Programs and Tours
UMMA Jazz Series: Pete Siers Organ Trio
Like Clark Kent, jazz percussionist Pete Siers is soft-spoken and unassuming—but put him behind a drum set and a hard-swinging, intensely physical, dynamically sensitive drummer emerges. Pete has an international reputation for his “restless curiosity, attention to detail, and mastery of many different styles,” according to Mike Stratton, host of the FM 89.7 radio show, “The Vinyl Side of Midnight.” Siers has played with jazz luminaries such as Russell Malone, Mulgrew Miller, Marian McPartland, Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, James Moody, Kenny Werner, David “Fathead” Newman, Eddie Daniels, Frank Morgan, Scott Hamilton, Bob Wilber, and Barry Harris. In addition to his expansive performance career, Siers has played on over fifty recordings, including Russell Malone’s Black Butterfly on Columbia Records. He recently played Carnegie Hall, has toured Europe several times, and is a long-time favorite at many jazz parties and festivals across the U.S. Pete continues to perform orchestral pops shows such as trumpeter Marcus Belgrave’s Louis Armstrong Tribute and Dave Bennett’s Salute to Benny Goodman. In addition to his performance and recording career, Pete has taught percussion and jazz drumming for over twenty-five years. He teaches privately as well as having taught at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor School for Performing Arts, Emory University, Purdue University and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He was also an artist-in-residence at Interlochen School of the Arts. For this evening’s performance, Pete will be joined by Duncan MacMillan, playing the Hammond B3 organ, and by Ralph Tope on guitar.
If you can’t get enough of jazz, UMS will screen the movie Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense before this concert at 6 pm in the UMMA Auditorium.
This monthly series, curated by UM Associate Professor Adam Unsworth, presents outstanding local artists in an intimate setting and is made possible by the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.
Wednesday, 19 September, 2012
University of MichiganMuseum of Art
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1354