One night only at the Woodstock Playhouse
Guitarist Peter Bernstein
Rick Montalbano – B3 Organ
Joel Frahm – Tenor Sax
Diego Ramirez – drums
The Bop Island Jazz Festival was created out of the love and commitment of a small group of ardent jazz fans. We have three focuses:
The Bop Island Jazz Festival
The Bop Island Big Band
Bop Island Records
The Bop Island Jazz Festival is comprised of a stellar group of musicians and technicians participating in a series of performances at the Woodstock Playhouse. Please join us at this historic venue for world class artists presenting Jazz in an intimate setting.
ABOUT PETER BERNSTEIN:
Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein (b. 1967, New York City) has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. During that time he has participated in over 80 recordings and numerous festival, concert and club performances with musicians from all generations. As a leader, Peter has released nine albums and a DVD, Live at Smoke.
He got his first break while attending the New School when he met the legendary guitarist Jim Hall. Hall asked Peter to participate in his Invitational Concert as part of the 1990 JVC Jazz Festival. The event featured such guitarists as John Scofield and Pat Metheny and was release as Live at Town Hall Vol. 2. by Music Masters. Hall noted that Peter “…has paid attention to the past as well as the future. He is the most impressive guitarist I’ve heard. He plays the best of them all for swing, logic, feel and taste.”
Also in 1990, Peter Bernstein was discovered by alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson and took part in the first of four recordings with him. He was a regular member of his group throughout the 1990s. “Some people just have it.” Donaldson said. “…most of the time you have to teach someone what to do, but Peter knows it all.”
Peter has also enjoyed long musical associations with legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb (Cobb’s Mob), as well as organist Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart as a member of their highly acclaimed trio. The New York Times called them “the best organ trio of the last decade”. Together they recorded a dozen of records, all of which display their distinctive sound, whether exploring the depths of jazz standards or playing their original compositions.