Princeton Festival

“Soprano Sax Royalty” (New Jersey Jazz Journal)

Jazz | Peter and Will Anderson Quintet

Peter & Will Anderson, HORNS

Jeb Patton, piano

Neal Miner, bass

Philip Stewart, drums


Saturday June 23 at 8 pm

Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center
91 University Place, Princeton

Tickets: $60 front orch | $50 rear orch | $15 Students

Peter and Will Anderson Quintet

“These guys flood the room with joy.” – The Seattle Times

“[Their] arrangements, imaginatively unfold in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic pop and jazz tunes” – The Washington Post

“Peter and Will Anderson consistently rise to the challenge, displaying a firm grounding in bop/postbop tradition and demonstrating impressive harmonic and rhythmic assurance … fluid improvisations generate lots of color and contrast.” – JazzTimes

“You dudes are the future!” – Quincy Jones

What kind of jazz do you like? Whatever it is, the Anderson brothers can play it for you. They’re equally at home with jazz renditions of tunes from the Great American Songbook (think Cole Porter’s “These Foolish Things”), big-band staples from the 1940s (“Cherokee”), bebop specialties (“Things Ain’t What They Used to Be”), and rollicking original tunes.

But Peter and Will don’t just play great music. They give it new life. Their arrangements have harmonic sophistication. They’re masters of laid-back swing, beautiful on ballads, and unafraid to push the tempo when it serves the music.

It helps that both twins are virtuosos on several different horns. You’d have to go back to Rahsaan Roland Kirk and James Moody to find musicians this versatile: alto, tenor, and soprano sax; clarinet; even flute! And the three other standout musicians in their quintet back them to the hilt, answering their improvisations with flights of their own.

Peter and Will Anderson have performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Jimmy Heath Big Band, Wycliffe Gordon, Cécile McLorin Salvant (whose sold-out show was a highlight of the 2015 Princeton Festival season), Paquito D’Rivera, Kenny Barron, and other big names. They’re featured on the 2014 Grammy®-winning soundrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, and have headlined at virtually every jazz hotspot you can think of in the US, including the Blue Note and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Their newest album, Deja Vu, features Albert “Tootie” Heath and was called “a burner that reveals the band’s cohesiveness and spirit” by JazzTimes.

You are going to love these guys.

Watch Peter and Will Anderson perform Ray Noble’s “Cherokee” with guitarist Peter Bernstein, drummer Kenny Washington, and Pat Bianchi on B3 organ –

Check out more videos on Peter and Will Anderson’s YouTube channel!