The Grace Kelly Quintet (Touring Band)


Peter McCann, guitarist

- Evan Gregor, Bassist
 

Ross Pederson, drummer
 

David Cook, Pianist/Keyboardist
 
- Jordan Perlson, Drummer

- Mark Walker, Drummer

 
   
 
 

Jason Palmer, Trumpeter, is slowly becoming one of the most in demand jazz musicians of his generation. He has shared the stage with icons such as Roy Haynes, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith (the organist), Wynton Marsalis, Greg Osby (quintet member 2004-2006), Kurt Rosenwinkel (first trumpeter to ever be hired by this highly acclaimed guitarist), Ravi Coltrane, Geri Allen, Patrice Rushen, Jason PalmerClarence Penn, Common (hip-hop icon), Roy Hargrove, Billy Pierce, etc. Jason took 1st Place in the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition. The June 2007 issue of Downbeat Magazine cited Jason as one of the "Top 25 trumpeters of the Future”.
 
His debut recording entitled "Songbook” (Ayva Musica) features nine original compositions and includes guest saxophonists Ravi Coltrane and Greg Osby. The record garnered rave reviews upon its’ release and appeared on several "Best of 2008” lists including All Music Guide’s list for best jazz album. Jason was a member of Greg Osby’s quintet from 2004-2006 which performed at major jazz festivals in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, France, Malta, Netherlands, as well as two stints at the Village Vanguard in New York City. Jason is currently a member of Grace Kelly’s Quintet and Matana Robert’s Mississippi Moonchile, performing at major jazz festivals in Sicily, Germany, Finland, Croatia, Serbia, Bratislava, Canada, as well as the Freihofer Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY, clubs in NYC such as the Knitting Factory, Dizzy’s, Rose Hall at Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Jazz Bakery (L.A.), Sculler’s Jazz Club and Regattabar (MA), and the Clearwater Jazz Holiday (FL). In September of 2009 Jason completed a 4-week 24-date extensive tour of the UK in support of UK bassist Michael Janisch’s debut album entitled Purpose Built, which also features Jason Palmer’s trumpet work.

Jason’s quintet has been serving as the house band at Boston’s historical Wally’s Jazz Café for the past nine years. He has also presented his band at the Tanglewood Jazz Fest, the Jazz Standard and the Jazz Gallery in NYC, the Studio in Hartford Ct, as well as other venues throughout New England. In 2007, Jason Palmer was commissioned by the Festival of New Trumpet Music in NYC to premier a new work for his quintet.

In addition to maintaining a heavy performing schedule, Jason Palmer continues to maintain a busy schedule as an educator/actor/board member at JazzBoston. At a time when many music educators in the Boston area are commuting from New York City, Jason commuted from Boston to New York City to serve on the faculty at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in the fall of 2008. Jason has taught trumpet and directed ensembles in the Preparatory Division and the School for Continuing Education at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston for the past ten years and is teaching at the Mission Hill School for the past five years. He is also a faculty member at the Aquinas College Jazz Camp (Grand Rapids, MI, 2004-present) and has given master classes in Portugal, the UK, and Mexico. Jason was the leading actor in director Damien Chazelle’s Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench. The movie received great reviews after premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009. Since then the film is screening at film festivals in Greece, Bratislava, Martha’s Vineyard (MA), Houston (TX), Denver (CO), Seattle (WA), Los Angeles (CA), Calgary (Canada), Minneapolis (MN), Mill Valley (CA).
 
Awards; 2009-1st Place Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competiti
 
 


Pete McCann is one of the first-call sidemen in New York. He works in several groups including the Patti Austin band, Lee Konitz Nonet, Chris Tarry Quintet, Melissa Stylianou group, New York Nonet, Dan Willis Sextet, JD Walter Trio, and Alison Wedding's group. Pete has performed with some of the greats in jazz: Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Lee Konitz, Kenny Garrett, Peter Erskine, Gary Thomas, Greg Osby, Brian Blade, and the Maria Schneider Orchestra.
 
