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Peter Brendler
June 20, 2016"Message in Motion" to be released July, 15th!I'm counting down the days till the realease of my second album for Posi-Tone records, "Message in Motion". The album picks up where "Outside the Line" left off and contains seven new original compositions as well as covers of compostions by Duke Ellington, Alice Coltrane and Elliott Smith. It features Rich Perry, Peter Evans, Vinnie Sperrazza and special guest, Ben Monder. Copies will be available here as well as Amazon, iTunes, etc.
October 6, 2015New Album and TorontoHi folks! Very excited to head into the study today for our 2nd album for Posi-Tone records. Joining me again will be Rich Perry, Peter Evans & Vinnie Sperrazza + special guest Ben Monder. Tomorrow we'll be heading up to Toronto for four concerts. Can't wait!
September 1, 2015Cornelia Street Cafe with special guest Ben Monder!Incrdibly psyched to add one of my all time favorite musicians, Ben Monder, to the quartet for a special performance this Thursday, September 3rd at Cornelia St. Cafe. Really hope you can make this one!http://corneliastreetcafe.com
June 16, 2015Thomastik-Infeld endorsement!I recently signed an exclusive endorsement with Thomastik-Infeld. I couldn't be happier as Spirocores are my absolute favorite strings and the strings I always use. They are my sound and simply the best bass stings in the world. Thank you Thomastik-Infeld!http://www.thomastik-infeld.com
May 27, 2015Cornelia St. Cafe, Tuesday, June 2nd 8:00Very much looking forward to a special quartet show this Tuesday, June 2 featuring Vinnie Sperrazza, Jon Davis and Michael Attias!http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com
March 31, 2014Advance copies of "Outside the Line" now available!The CD will be available worldwide on Apil 15th, 2014, but you can order an advance copy right here! Simply go to my discography page and click the "PayPal" option for "Outside the Line". Bargain price of $12 w/free US shipping!
March 9, 2014New CD, "Outside the Line" April 15th!

My new CD, "Outside the Line'" will be released on Positone records on April 15th.

The CD features Rich Perry on tenor, Peter Evans on trumpet and Vinnie Sperrazza on drums. It contains nine new original compostions plus three covers. We'll be

doing a CD release concert at Cornelia Street Cafe on April 15th, which also happens to be my birthday! Please stop by if you're free.

August 1st, 2013Peter Brendler/John Abercrombie Duo -Steeplechase Records!

My duo album , "The Angle Below", with guitar legend John Abercrombie will be released later this week on Steeplechase Records. The album features 10 original compositions (7 of mine as well as 3 of John's) as well as the Gordon Jenkins standard "Goodbye". This has been a long time coming, and I'm thrilled that the CD is coming out. You can find links to purchase the CD here. It's also available on iTunes as well as any brick and mortar record shops that are still standing.

We'll be doing a CD release show at the "Carengie Room" in Nyack on Friday, September 27th.

Thanks for reading!

November 26, 2012Peter Brendler Quartet

I'm really looking forward to premiering a bunch of new music with my quartet this Tuesday, Noveber 27th at the Cornelia Street Cafe. Hope to see you there!

Bassist Peter Brendler grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He began his musical studies on electric bass, but soon gravitated towards the upright bass. In addition to playing upright and electric bass, Peter also plays guitar and piano. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2001 from Berklee College of Music where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. While at Berklee, Peter was selected by the bass faculty to receive the John Neves Scholarship: a merit based scholarship awarded to an upright bassist who shows outstanding promise and commitment. During his time at Berklee, Peter performed extensively throughout the Boston area, and studied with such greats as Hal Crook, John Lockwood, and Bruno Raberg. After completing his studies in Boston, Peter relocated to New York.

