Peter Eldridge has been called “perennially classy” (JazzTimes) and ranked “in the celebrated tradition of melodic poets, most famously represented by such disparate voices as Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Steely Dan – singer/songwriters who create catchy, beautiful tunes with insightful lyrics that are both personal and universal” (allmusicguide.com). Mr. Eldridge continues to draw on his many-faceted talent as he pursues an eclectic mix of activities, including composing, performing, arranging, recording, as well as teaching (Manhattan School of Music, jazz voice faculty since 1993). He has released three solo recordings: Stranger in Town, characterized by its bittersweet swing and called the Best Jazz CD of 2001 by Boston radio station WICN; Fool No More, full of Peter’s original compositions in a sophisticated pop style, released in the same year (both on the independent label Rosebud Records); and Decorum, a 2005 release of originals. Downbeat said of his latest CD, “If musical intelligence and artistry were prompters to marketplace success, Decorum would grant him stardom. . . .strong, far-ranging voice . . .hauntingly wistful”. Peter is currently recording a Brazilian-inspired collection of originals.
Peter is also a member of the Grammy winning New York Voices, a vocal group he co-founded with Darmon Meader, which has recorded six studio albums (including A Day Like This released on MCG Jazz in September 2007), made numerous guest appearances, and has been touring internationally for almost twenty years, with appearances at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Kennedy Center, among many others. In spring 2006, Peter was invited to join Kurt Elling, Jon Hendricks, and Mark Murphy for a ‘concept concert’, the Four Brothers. He is also a member of the vocal group Moss, which combines the talents of Luciana Souza, Kate McGarry, Theo Bleckmann, and Lauren Kinhan. Moss released its debut recording on the Sunnyside label in the Spring of 2008. Peter also continues to perform with his own band in venues all over the U S and Europe. Over the years Peter has worked with a diverse number of artists, including Bobby McFerrin, the late Michael Brecker, Meredith Monk, George Benson, David Byrne, Jim Hall, Jonatha Brooke, Bill Charlap, Betty Buckley, Joshua Redman, and many others. He is regularly asked to lead master classes and workshops around the world and, when time allows, teaches privately at his home in New York City.