The Jeremy Pelt Quintet: Main Attraction at The Brooklyn Museum

By Joseph Powell

The Jeremy Pelt Quintet closed out this year's "Jazz:: Brooklyn's Beat" music series at New York's Brooklyn Museum. The concert took place June 28th and was a part of a series of musical events held at various cultural institutions in the famed borough. Local jazz staion "WBGO-FM" is a co-sponsor of the series which occurs during the month of June.

Jeremy Pelt backed by J.D. Allen on tenor saxaphone, David Grimes on piano, Dwayne Burno on bass and Jon Barber playing drums, soared thru tunes from their previous released CD's. They covered the music styles of 90's hard bop to light ballads on original tunes such as "David and Goliath," "Claire Vonti," and "2nd Love."

Pelt's playing strongly acknowledges the Miles Davis influence and he has openly confirmed being a admirer of the late trumpter. There were times throughout the performance where Pelt stays true to Davis by playing notes that also show the influence of Louis Armstrong. Miles Davis had always stated that all past and future trumpeters are in debted to Louis Armstrong.

Along with his superb trumpet skills, Pelt has a steady solid stage presence. Pelt seemed so calm and confident on stage that he didnt have to say much when leading the band. The entire band played well together by feeding off one of another musically. Each member were able to freely solo on
their instruments to the fullest.

A added bonus in this two hour concert was the setting itself inside the beautiful spacious lobby of the Brooklyn Museum. Behind the make shift stage were large glass windows revealing the lovely Eastern Parkway.
The quintet's playing was a nice contrast to the sight of pedestrians rushing out the subway onto the street. The relaxing music also fit in with the beautiful early summer afternoon. While those outside were enjoying the seasonal weather, it's too bad they didn't stop to come inside. They would of hear some great music playing. They would of also agreed with 'WBGO' radio host Ben Crocker who MC the concert proclaimed, " In all respect to Wynton, Jeremy Pelt is the baddest trumpet player in all of New York."

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