By John Motacki
Peter and Will Anderson are up-and-coming twin brother jazz musicians. They have been playing jazz since they were small. Today, they play together all over the world.
Their next stop is New Jersey. The duo will be playing an upcoming show to kick off their northeast tour at the Shangai Jazz Club in Madison.
The twins have been inseparable since birth. Peter and Will were born in Washington D.C. in 1987. The brothers then attended the Julliard School and currently reside in New York City.
Since the age of 15, Peter and Will have toured the United Kingdom and United States at places including the Louis Armstrong House, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Fest, New Jersey Jazz Society, Symphony Space and Michigan State University.
The New York Time’s Stephen Holden described the brother duo as “virtuosos on both clarinet and saxophone.”
The duo have contributed in the recording of five albums, “Reed Reflections”, “Music of the Soprano Masters”, “Correspondence”, “Fabulous Dorseys” and “Classical Themes in Jazz”.
The brothers have been playing together since they first learned to play. “It is like playing a team sport that involves working together to benefit the music,” Peter said.
“We still get along after all these years!” Peter said.
Peter and Will’s musical influences are Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday. Peter and Will have worked with artists such as Paul Carr, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath and Wycliffe Gordon.
Although the brother’s parents were not musical themselves, they are very supportive and are the reason the two began playing.
Neal Miner, who works for Gut Sting Records, the company that has produced some of Peter and Will’s works, has worked with them for six years.
“They just came on the scene and were very young and mature players. Really had it together,” Neal Miner said.
Miner has been working with Peter and Will a lot lately with their newly formed trio that includes Alex Wince. Neal also plays bass guitar for the trio.
“They’re great leaders, they command respect, they are inspiring and they challenge you,” Miner said.
Miner has produced several videos of the duo.
“I think that they have their own take and they play great together. It’s kind of amazing how they come up with these cool arrangements and they have them memorized. Very smart guys, hardworking, they put a lot of time in,” said Miner.
Peter and Will’s future goals are to practice every day and get better every day.
Peter and Will will be playing a show at Shanghai Jazz Club in Madison on September 26th. They will be playing two sets that begin at 6:30 and 8:30 pm. The show is appropriate for people of all ages.