Peter Eldridge

Peter Eldridge has been characterized by JazzTimes as “a superb musical alchemist” who “synthesizes modern jazz with not only pop but also R&B and Latin music.” A member of Manhattan School of Music’s jazz voice faculty since 1993, Mr. Eldridge pursues an eclectic mix of activities, including composing, performing, arranging, and recording. He has released four solo recordings: Stranger in Town, called the Best Jazz CD of 2001 by Boston radio station WICN; Fool No More; Decorum; and the Latin-inspired Mad Heaven, released in 2011 on Palmetto Records. Jazz Review wrote, “Mad Heaven showcases Eldridge as a major player in vocal jazz, an artist of extraordinary depth and conviction.”

Peter Eldridge is a co-founding member of the double-Grammy winning New York Voices, which has recorded seven studio albums and toured internationally for two decades. Among his compositions that other artists have recorded are “Minds of Their Own,” written with Brazilian composer-performer Ivan Lins and included on Nancy Wilson’s R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal), which won the 2004 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album; “Difficult,” recorded by Paquito D’Rivera; and “Surrender,” which Jane Monheit—one of Mr. Eldridge’s many talented former students—featured as the title track on her acclaimed 2007 CD.

A member of the vocal group Moss, with Luciana Souza, Kate McGarry, Theo Bleckmann, and Lauren Kinhan, whose debut album was named one of the best CDs of the past decade by Downbeat, Peter Eldridge has also worked with Bobby McFerrin, Michael Brecker, Meredith Monk, Fred Hersch, George Benson, Kenny Werner, David Byrne, Jim Hall, Larry Goldings, the Roches, Jonatha Brooke, Bill Charlap, Betty Buckley, and Joshua Redman, among many others, and recently began a new duo with bassist Matt Aronoff called Foolish Hearts. He leads master classes and workshops around the world, and as guest conductor has directed All State groups including New York, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.