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Jeremy Pelt Strengthens His Commitment

Electric or acoustic, the trumpeter’s artistic vision is steadfast

Jeremy Pelt and band at Washington, D.C.'s Bohemian Caverns, Feb. 2013
Dwayne Burno, Danny Grissett, Jeremy Pelt, Gerald Cleaver and JD Allen, 2009
Jeremy Pelt

Jeremy Pelt’s new quintet is different. You can see it. The 36-year-old trumpeter is known for his stylish way with business attire, usually taking the bandstand in a crisp suit and fedora. His prior bandmates-certainly the acclaimed acoustic quintet he recently disbanded-also tended to dress with sartorial elegance.

By contrast, Pelt’s electric quintet, which occupies the bandstand at Washington, D.C.’s Bohemian Caverns on this night in late February, has a more casual vibe. All of the musicians wear jeans, Pelt complementing his with a sweater vest and pinstriped gray sport jacket. Add in his black thick-rimmed glasses and he looks less strutting high-roller and more relaxed professor.

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