He has appeared on over 60 CDs including:
Almost Certainly Dreaming, Chris Tarry group; I Think It's Going To Rain Today, Curtis Stigers; The Other Side of Ellington, The Palmetto All-Stars; Standard Wonder (The Music of Stevie Wonder), Dave Pietro; Round 'Bout Now, George Schuller; and Phase 2, Mahavishnu Project.

Pete's playing encompasses a wide variety of musical styles and genres -- Straight-ahead, Post-Bop, Avant-Garde, Latin, Jazz-Rock Fusion. He has performed throughout the US, Canada and Europe from clubs to jazz festivals, musicals, award shows, and even an opera.

 

 

 

 


Evan Gregor, Evan GregorA versatile acoustic and electric bassist, Evan Gregor has been hired as a sideman by a wide range of artists including Gary Burton, Dave Liebman, Phil Woods, Patti Austin, Brad Shepik, Pete McCann, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, The New York BMI Jazz Orchestra, Christian Scott, Bill Goodwin, Bob Dorough, Urbie Green, The Mahavishnu Project, Christian Howes and many others, which has taken him all over the world. He is a member of Grace Kelly’s quintet, Dave Liebman’s "Lineage,” Phil Woods and The Festival Orchestra, Danny Sher’s Quintet and other groups. He holds a BM in Jazz Composition/Electric Bass from Berklee College of Music and an MM in acoustic bass from William Paterson, both Summa Cum Laude.

Evan has served as faculty at The Collective, an accredited school for college aged rhythm section players in New York City. He also teaches and coordinates ensembles for CampJazz in Delaware Water Gap, PA, and recently released "From Student to Jazz Artist" - a unique 3+ hour interview/discussion with David Liebman on developing as a young artist, available through Advance Music.

"Bassist Evan Gregor deserves special praise for his beautiful tone and secure pitch, even in the highest register"
Steve Elman - the Arts Fuse

 
 
 
 
 

 


Ross Pederson, Drummer

An explosive yet sensitive, dynamic, and compelling voice on the drum set, Ross has quickly emerged as an in demand drummer since arriving in New York City in early 2009. Ross has shared the stage with many notable musicians/artists as Kenny Werner, GrammyAward Winner Patti Austin, Chris Potter, Emmy Rossum, The Boston Pops, Jessie James, David Binney, Lew Soloff, JeanMichel

Pilc, Rufus Reid, Mark Egan, Francois Moutin, Grace Kelly, John Ellis, Gary Versace, Oz Noy, Marc Johnson, Patricia Barber, Johannes Weidenmueller, Jon Hendricks, Madeline Eastman, Nir Felder, Joe Martin, Taylor Eigsti, John Abercrombie, Billy Drewes, Rich Perry, Wycliffe Gordon, Gilad Hekselman, Henry Hey, Pete McCann, Tim Lefevbre, Alison Wedding, Ralph LaLama, among many others. He is a current member of former Blood Sweat and Tears trumpeter Lew Soloff's Quartet, a frequent member of the Kenny Werner Trio, and the Jean Michel Pilc New Trio+1. In addition to his jazz roots Ross stays in touch with his rock and pop roots, playing with many prominent singer songwriters around New York City. Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Ross is a drummer/producer/composer/ arranger currently living in New York City (Brooklyn). Born with two highly musical parents John, a wonderful jazz trumpet player and music educator, and Marlys, a gifted pianist and educatorRoss was exposed to a diverse array of music at an early age. He began playing the trumpet and piano at age 5, studying with his father for years until he discovered his true musical voice at the age of 13: the drums. Without a doubt his background in classical trumpet and piano have helped shape his musical sensitivity. After several years of being self taught on the drums, and playing in various progressive rock, R&B, jazz, and metal bands, Ross began to develop an undeniable sense of creativity and spirit through music. As a sideman, Ross has recorded on dozens of albums ranging from Jazz trio to Indie Rock. He has performed at the Montreaux, Vienne, North Sea, and Umbria jazz festivals as well as toured in Peru, Norway, Italy, Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Poland, Ukraine, Canada, Mexico, and most of the US, and has made appearances on numerous radio and television broadcasts. He has played at most of the major jazz clubs in New York City, including the Blue Note, Dizzy’s, Smoke, 55 Bar, Smalls, Fat Cat, Knitting Factory, Rockwood Music Hall, The Living Room, The Bitter End, and Sullivan Hall to name a few. Ross performed on New Year’s Eve, 2011, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, with Patti Austin. In 2009 he also recorded an educational Play along album with jazz piano legend Kenny Werner, entitled "Trading With the Greats," a Jody Jazz Production. 

