Pete Zimmer has received a significant amount of recognition during the past several years throughout the international jazz scene as a versatile and articulate drummer, bandleader, composer, and educator. Born and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Pete Zimmer moved to Queens, New York in June of 2001 after his completion at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
Pete Zimmer’s performing and recording credentials include many musicians whom are currently at the very forefront of jazz including: George Garzone, Joel Frahm, Jeremy Pelt, Michael Rodriguez, David Wong, Rick Germanson, Randy Napoleon, Michael Karn, Julius Tolentino, Gene Perla, Tom Kennedy, Wayne Escoffery, Jaleel Shaw, Dan Nimmer, among many others.
In May of 2004, Pete Zimmer launched his record label, Tippin’ Records, and on September 7th, 2004 released his first album as a leader, “Common Man,” which was declared “an impressive debut” by the Philadelphia Daily News. Since then Zimmer has produced and released three additional CDs as a bandleader, “Burnin’ Live at the Jazz Standard” (2006), “Judgment” (2006), and “Chillin’ Live @ Jazz Factory” (2008).
As a leader he has performed at major jazz venues including: The Blue Note, Iridium, Jazz Standard, The Kitano, Ronnie Scotts, Dazzle Jazz Club, The Jazz Factory, Night Town, Blues Alley, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, Zanzibar Blue, The Blue Wisp, and The Blue Room.
In addition to being a performer, Zimmer is a Yamaha clinician. He presents clinics and workshops at colleges, universities, and conservatoires that have included: Birmingham Conservatoire, Indiana University, Leeds College of Music, Ohio State University, Middlesex University, Northern Illinois University, Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
Pete Zimmer Quartet
Pete Zimmer drums
Matt LaRusso guitar
Corey Kendrick piano
Jeff Pedraz Bass