The Art of The Duo, Part 2
SMP welcomes back clarinet/saxophone master Ken Peplowski in performance with New York based pianist Ehud Asherie for an intimate evening of duets at the Old Siskiyou Barn. Ken is no stranger to southern Oregon jazz fans. This will be his fourth SMP appearance and is a regular at the Oregon Coast Jazz Festival. Ken has collaborated with litany of musicians including: Mel Torme, Leon Redbone, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Madonna, Hank Jones, Dave Frishberg, Rosemary Clooney, Tom Harrell, James Moody, Cedar Walton, Houston Person, Steve Allen, Bill Charlap, Woody Allen, Marianne Faithfull, (“Although not necessarily in that order,” says Ken).
Pianist Ehud Asherie, “a master of swing and stride” (The New Yorker), is a jazz pianist who integrates the venerable New York piano tradition into his inventive style. Born in Israel in 1979, Asherie lived in Italy for six years before his family moved to New York. Though he began playing piano as a child, his passion for jazz came later—with a Thelonious Monk cassette tape—and his first visit to Smalls Jazz club in Greenwich Village. Largely self-taught, or rather, “old-schooled,” Asherie learned the ropes at Smalls, spending the wee small hours of his early teens becoming a fixture of the late-night jam sessions. Mentored by the late Frank Hewitt, Asherie began to develop “his virtuosity and his ear for clean, crisp lines“ (The Star-Ledger).
Here’s a short video of Ehud playing in a studio session.