By age 16 he was studying music composition and arranging, and he also spent two summers at the International Music Camp at the International Peace Gardens, studying fantastic musicians and educators Ryan Korb and Tim Froncek, each time receiving the Outstanding Jazz Musician Award. Ross has also studied with Ari Hoenig, Keith Carlock, and Drori Mondlok.Ross received his Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies at the worldrenowned University of North Texas, where he spent four years as a Shelly Manne Drumset Scholarship recipient, studying with master musician and educator Ed Soph. His last two years there he was a member of the Grammynominated One O'Clock Lab Band under the direction of Neil Slater. He can be heard with them on the albums Lab 2007, Lab 2008, and Live at Blues Alley. During this time he was also a member of the Lynn Seaton Trio and the Stefan Karlsson Trio, both of which were instrumental in shaping his musical voice. All throughout his time at North Texas Ross played professionally with many of Dallas' top jazz, R&B, and pop/rock musicians. As a sideman, Ross has recorded on dozens of albums ranging from Jazz trio to Indie Rock. He has performed at the Montreaux, Vienne, North Sea, and Umbria jazz festivals as well as toured in Peru, Norway, Italy, Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Poland, Ukraine, Canada, Mexico, and most of the US, and has made appearances on numerous radio and television broadcasts. He has played at most of the major jazz clubs in New York City, including the Blue Note, Dizzy’s, Smoke, 55 Bar, Smalls, Fat Cat, Knitting Factory, Rockwood Music Hall, The Living Room, The Bitter End, and Sullivan Hall to name a few. Ross performed on New Year’s Eve, 2011, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, with Patti Austin. In 2009 he also recorded an educational Play along album with jazz piano legend Kenny Werner, entitled "Trading With the Greats," a Jody Jazz Production. As an educator Ross has given clinics and master classes at New York University, University of North Texas, McGill University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chadron State College, ICPNA in Lima, Peru. Ross is known as being somewhat of a musical chameleon, involving himself in a number of diverse projects: jazz, hiphop, experimental electronic music, indie rock, and folk sounding

at home in each of them. He is currently working on a project of his own, with elements of jazz, electronica, R&B, and folk.

 


David Cook, Pianist/Composer, is a Brooklyn-based musician heavily invested in the New York jazz scene and beyond.

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, David attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied with Ellen Rowe, Barton Polot, Gerald Cleaver and the late Donald Walden. Upon moving to New York, he continued his studies with Bruce Barth, Fred Hersch and Kenny Werner.

David has Music-Directed and/or played for many notable singers, including Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, Lizz Wright, Natasha Bedingfield, Marianne Faithfull, Academy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson, Shayna Steele, Darius DeHaas, Billy Porter and Utada Hikaru. He has played in small groups led by bassists Francois Moutin, Michael Blanco and Nicholas D'Amato, guitarists Greg Howe, Scott Sharrard and Al Street, saxophonists Arun Luthra, Bob Reynolds and Mark Small as well as drummer Sunny Jain. He has played in larger ensembles led by trombonist Alan Ferber, big bands led by Asuka Kakatani and JC Sanford, and Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra .

In 2010, David released his first cd as a leader on the BJU record label. "Pathway" represents a move forward after years of sideman work in New York, nationally and internationally. Produced by jazz piano great Bruce Barth, featuring Matt Clohesy on bass and Mark Ferber on drums, "Pathway" is a collection of original works written for modern piano trio.

In 2008, David was selected to represent the United States in the American Music Abroad program with the band Exegesis, sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department. The ensemble traveled to Bahrain, Yemen, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait over the course of 5 weeks, giving performance and clinics to audiences across the region.