Peter returned to school from 2002-2004 and earned his Masters in Music from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. While at the Manhattan School of Music, Peter studied with famed bassist, Jay Anderson, as well as other musical luminaries such as Dave Liebman, Garry Dial, and Phil Markowitz. Peter balanced his academic work with an increasingly demanding performing and recording schedule. In the fifteen years that Peter has been in New York, he has made numerous sideman appearances on various recordings of all styles. He has also performed at several world famous venues in New York, and throughout the country including The Blue Note, Birdland, Smalls Jazz Club, The Jazz Standard, Sweet Rhythm, The Kennedy Center and the 55 Bar. Peter has also perfromed throughout Europe and in Russia. He has performed and/or recorded with artists such as John Abercrombie, Rich Perry, Victor Lewis, Barry Altschul, Darren Barrett, Jeff Hirshfield, Frank Kimbrough and Jon Irabagon. Peter also maintains an active career performing and recording on electric bass. In addition to his sideman credits, Peter has also record three albums as a leader/co-leader: "The Angle Below" (Steeplechase), "Outside the Line" (Posi-Tone), and the soon to be released "Message in Motion" (Posi-Tone).
Peter Brendler Quartet
Outside the Line

Peter Brendler & John Abercrombie
The Angle Below

Tom Tallitsch
All Together Now

Tom Tallitsch

Tom Tallitsch

Daniel Bennett Group
Daniel Bennet

Jon Irabagon Trio Featuring Barry Altschul

The Josh Levinson Sextet

The Mike Cohen Quintet
Open Window

The Jason Gaines Group

The Andrew Neff Quartet

I first encountered the savvy of Peter Brendler’s bass when sizing up Jon Irabagon’s wild, seventy-eight minute improvisation ride, Foxy (2010). As the guy placed in between Irabagon’s sax and Barry Altschul’s drums, they wouldn’t have been able to pull this off if not for Brendler’s heroics keeping the tune firmly centered while the other two took endless excursions outside of it.

Brendler’s got a lot of other noteworthy sideman appearances (including an album co-led with guitar legend John Abercrombie just last year), but not nearly enough as the sole leader, because his debut Outside the Line(April 15, 2104, Posi-Tone Records) brings forward the daring and elasticity found in much of his session work. That, and some imaginative composing/interpretations to boot.

For his first album, the bassist goes without a piano, guitar or any other chordal instrument, creating more space that his bass can occupy. He’s put a tenor sax (Rich Perry) and trumpet (Peter Evans) in front of him and Vinnie Sperrazza’s drums alongside his acoustic bass.

Outside the Line implies “outside jazz,” but aside from the relatively brief free jazz exercise “Openhanded,” the album doesn’t explicitly venture into the abyss for more than a segment within a song (such as, the fantastic, well-attuned four-way improvisation found on “Indelible Mark”). This isn’t to state that there aren’t chances being taken all over the LP, because there’s plenty of that going on.

It gets going right away with a succinct, impish rendering of Chet Baker’s “Freeway.” Evans is on a muted trumpet playing a high-pitched contrast to Perry’s tenor. Both seem to be keenly aware that they have a short time to make an impression and make the most of it, with great back and forth between the two. Brendler’s got the underlying harmony locked down so well you don’t even notice the missing piano, and that’s how it goes for the rest of the record.

Brendler’s original “Lawn Darts” is in the classic style bop theme but it wobbles and yet never falls down. The rhythm section vacillates effortlessly between blues walk and swing, giving the horns a shifting platform to operate on, and they respond vigorously to the challenge. Brendler often comes up with bass figures that set the groundwork for the development of a song, and “Drop The Mittens” is one a tune built on his funky repeating figure. Sperrazza’s rhythm is festive even as the song is in a dark key. Well into the performance, Brendler unexpectedly switches over to a new figure to signal the changing of the soloing duties from Perry to Evans and the song slows down for a coda composed of yet another motif.

“Una Mas Bonita” is an Ornette Coleman cover that Brendler introduces on his own, setting down the guideposts for the horn players. Just as Evans takes over for Perry, the song is off to the races and the trumpeters tears off lightning fast runs until the song returns its unhurried pace. Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side” has that iconic blues vamp that is so jazzy, it makes you wonder why this song isn’t covered more by the jazz community. Evans undertakes a vulnerable lyrical lead, and Perry harmonizes with Brendler until it’s time for him to play his more soulful solo.

