There’s a lot to talk about in the world of 20-year-old pop/jazz recording artist (and Concord Records’ prized possession) Peter Cincotti.
The jazz pianist-vocalist, who this past April nabbed the No. 1 spot on Billboard‘s jazz chart with his self-titled debut, is looking to continue his success by completing a rite of passage for all jazz singers on the rise: singing at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (OK, it might be a little-known tradition….)
Standing on a Lego float (really) on Thursday, November 27, Cincotti will perform his own special rendition of the standard “My Favorite Things.” The parade begins at 9 a.m., but if you’re not in New York City or if you don’t want to fight the crowds you can easily see it on NBC while sitting on the couch in your underwear.
Also on hand to perform will be pop stars Aaron Carter, Hilary Duff, Mya, Chicago, Kool & the Gang, and, who else, American Idol’s Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard. (You know, it’s nice to see Ruben finally getting some shine. And he deserves it too, considering he freaking won.)
Anyway, back to our handsome jazz-boy, Harry, I mean Peter Cinconnick-guh I mean Cincotti, Peter Cincotti. (Just kidding, folks.)
The busy Columbia University sophomore is also scheduled to make his big-screen debut in 2004 as he is currently filming Beyond the Sea, the forthcoming biopic chronicling the life of Bobby Darin starring big-time players Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Vanessa Redgrave, Bob Hoskins and John Goodman. Cincotti will portray Dick Behrki, Darin’s close friend and arranger during the early part of his fabled career. The film, directed by Spacey, is being shot in Berlin, Germany.
But get this: Beyond the Sea won’t be the only time you’ll be seeing Cincotti on the silver screen. Word around the block is he’ll be appearing in next summer’s blockbusting sequel Spider-Man II. No official word yet on what his role will be, as the studio is keeping very tight-lipped on the proceedings. However, Cincotti’s publicist confirmed that he filmed two scenes back in June of this year. Spider-Man II will open in July 2004.
Back on the music front, Cincotti is also getting into the holiday spirit; he and producer extraordinaire Phil Ramone recently hit the studio to record an original seasonal song, “My Favorite Time of the Year” as well as “My Favorite Things.” Those tunes will be included as a bonus CD with his debut album if you’ve waited until the holiday season to buy it.
And it doesn’t stop there:
Cincotti will hit the road for a string of dates starting in November. The tour will carry the young prodigy through March 2004 and will include his debut at Lincoln Center. Here are the dates through early February:
11/22/2003 • 4th & B Theater • San Diego, CA
11/23/2003 • Annenberg Center • Palm Springs, CA
11/24/2003 • University of California • Santa Barbara, CA
11/29/2003 • Kravis Center • Palm Beach, FL
12/19/2003 • Roger Berlind Theater • Princeton, NJ
12/20/2003 • Roger Berlind Theater • Princeton, NJ
12/26/2003 • Sheldon Concert Hall • St. Louis, MO
12/27/2003 • Gothic Theater • Englewood , CO
12/28/2003 • Wheeler Opera House • Aspen, CO
12/29/2003 • Sheridan Opera House • Telluride, CO
12/30/2003 • Vilar Center for the Arts • Beaver Creek, CO
01/23/2004 • Folly Theater • Kansas City , MO
01/24/2004 • Walton Arts Center • Fayetteville, AR
01/25/2004 • De Soto Theater • South Haven, MS
01/26/2004 • Riverside Theater • Vero Beach , FL
01/27/2004 • Ruth Eckerd Hall • Clearwater, FL
01/28/2004 • Van Wezel Auditorium • Sarasota, FL
01/30/2004 • Florida Theater • Jacksonville , FL
01/31/2004 • Greensville PAC • Emporia, VA
02/02/2004 • Lincoln Center • New York , NY
02/03/2004 • Lincoln Center • New York , NY
02/05/2004 • Victoria Theater • Newark, NJ
Cincotti is also scheduled to be heading into the studio this January to begin work on his sophomore album. According to his publicist, the goal is to have the CD released in the middle of June 2004. Phil Ramone will once again helm the sessions as he and Cincotti have forged a great working relationship over the past year.
For more information on Peter Cincotti visit his Web site, http://www.concordrecords.com/petercincotti.