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Pete Malinverni’s “Invisible Cities” Quintet at Smalls in NYC June 6 & 7

Date Released: 5/30/2008

Pianist Pete Malinverni brings his “Invisible Cities” Quintet to four performances at Smalls, 183 W. 10th Street, New York City June 6 & 7 at 10:30 PM and 12 AM. Malinverni will be leading the quintet with selections off his new critically-acclaimed album Invisible Cities. The quintet features Malinverni on piano, with Tim Hagans, trumpet; Rich Perry, tenor sax; Ugonna Okegwo, bass; and Tom Melito, drums.

In addition to performing, Pete Malinverni teaches jazz piano at the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music and leads the college’s Soul Voices Gospel Ensemble which performed the world premiere of his gospel jazz composition “The Good Shepherd” in March, with the Purchase Jazz Orchestra. “The Good Shepherd” is a suite in six movements for gospel choir and jazz orchestra with texts taken from the 23rd Psalm of King David.

Since 1993 he has also served as church musician at the Devoe Street Baptist Church in Brooklyn, exposing him to the music of the African-American church which has influenced his compositions of suites for gospel choir and jazz ensemble. In 2006, he released Joyful!, a CD/DVD recording of a live concert of his gospel/jazz compositions with ArtistShare.

Malinverni is a highly respected pianist on the local and national club scene, as well as concert performer both here and abroad. His other recordings as a leader include Don’t Be Shy, The Spirit, This Time, A Very Good Year, Of One Mind, Autumn in New York, The Tempest and Themes and Variations.

A composer of great depth, passion and individuality, he has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Meet the Composer Foundation.

He received his master of music degree from Purchase College where he studied piano and composition with Anthony Newman. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam.