We are giving away a two pairs of tickets (4 total) to see Steve Elmer at William Peace University's Kenan Hall on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
William Peace University is delighted to host Steve Elmer of the Steve Elmer Trio in concert. Steve Elmer started playing drums at 13-years old in Brooklyn junior high school. He played drums for singers, comedians, dog acts, xylophone/harmonica/violin players, dance teams, jugglers, magicians, rock n’ roll bands, jazz bands, concert bands, symphony orchestras ... basically anybody who needed a drummer... for many years. In 1964, he was a featured jazz drummer with All American Big Brass Band Tour of Africa for three months, through 16 countries, and traveled 30,000 miles. Elmer was also a jazz drummer with Bobby Hackett (1964-1965). His first piano studies didn't come until the age of 25 when he studied with Lennie Tristano (1965-1971). Elmer earned a BS in Music Education from Hofstra University (1967) and an MA in Music Composition from Queens College, CUNY (1971). He became the director of Jazz Studies (with Frank Foster) at Queens College, CUNY, 1975-76 and stopped playing professionally from 1976-1991. At the age of 40, he began classical piano lessons with Arminda Canteros and Jon Verbalis (1981). He was a piano/composer/music director for The Jazz Mentality (Chris Potter, reeds, Ralph Hamperian, bass, Myles Weinstein, drums) from 1992-1997 and is heard on two CDs: “Maxwell’s Torment,” “Show Business Is My Life.” “I Used To Be Anonymous” by The Steve Elmer Trio (Steve Elmer, piano/composer, Hide Tanaka, bass, Shingo Okudaira, drums), CD/MP3 was released in 2006. The Steve Elmer Trio toured Japan, February-March in 2007. A year later, the Trio released “Fire Down Below” (CD/MP3, 2008). Two years later, the Trio released ""Jazz Life - Live @ Cleopatra's Needle, NYC"" (CD/MP3, 2010). Elmer describes his musical approach as “Classic Jazz Piano: Play the melody, improvise, tell a story, and make it swing.” He also likes to write compositions dedicated to people who have inspired him or had an impact on his life. Some his original tunes include: “Blues for Bobby T (for Bobby Timmons), “Easy Mr. B (for Billy Eckstein), “Mr. Kenny D” (for Kenny Dorham), “The Monkwalk” (for Thelonious Monk), The Teddy Wilson Stomp” (for Teddy Wilson), “Autumn Haze” (for Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn), “Dance of the Drackots” (for Bud Powell), and “Mooseman’s Minor Mood” (an autobiographical reference). Elmer said, ""I’ve been fortunate to be able to pursue my passion, overcoming many of the obstacles I’ve encountered along the way. I’ve also been lucky enough to have found encouragement and support from family, friends, and total strangers. It has not been an easy road to follow but I’m happy doing what I love best, making music that satisfies my soul.
February 10th, 2014
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
William Peace University's Kenan Hall
15 E Peace St
Visit the William Peace University website for more information.
Winners will be chosen Tuesday, February 11th. The winners will receive an email and, once we confirm you as a winner, your name will be put on the guest list.