NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Along with the other events going on this week as part of Newton’s annual Spring into the Arts Festival is an opportunity to hear some jazz at Bethel College.
New York City-based drummer Pete Zimmer makes a return appearance (he was at Bethel for a concert with his trio in March 2015) as a special guest of the trio Organique – Jim Pisano, Bethel director of jazz studies, on tenor saxophone, Wichita musician William Flynn on guitar and Jeremy Thomas of Oklahoma City on organ.
“Jeremy will be playing the Hammond B3 that David Sebits donated to Bethel College,” Pisano noted.
Organique and Zimmer will play April 23 at 5:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Bethel’s Luyken Fine Arts Center.
“If you’re coming for the KIPCOR films [at 3 p.m.],” said Pisano, “you should just plan to stick around for some great jazz.”
On the program will be some of Pisano’s original compositions, written for his doctoral thesis, which is on “saxophone performance practice in a jazz organ context.”
Drummer Pete Zimmer was born and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and studied at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, and at the New England Conservatory of Music, from which he has a bachelor’s degree.
Zimmer moved to New York City in 2001, where he has established himself as one of the top-call young drummers in the NYC jazz scene.
Since then, Zimmer has performed and recorded with jazz legends and masters, as well as rising jazz stars. In 2004, he launched his record label, Tippin’ Records, and released his first album as a bandleader, Common Man. He has produced and released four additional CDs, both studio and live recordings that feature many of his compositions.
An All Music Guide review of Chillin’ Live @ Jazz Factory said, “Pete Zimmer’s fourth recording as a bandleader and composer might stake his claim as a modern-day version of Art Blakey.”
Since 2005, Zimmer has played in many of New York’s famous venues and has toured much of the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been on faculty at the New York Jazz Academy since 2009.
The April 23 concert at Bethel is free and open to the public, with donations accepted to support jazz at Bethel.