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About Peg Delaney

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Peg Delaney plays sophisticated piano jazz, drawing from American, Latin and Brazilian idioms. She gained experience on piano by leading her own combos, accompanying many jazz vocalists, started the group Jazz Voices, a vocal group singing harmony parts with her own arrangements and some borrowed from Lambert, Hendricks and Ross and the Hi-Lo's. Her desire to learn more about improvisation led her to transcribe several solos by saxophonist Nick Brignola. This project became a book which is sold internationally through Jamey Aebersold and Dorn Publication, as well as local music stores and portions have appeared in the Saxophone Journal. It is on the New York State Music Teachers Association adjudication list and is recognized by the National Jazz Educators Association. She has been the accompanist for vocal workshops led by Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton and worked with horn players Nick Brignola, Jim Hines, Leo Russo and many more from the tri-cities area. Joining the Marlowe Big Band of the Northeast in 1994, she was able the write charts of her own compositions for a 20 piece band. She has three recordings under her name, The Island Suite (1993), If I had You (2002) with Bill Delaney, bass and Earl Davis, vocals and drums, and Hotline (2004) with a quartet, featuring the guitarist Cary DeNigris, who is a regular with Chico Hamilton, her nephew Gregg August on bass (with JD Allen, Arturo O'Farrill, Ray Vegas) and Mike DeMarco, on drums. These recordings are all available by visiting her website, www.pegdelaney.com, cdbaby.com, amazon.com or iTunes.
She has been a two-time recipient of the New York State Council for the Arts Meet the Composer Award and was a semifinalist in the Musician Magazine Best Unsigned Band Competition for her recording The Island Suite (1993). She recorded as a sideman on Joe Finn's Straight Ahead (1992) and Josh Greenberg's Mother Goose Jazz Band Go with the Flow (1994), a band that performed at the IAJE convention in NYC. She was awarded the Swingtime Lifetime Achievement Award as pianist and educator and taught class study of jazz piano and private jazz piano lessons at Saratoga’s Skidmore College in the fall of ‘05.

Peg Delaney joined the JazzTimes community on May 02, 2011