The Peter and Will Anderson Trio to be at Hooker-Dunham

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BRATTLEBORO >> The 'Seattle Times" said "These guys fill the room with joy," and boy, do they ever. Identical twin brothers Will and Peter Anderson pump out upbeat, happy jazz on saxophone, clarinet and flute, while the third member of the trio, Adam Moezinia, adds an unusual component to a jazz band, the guitar, to comprise The Peter and Will Anderson Trio. This rare treat will be at the Hooker-Dunham Theater on Sunday at 7 p.m. The brothers began playing together when they were 9 years old, inspired by a Benny Goodman CD given to them by their parents, eventually performing duets in their area. As teenagers they were selected for the Betty Carter's jazz Ahead Program, the NFAA Young Arts Program, and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. They moved to New Your City to go to The Julliard School, and have been based there ever since, playing many venues in the city itself including The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and traveling to play in festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Sarasota Florida Jazz Festival, The Arizona Music Festival and myriad other venues. They have performed in over 30 states, and have been featured n NYC's "Highlights of Jazz" series four times.

Five years ago Moezinia joined them, adding the guitar for the trio, not typical in a jazz group, but lends itself well to giving a wide range of aesthetic sound, Will said they are strongly influenced by the sounds of many great jazz musicians, particularly Duke Ellington and Count Basie. They bring to the stage swing, blues and Bebop, putting as much contrast into the music as they can, and leaving the audience feeling is though they want to get up and dance. As quoted on their web site, peterandwillanderson.com, "All About Jazz" said "They're naturals and while essentially into bebop-they play with a passion, unpredictability and sense of discovery that can make you feel like you're back at the beginning of it at Minton's. They can claim an astonishing affinity for the full range of jazz forms and styles. I've listened to them play all kinds of jazz now and have yet to hear an inauthentic note."

Will and Peter's 2012 album "Correspondence" was chosen by Vanity Fair magazine in "Four New Releases To Make You Love Jazz" – and listed alongside Miles Davis! Their "Reed Reflections" CD was reviewed by the Washington Post as "imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic jazz tunes." For Sunday's concert they will be playing from their most recently released CD "Deja Vu," called "a burner that reveals the band's cohesiveness and spirit" by Mike Joyce in JazzTimes. "Deja Vu" contains many of the brother's original music, and the features jazz great Albert "Tootie" Heath with Peter, tenor sax and Will, alto sax. Also on the CD are Phil Stewart, drums, Jeb Patton, piano, David Wong on bass,

This will be the first time the trio has brought their unique sound to Brattleboro. Will said, "We're very excited to come to Brattleboro. We are very familiar with its reputation as an arts community – excited to be coming to Hooker-Dunham."

As the New York Times called them, these "virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone," have a busy schedule ahead of them and may not be back to Brattleboro for a while, so be sure to catch them while you can at the Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St., Brattleboro, on Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information visit hookerdunham.org, or call 802-254-9276,

Contact Cicely M. Eastman at 802-254-2311 ext. 261.


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