“The final jazz artist in residence for the 2014-15 academic year visits the Michigan State University College of Music for a weeklong residency in March made possible by a $1 million endowment from the MSU Federal Credit Union.
Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein will be at MSU from March 2-8 through the MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artist in Residence program. While in Michigan, Bernstein will instruct, perform, and tour with MSU’s Jazz Orchestra I during a weeklong residency packed with workshops, master classes, and concerts. He and the top MSU jazz ensemble will also take to the road to visit and perform at music and jazz programs at high schools in Royal Oak, Detroit, Holland, and Spring Lake.
As a jazz guitarist, Bernstein has participated in more than 80 recordings and numerous performances with musicians from all generations. As a leader, he has released nine albums and a DVD. While attending the New School, a liberal arts university in New York City, he met legendary guitarist Jim Hall, who noted that Bernstein “…is the most impressive guitarist I’ve heard.” Bernstein was a regular member of Lou Donaldson’s group throughout the 1990s. “Some people just have it,” Donaldson said. “…Most of the time you have to teach someone what to do, but Peter knows it all.” Bernstein’s recent release, Solo Guitar – Live at Smalls, is an intimate recording that is said to remind one of sitting in the front row at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City.“