9 Songs, 1 Hour, 2 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A premier spot to hear jazz duos play at their highest level, West Village club Mezzrow is just the place to feature pianist Tardo Hammer with seasoned first-call bassist Peter Washington. The two come at these songs from every angle in a gripping set. Hammer meets the awesome demands of the jazz piano lineage while revealing an individual voice, bringing an effortless swing and inventiveness to tunes as common as “Star Eyes” and “It Could Happen to You.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

A premier spot to hear jazz duos play at their highest level, West Village club Mezzrow is just the place to feature pianist Tardo Hammer with seasoned first-call bassist Peter Washington. The two come at these songs from every angle in a gripping set. Hammer meets the awesome demands of the jazz piano lineage while revealing an individual voice, bringing an effortless swing and inventiveness to tunes as common as “Star Eyes” and “It Could Happen to You.”

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About Tardo Hammer

New York pianist Tardo Hammer is an adroit jazz musician with a bent toward sophisticated post-bop. Born in Queens in 1958, Hammer first began playing piano around age five. Although he also spent time learning clarinet and guitar, by his teens he was a dedicated pianist. In 1977, Hammer moved to Chelsea in Manhattan and began playing locally, drawing inspiration from such jazz legends as Barry Harris, Cedar Walton, Tommy Flanagan, and others. During the '80s, he often worked as a sideman, performing with artists like Lou Donaldson, Art Farmer, Lionel Hampton, and Johnny Griffin. He developed further as a leader in the '90s, touring with his own trio in Europe and Japan and backing artists like Abbey Lincoln, Conte Candoli, Annie Ross, and more. As a solo artist, Hammer debuted with Bopera House (1988), followed by Hammer Time (1999). Eventually settling back in New York, Hammer's recording output increased with several albums on Sharp Nine, including Somethin' Special (2001), Tardo's Tempo (2004), and Look Stop and Listen: The Music of Tadd Dameron (2007). In 2013, Hammer delivered Simple Pleasure on the Cellar Live label. Two years later, he joined cornet player Warren Vaché's quintet for Remembers Benny Carter. ~ Matt Collar

  • ORIGIN
    Queens, New York, NY
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • BORN
    1958

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