Resonance Records announces a performance date for Romanian pianist Marian Petrescu and Swedish guitarist Andreas Oberg, at the 2010 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival on Friday, June 11. The dynamic duo performs in support of their respective new Resonance Records releases, Thrivin': Live at the Jazz Standard and Six String Evolution (both available on May 11).
Thrivin': Live at the Jazz Standard, which was recorded in June of 2009, features a buoyant blend of standards culled from the Jazz and Great American songbooks and showcases Petrescu performing in the tradition and spirit of legendary pianist Oscar Peterson.
When I was eight years-old, I heard Oscar Peterson on TV," Petrescu says. I was so impressed, and at once I knew: This is what I want. This is what I will try to do. And I had to try very hard, because Oscar had that unbelievable musical level. It was not only his incredible technique, but the way he thought and handled this beautiful instrument."
It's obvious from Petrescu's impassioned playing on his 2009 Grammy-winning Resonance Records debut, Resonance Big Band Pays Tribute to Oscar Peterson and his latest release, that the late jazz piano giant made an indelible impression on him. Peterson's spirited swing is very much an integral part of Petrescu's playing.
Oberg (pictured at left) lends his breathtaking technical facilities and consistently inventive melodic/harmonic sensibilities on Thrivin': Live at the Jazz Standard. The musical partnership between Oberg and Petrescu embrace and run parallel to the classic Joe Pass-Oscar Peterson collaborations. Oberg's characteristics are also apparent on his new release Six String Evolution, which features John Pattitucci, Dave Kikoski, Lewis Nash.
Throughout his career, Petrescu has played with artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Toots Thielemans, Al Jarreau, Didier Lockwood, Jon Larsen, Tony Williams, and Ray Charles.
Aside from Oberg's projects as a leader, he has performed with diverse artists as: Les Paul, Toots Thielemans, Jimmy Rosenberg, Bucky Pizzarelli, Joey DeFrancesco, Terell Stafford, John Pizzarelli, DJ QBERT, Harvey Mason, Andre Ceccarelli, Billy Kilson and Hank Jones, among others.
Marian Petrescu and Andreas Oberg
Friday, June 11, Sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
Performance at Lutheran Church of the Reformation
MARIAN PETRESCU - THRIVIN': LIVE AT THE JAZZ STANDARD
Resonance Records RCD-1014 / May 11, 2010
ANDREAS OBERG - SIX STRING EVOLUTION
Resonance Records RCD-1015 / May 11, 2010