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  • PETER CINCOTTI BRINGS YOUTHFUL APPROACH TO POP AND JAZZ CLASSICS IN CONCERT AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
  • Mar. 4, 2005

  • Performance Concludes the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association's 2004/2005 Songbook Series

    FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2005, at 8 PM

    Media support provided by Oldies 540/1260

    Singer/pianist Peter Cincotti creates The New American Standard with a performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday, March 4, at 8 p.m. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association presents the 21-year old pianist/singer/songwriter as part of its Songbook Series, which was introduced this season. With Cincotti on vocals and piano, and band members Mark McLean (drums), Scott Kreitzer (tenor sax), and Barak Mori (bass), the group brings a fresh interpretation to classic pop and jazz standards, as well as highlighting a number of original works from Cincotti's latest release, On the Moon.

    Cincotti's star is on the rise. Last year, he reached #1 on the Billboard traditional jazz charts with his highly acclaimed self-titled debut album, becoming the youngest solo artist to do so. He followed that success with On the Moon and proved his boundless talent as a songwriter penning a number of original works for the album. Other recent performing activities include a cameo appearance in Spider-Man 2 and an acting debut as arranger Dick Behrke in Kevin Spacey's Beyond the Sea biopic about the late Bobby Darin, and a performance on a recent episode of ABC TV's The Bachelorette.

    The three-concert Songbook series, presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association to celebrate the art of song, began earlier in the season with performances by legendary Broadway star Barbara Cook and Canadian singer-songwriter k.d. lang.

    PETER CINCOTTI, the 21-year-old singer, pianist, composer and arranger, became one of the hottest pop and jazz sensations to hit the scene in 2003, when his self-titled, critically acclaimed debut CD hit the top of the Billboard charts. Concord Records has just released his highly anticipated second CD On The Moon. Reunited with Grammy winner Phil Ramone, who produced the singer-pianist's chart topping debut album, Cincotti puts a contemporary, unique and undeniably infectious twist on such classic pop and jazz standards as "I Love Paris," "St. Louis Blues" and "Some Kind of Wonderful," as well as his own originals, including "On The Moon" and "I'd Rather Be With You." Concert dates have included appearances with Ray Charles at the Montreal Jazz Festival, k.d. lang at the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival, The Detroit Jazz Festival, The Monterey Jazz Festival, the London Jazz Festival and the JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall. Cincotti recently sold out the 2500 seat Grand Rex in Paris, where he received his first gold record in France. Cincotti has performed in clubs and concert halls throughout Europe, and his talent and ability to captivate an audience has been recognized in places as far away as Tokyo. Peter made his cinematic debut in Spider-Man 2, and had a role in the Lion's Gate film Beyond the Sea, based on the life of Bobby Darin. Peter started tinkering with a toy piano his grandmother gave him at an early age. By the age of nine he was composing and in his mid-teens, took up singing. Peter soon became a quadruple threat: pianist, singer, composer, and arranger. While still in high school, Peter played in jazz clubs throughout Manhattan, participated in the National Grammy Band, was honored in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and was invited to perform at the White House. He also won a coveted award at the Montreux 2000 Jazz Festival in Switzerland for his piano rendition of Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia."

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    FRIDAY, MARCH 4 AT 8 PM

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    Peter Cincotti

    The New American Standard

    Media support provided by Oldies 540/1260

    Tickets ($26 - $84) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office, online at LAPhil.com, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For all information, please call 323.850.2000.

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