Bernard Peiffer

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Bernard Peiffer (born October 23, 1922 in Epinal , † September 7, 1976 in Philadelphia ) was a French jazz pianist and composer of modern jazz .

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Peiffer studied in Marseille and Paris ; from 1943 he worked as a professional musician a. a. with Django Reinhardt , Hubert Rostaing and in 1947 with Rex Stewart . In 1946 a 78 was created for the Swing label ( “The Good Old Fats” ). During this time he also had his own trio with Pierre Michelot and played with James Moody . In 1949 he appeared in the backing band of Hot Lips Page at the Paris Festival International 1949 de Jazz , together with bassist Roger Paraboschi and Jean Bouchety . In 1952 he played in a duo with Jean-Louis Viale at the Club Le Boeuf sur le Toit ; In 1954 he had a formation, Bernard Peiffer and his St. Germain des Pres Orchestra with Roger Guérin and Bobby Jaspar , with whom he recorded an album for the Blue Star label. He also worked with Zoot Sims / Henri Renaud with Sacha Distel and with André Hodeir & his Jazz Group de Paris .

In 1954 he moved to the United States, where he appeared as a soloist and in a duo with George Duvivier in clubs and on college tours. He recorded several albums under his own name and made guest appearances at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 1962 and at European festivals in 1966; from 1968 he worked mainly as a film composer and teacher, among others for Sumi Tonooka . Due to illness he had to restrict his performances; In 1975 he was a guest at the Newport Jazz Festival , which took place in New York. In 1976 Peiffer succumbed to kidney disease.

After Martin Kunzler , Peiffer processed influences from Art Tatum , Oscar Peterson and Bud Powell ; In pieces such as "Prelude, Fugue and Trio" on George Shearing's " Lullaby of Birdland ", he combined these influences with elements of the classical European piano tradition "without endangering the springy swing of his playing."

Selection discography

  • Jazz in St. Germain de Pres (EmArCy)
  • Bernard Peiffer and his St. Germain des Pres Orchestra (Blue Star; Fresh Sound Records , 1954)
  • André Hodeir: The Vogue Sessions (Vogue, 1954)
  • Zoot Sims & Henri Renaud (EmArcy, 1953)
  • Bernies's Tunes (Emarcy, 1956) with Joe Puma , Oscar Pettiford , Ed Thigpen
  • Formidable (Manege Music, 1970–76) solo


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