Don Peretz
 | Independent Artist


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Evans sound, quality, and versatility allow me to get any tone I'm looking for in any musical context.

An Evans Drumheads player since 2000.

Born and raised in Southern California, Don's music education started at Hamilton High School Academy of Music. Post graduation Don went on to study philosophy and instrument performance at the University of Southern California, while studying under the tutelage of Jeff Hamilton and the legendary Joe Porcaro. After a move to New York in the late 1990s Don attended and received his BM from the Manhattan School of Music where he continued his instrument study with John Riley. Since living in New York he has spanned several music scenes, from the progressive jazz movement to session work covering everything from avant-garde to commercial recordings. He has performed at such iconic New York venues as the Village Vanguard, 55 Bar, Smalls, and The Knitting Factory with artists such as Russell Ferrante, Dave Binney, Bob Mintzer, Donny Mccaslin, and Oz Noy. Tours include Europe and North America; playing in such Festivals as The Oslo Jazz Fest, Prague Jazz Festival, and the International Association of Jazz Educators Conventions. As a session musician in New York City Don can be found covering anything from commercial recording sessions, creative tracking, as well as playing on New York's hit Broadway shows (The Producers, Wicked, Chicago, Million Dollar Quartet, Mary Poppins, The People In The Picture, Pal Joey, Soul Doctor, Beautiful- The Carole King Musical). In 2003 Don released his first LP as a leader, Foremen on the Freshsound Label. Foremen is an acoustic jazz quartet setting that pushes the parameters of form and improvisation. The group toured the US and Europe during the years of 2002-2004. In 2010 Don's foray into the electronic experiment commenced with AMbean. Released on the Deepdig Label this records features John Roggie, and Oz Noy. March 2011 saw the release of And Again on the Deepdig Label. Back into a jazz acoustic trio setting, this LP feature bassist Drew Gress and trumpeter Nathan Eklund. With compositional and improvisational contributions from all three members, And Again is saturated with a progressive yet melodic tone. 2012 brings the release of two projects, both on the Deepdig Label- STIL is Don's electronica drenched recording project that draws from live improvisation and live analog instruments- fused with digital synths and electronica textures. Don’s latest EP Manufactured Regions is a duo improvisational project with guitarist Oz Noy that incorporates electronic programming, industrial textures, and live improvisation. Along with performing, arts education is a big part of Don's career, as he maintains a teaching studio in New York/New Jersey, as well as clinics and masterclasses internationally.

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