Some of the musicians that David has recorded or performed with include Obed Calvaire, Dennis Chambers, Jay Collins, Quincy Davis, Shane Endsley, John Ellis, Nir Felder, Tomas Fujiwara, Janek Gwizdala, Paul Keller, Pete McCann, Donny McCaslin, John O'Gallagher, Ulysses Owens, Rich Perry, Lew Soloff and Victor Wooten, among others.       

 

 

Jordan Perlson was born in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where he began drumming at the age of 10. Jordan studied privately with numerous teachers throughout his childhood, but it was not until he began studying with famed drummer Joe Morello, at the age of 17, did he really begin to develop his technique and sound. Jordan Pearlson
 
On scholarship, Jordan attended Berklee College of Music where he graduated with a dual degree in Performance and Music Business.
While in college, Jordan studied with teachers such as Ian Froman, Jammey Haddad and Jon Hazilla. While still a student, Jordan had the pleasure of performing with Michel Camilo, Pat Metheny and many others. Now a long time resident of the New York City scene, Jordan keeps a very busy performing and recording schedule. He has shared the stage with such musicians as Kaki King, David Liebman, Gary Burton, Chris Potter, Hiromi, Greg Osby, Cuong Vu, Henry Hey, Donny McCaslin, Brad Shepik, Chris Cheek, George Garzone, David Binney, Wayne Krantz and many others. Jordan also spent two years drumming for the New York cast of Blue Man Group.
 
Jordan has composed music for and can be heard on commercials for Powerade, Nissan, The New York Rangers, Netflix and other major commercial market products.
 
The young drummer also recently opened a home recording studio, built specifically for drum tracking. He is currently working on an instructional book as well as his first solo project of original material. He can be contacted via jordanperlson.com or directly at jordanperlson { at } gmail.com.

 

 


Mark Walker Grammy award-winning drummer/ percussionist Mark Walker (1961-) hails from "Central America" (Chicago, Illinois). He began playing drumset at age ten and played his first professional club, concert and recording gigs barely out of high school. He gained valuable experience performing an extremely wide range of styles in the Chicago area and later became a first-call session drummer and percussionist, playing on over a thousand jingles and record dates. Mark likes to work with a full drumset plus plenty of hand percussion. 

Since moving to New York in 1995, he has performed and recorded extensively with Oregon, Paquito D'Rivera, Michel Camilo, the Caribbean Jazz Project, Dave Samuels, Andy Narell, Lyle Mays, David Leibman, Cesar Camargo Mariano and many more. He has appeared on major television shows such as "Late Night with David Letterman", "The Rosie O'Donnell Show", "PBS presents..." and "BET On Jazz". He also appears on screen with Paquito D'Rivera in Fernando Trueba's Latin jazz documentary Calle 54 (Miramax). He has also performed at all the major jazz festivals worldwide.

In 2001, he was appointed Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he has created new curricula, served on the education committee, and taught drummers, percussionists, and ensembles. He has also served on the faculty at Drummers Collective in New York City and has conducted master classes, clinics, and workshops in South America, North America, and Europe, both as a solo artist and with such groups as Oregon, Paquito D'Rivera Quintet, the Caribbean Jazz Project, Sakesho, Lyle Mays Quartet, Chucho Valdes, Bill Watrous, and others. He also wrote for the all-star instructional drum set book "Killer Grooves"published by Carl Fischer.

His solo projects include the sample/loop discs "Chameleon Drums, Vol 1 & 2" (Sonic Emulations) and "Ritmo De Las Americas" (Sampleheads). He has also co-produced and co-composed with Oregon, Bob McGrath and David Onderdonk and has arranged for Oregon, Paquito D'Rivera, Caribbean Jazz Project and others.

He has won 3 Grammy Awards and earned several Grammy nominations for his work with various artists, including Oregon, Donato Poveda, Paquito D'Rivera and Caribbean Jazz Project. He won the grand prize for Jazziz magazine's "Percussion On Fire" competition in 1996. He has also earned the Indy award and the Jazz award (German record manufacturers) for his work with Oregon.

Mark Walker is a Yamaha, Paiste, Remo, Vic Firth and LP artist. His website is www.wiggage.com/markwalker.html.