and internationally, in topics ranging from vocal technique and song interpretation to songwriting and arranging.