By at once going inside and outside, as well as respecting tradition and racing toward the frontier, Peter Brendler makes his long overdue first album well worth waiting for.S. Victor AaronSomething Else Reviews
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One of the most impressive features of The Angle Below is the way in which the interplay between Brendler and Abercrombie develops within each tune. There are unison passages but for the most part the two musicians work as a lead and rhythm duo. While that might suggest a traditional partnership with the guitar taking on the melody and the bass establishing a rhythmic foundation this collaboration finds both men moving between the two. Abercrombie's "Jazz Folk" is an especially fine example of this interplay, but it's a common motif across the album. The switches between roles are achieved so smoothly that it takes a few seconds to realize that they've happened, a testament to the relationship that the players have on this beautifully-recorded and rewarding album.Bruce LindsayAll About Jazz
Peter Brendler’s recent projects include an austere collection of duets with guitarist John Abercrombie and a couple of wild and wooly albums with intrepid saxophonist Jon Irabagon. That broad spectrum made it difficult to guess how the young bassist would shape his debut as a bandleader. Outside the Line answers the question with a two-horn quartet sans piano or guitar.

Normally it’s bad news for a leader-composer when the covers are all better than the originals. But here it is less a problem with the new material and more the virtue of Brendler’s shrewd choices and the quartet’s inspired renditions. Chet Baker’s “Freeway,” most notably performed with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, was one of the more frenetic songs in the cool-jazz school, and Brendler’s similarly instrumented group embarks on a spirited ride with tenor saxophonist Rich Perry and trumpeter Peter Evans pushing the pace both solo and in tandem. The moment you hear Brendler plunk out the iconic bassline of Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” against the brushed shuffle-beats from drummer Vinnie Sperrazza, you wonder why the piece isn’t a jazz standard by now. Evans and Perry both take pleasant rubato turns with the melody and refrain. Last but never least is the foursquare boldness of Ornette Coleman’s “Una Muy Bonita,” with the strutting horns and strumming rhythm section at high alert on parallel planes.

Brendler’s nine originals provide a fair bit of variety against the challenge of writing for a chordless ensemble. They range from the vintage, Bird-esque bebop of “Pharmacology” to the splayed semi-free improvisations comprising “Openhanded.” In the end, Outside the Line may not be as daring as its title implies, but there is a hunger and diligence that keeps the music taut.Britt RobsonJazzTimes
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...But leadership skills are not a function of age or, frankly, experience; instead a musician either has that balanced mix of assertiveness and trust or they don’t. A bit of outside-the-box thinking doesn’t hurt either. For the quartet he presented at Cornelia Street Café (Mar. 7th), bassist Peter Brendler’s masterstroke was his choice of frontline: trumpeter Peter Evans and saxophonist Rich Perry are both hot stuff in their respective ‘worlds’ but also versatile and responsive, the former a piquant foil to the latter’s creamier playing. But it’s not enough to bring people together. Brendler also wrote all the tunes, a heady mix of bop, whether the be-, post- or free varieties, delivered with a looseness resulting from a nice hookup with drummer Vinnie Sperrazza.Andrey HenkinNew York City Jazz Record
Bassist Peter Brendler is the album's unsung hero; without his subtly shifting bass lines anchoring the sound, and navigating the changes in tempo and rhythm, the performance would never scale the heights it does. It's Brendler, in particular, who makes "Unorthodoxy" swing.Bruce Lindsay,All About Jazz

Upcoming Performances

Saturday, July 16, 2016
"Message in Motion" Album Release Concert!
The Cornelia Street Cafe
Peter Brendler-Bass and Compositions
RIch Perry-Tenor
Ben Monder-Guitar
Vinnie Sperrazza-Drums


Past Performances

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Trio w/Jon Davis and Mark Ferber
The Django
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Toronto Quartet Shows
The Rex
Toronto, ON M5V 1Z1, Canada
Friday, October 9, 2015
Toronto Quartet Shows
University of Toronto
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Toronto Quartet Shows
Array Music
Toronto, ON M6J 3W3, Canada
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Toronto Quartet Shows
Humber University
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Peter Brendler Quartet
Cornelia St. Cafe
w/Special guest Ben Monder-guitar
Rich Perry-tenor
Vinnie Sperrazza-drums

