Pete Malinverni, a jazz pianist and composer on the faculty of the Purchase College School of the Arts Conservatory of Music, will perform at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, February 18 at 8 PM in the Weill Recital Hall. Joining him will be members of the Purchase College Soul Voices Gospel Choir and the Devoe Street Baptist Church Choir. Tickets are $35, $15 students and seniors. Contact www.carnegiehall.org or 212-247-7800.
Malinverni will perform his own works and arrangements for solo piano and for Gospel Choir. Since coming to New York in 1981, he has left his mark on live and recorded performances here and worldwide. His work has earned him an entry in the "Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz" compiled by Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler.
Purchase college students performing in the concert include: Caliaf St. Aubyn, Brooklyn, NY; Adrienne Mack-Davis, Rochester, NY; Martin Peters, Hamden, CT; Andrew Fox, Los Angeles, CA; Colin Macdonald, Radnor, PA; Evan Feist, Old Bethpage, NY; Audrey Mae DeRocker, Queens, NY; Brittany West, Plano Texas; Michael Alas, Cebu Philipines; Samantha Adams, Groton, NY.
"Pete Malinverni doesnâ€™t seem capable of playing a dishonest line," observed Down Beat magazine in a recent four-star review of one of his many recordings. Never content with the current level of mastery, he continues to seek new language and a widening and deepening of the jazz idiom. To those ends, he has written for and recorded in the solo piano, piano trio, quartet, gospel choir and big band formats. Each of his ten recordings as leader has been released to excellent notices in Jazz and general publications and he continues to receive heavy airplay, several of his recordings having been in the Top Ten nationally.
His appearance on NPRâ€™s "Piano Jazz" with Marian McPartland was hailed as an informative and engaging presentation. He is a writer on music whose articles and letters have appeared in publications worldwide and he has contributed liner notes for his and many other recordings.
He serves on the Jazz Studies faculty at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College where he has organized the Soul Voices, a student choir whose mission is to explore the music of the African-American tradition.
For the past fifteen years, Pete has been Minister at the Devoe Street Baptist Church in Brooklyn, where he directs the Gospel Choir. His work there was featured in a recent profile on New York 1 Television.
One of Pete Malinverni's life missions is to reintroduce Jazz and Gospel Music, two long-lost siblings, separated at birth. "Both, having come from the great font of the African-American experience," says Malinverni "teach us much about what is possible when, through music, we express openly our shared humanity."
The concert has been made possible by the Abby Whiteside Foundation.