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EARSHOT JAZZ Live Review July 2010 PART 1
Dave Peck Trio
Monday, June 14, Jazz Alley
by Peter Walton

Dave Peck’s warm, melancholic music is one of the great pleasures of Seattle jazz. Concluding a short tour in support of his trio’s latest release, Modern Romance, the Dave Peck Trio came home to Jazz Alley, where the burly pianist has played since its opening some 31 years ago. An Oregon native, Peck moved to Seattle in 1978 and earned a teaching position at Cornish College. Peck developed key associations with vocalist Ernestine Anderson and saxophonist Bud Shank, and also represented the Seattle jazz community as the house pianist at Jazz Alley and the defunct Parnell’s, supporting visiting stars such as Sonny Stitt and Chet Baker. Waning gig opportunities forced Peck to explore other interests, and he returned to school to study physics, while also writing science fiction. After being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 1995, Peck refocused his life on music and, with the help of his wife Jane, formed his own label Let’s Play Stella in 1998. Now in his mid-50s, Peck performs only intermittently. His dominant interest remains the piano trio, and he has done much to explore the possibilities of the format. Three years ago on the same Jazz Alley stage, the Dave Peck Trio with Joe La Barbera (drums) and Jeff Johnson (bass) cut the performances that would compose the lovely Modern Romance. This performance, then, both celebrated its release and marked the band’s growth from it.
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