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Peter Brendler/Vinnie Sperrazza Quartet
Cornelia Street Cafe
featuring Jon Davis (piano) and Michael Attias (sax)
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Peter Brendler Quartet (w/Rich Perry, Peter Evans and Vinnie Sperrazza)
Whynot Jazz Room
New York, NY
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Peter Brendler Quartet
Queens Jazz Fest at Flushing Town Hall
Flushing, NY 11354
w/Jon Irabagon, Josh Deutsch and Vinnie Sperrazza
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
"Outside the Line" CD release show!
Cornelia Street Cafe
New York, NY 10014
Featuring Rich Perry-tenor, Peter Evans-trumpet and Vinnie Sperrazza-drums
September 27, 2013
Peter Brendler/John Abercrombie Duo-CD release!
The Carnegie Room
Nyack, NY
August 30, 2013
Jon Irabagon Trio
The Bar Next Door
w/Jon Irabagon-sax & Tom Rainey-drums
August 1, 2013
John Arrucci Quartet
City Center Concert Series
White Plains, NY
w/Luke Franco-guitar, John Arruci-drums, Marc Mommaas-sax
December 1, 2012
Ayana Lowe Group
55 bar
November 29, 2012
Dan Willis Group
Dan Willis-Sax w/Pete McCann-guitar, Ron Oswanski-piano, Peter Brendler-bass and John Mettam-drums
November 28, 2012
Nate Birkey Quartet
55 Bar
Nate Birkey Trumpet w/Jim Ridl-keys, Peter Brendler-bass and Ignacio Berroa-drums
November 27, 2012
Peter Brendler Quartet
Cornlia Street Cafe
w/Peter Evans (tpt), Rich Perry (ts) and Vinnie Sperrazza (dms)
October 13, 2012
Jon Irabagon Trio
La Lanterna-Bar Next Door
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October 11, 2012
Liam Sillery Group
Somethin' Jazz
September 17, 2012
The Stablehouse
Seth Trachy Group
Brooklyn, NY
September 15, 2012
Tom Tallitsch Group
September 12, 2012
The John Mcneil/Mike Fahie Group
The Tea Lounge
Brooklyn, NY
Thursday, April 5th, 2012
The Tony "Thunder" Smith Group
Berklee Perfromance Center
Boston, MA
Thursday, January 20th, 2011
The Mahavishnu Project
The Iridium
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
Nate Smith Group
Cornelia Street Cafe
Thursday, December 30th, 2010
w/Adam Kromelow, Jon Irabagon & Gregg Bendian
The Willmette Library
Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
w/Adam Kromelow, Jon Irabagon & Gregg Bendian
The Skokie Theater
Skokie, IL
Monday, December 27th, 2010
w/Reb Beach of Warrant!
The Iridium
Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
Guillaume Laurent
Jules Bistro
Monday, December 20th, 2010
Jon Irabagon Trio
University Of The Streets
Monday, December 19th, 2010
The Ben Cliness Trio
The Garage
Wednesday. December 18th, 2010
Tom Tallitsch QuartetCafe Vivaldi
Caffe Vivaldi
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
Guillaume Laurent Trio
Jules Bistro
Friday, December 12th, 2010
Guillaume Laurent Trio
Jules Bistro
Thursday, December 9th, 2010
Omar Haddad Trio
The Shrine
Sunday, October 31st, 2010
Jack Donahue Group
The Blue Note
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
Josh Deutsch Group
The University Of The Streets
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
Christian Coleman Trio
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
w/Adam Cromelow, Jon Irabagon & Gregg Bendian
Cafe Vivaldi
Saturday, October 4th, 2010
The Mahavishnu Project
Rockn Joe
Kendall Park, NJ
Thursday, September 16th, 2010
The Mahavishnu Project
The Reggatabar
Cambridge, MA
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
The Jon Irabagon Trio
Cornelia Street Cafe
New York, NY
with Jon Irabagon-tenor & Barry Altschul-drums
Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
Amanda Monaco Quartet
The Gantries
Friday, August 13th, 2010
with The Jon Irabagon Group
Fat Cat
New York, NY
with Jon Irabagon-saxophones, tba-piano & Jeff Hirshfield-drums
Saturday, July 31st, 2010
Collective Language
The Bean Runner
Peekskill, NY
Friday, July 30th, 2010
Collective Language
The Hawaiian Tropic Zone
with Jon Irabagon-saxophones, Gregg Bendian-drums and Zach Brock-violin
Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
The Peter Brendler Trio
Cornelia St. Café
New York, NY
featuring Rich Perry-tenor & Jeff Davis-drums
Friday, July 9th, 2010
Hadar Orshalimy
The Bitter End
New York, NY
Monday, July 5th, 2010
The Ben Cliness Quartet
The Garage
Sunday, June 20th, 2010
with The Mahavishnu Project
The Keswick Theatre
Glenside, PA
with Glenn Alexander guitar, Zach Brock-violin, Neil Alexander-keyboards & Gregg Bendian-drums


Thursday, January 6th, 2010
w/Adam Kromelow, Jon Irabagon & Gregg Bendian
The Iridium
Friday, October 30th, 2009
with The Jon Irabagon Group
The Kennedy Center
Washington D.C.
with Jon Irabagon-saxophones, Frank Kimbrough-piano & Victor Lewis-drums
Sunday, July 27th, 2008
with The John Abercrombie Trio
Riverspace Café
Nyack, NY
with John Abercrombie-guitar & Bob Meyer-drums

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Peter Brendler Quartet
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Peter Brendler - Drop The Mittens (Live at Cornelia Street Cafe-4/15/14) - YouTube
http://www.peterbrendler.com/ Rich Perry-Tenor Peter Evans-Trumpet Peter Brendler-Bass Vinnie Sperrazza-Drums
Peter Brendler - Lawn Darts (Live At Cornelia Street Cafe-4/15/14) - YouTube
http://www.peterbrendler.com/ Rich Perry-Tenor Peter Evans-Trumpet Peter Brendler-Bass Vinnie Sperrazza-Drums
Peter Brendler - Freeway (Live at Cornelia Street Cafe-4/15/14) - YouTube
http://www.peterbrendler.com Rich Perry-Tenor Peter Evans-Trumpet Peter Brendler-Bass Vinnie Sperrazza-Drums
Peter Brendler - Golden Ring (Live at Cornelia Street Cafe-4/15/14) - YouTube
http://www.peterbrendler.com/ Rich Perry-Tenor Peter Evans-Trumpet Peter Brendler-Bass Vinnie Sperrazza-Drums
Peter Brendler - Blackout Reunion (Live at Cornelia Street Cafe-4/15/14) - YouTube
http://www.peterbrendler.com/ Rich Perry-Tenor Peter Evans-Trumpet Peter Brendler-Bass Vinnie Sperrazza-Trumpet

As a Leader

The Peter Brendler Quartet

My regular quartet for several years. We mostly perform my original compositions . The band features Rich Perry (saxophone), Peter Evans (trumpet ) Vinnie Sperrazza (drums), and lately, Ben Monder (guitar).

The Peter Brendler/John Abercrombie Duo

Look for the new album on Steeplechase Records in September of 2013!

As a Sideman

The Jon Irabagon Group

Jon’s straight aheadish group w/a rotating cast of pianists and drummers.

The John Abercrombie Trio

John Abercrombie-guitar, Peter Brendler-acoustic bass & Bob Meyer-drums

The Tom Tallitsch Group

Paul Chambers -"Almost Like Being in Love" (solo)Red Garland-"Red Garland's Piano"click here to download
Paul Chambers-"Blackout" (solo)Red Garland-"Can't See For Lookin"click here to download
Paul Chambers-"But Not For Me" (solo)Red Garland-"Red Garland's Piano"click here to download
Paul Chambers-"C Jam Blues" (solo)Red Garland-"Groovy"click here to download
Paul Chambers-"Chasin' The Bird"Paul Chambers-"Bass on Top"click here to download
Paul Chambers-"I Can't Give You Anything But Love"Red Garland-"Red Garland's Piano"click here to download