Festival Musical(s)
Festival Events Calendar
Monday Aug 1
6:00 pIt's De-Lovely
Thursday Aug 4
10:00 aBorn To Dance
4:30 pMovie Bios of Porter
7:30 pAll Of You
Friday Aug 5
10:00 aKiss Me, Kate
1:30 pJazz Transformations
2:30 pNow You Has Jazz
4:30 pAround The World w/ Porter
7:30 pCole Jazz
Saturday Aug 6
10:00 aYou're The Top! Marathon
2:30 pKiss Me, Kate
4:30 pRestoring Anything Goes
7:30 pAnything Goes!
Sunday Aug 7
2:30 pAnything Goes!
Tuesday Aug 9
7:30 pAnything Goes!
Wednesday Aug 10
10:00 aPanama Hattie
2:30 pLet's Do It!
4:30 pClassic Paris
7:30 pAnything Goes!
7:30 pPorter In Paris
Thursday Aug 11
10:00 aSilk Stockings
2:30 pI Get A Kick
4:30 pPorter As Balladeer
7:30 pClassic Porter
Friday Aug 12
10:00 aFilm: Can-Can
2:30 pYou're Sensational
4:30 pSong Styles
7:30 pAnything Goes!
Saturday Aug 13
7:30 pAll Through The Night
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Ken Peplowski
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Ken Peplowski has been compared to Benny Goodman--favorably. The noted New York Times music critic John S. Wilson called him "a clarinetist with a Benny Goodman tone and a Buddy DeFranco style." It is not surprising, because Peplowski was a member of Goodman's last working orchestra. But truly Peplowski plays the music that he likes, his own way. He does not try to play like Benny Goodman or anyone else. Peplowski was born May 23, 1959 in Cleveland, Ohio, and began his professional career at age nine, making local jazz radio and television appearances. He played orchestral and jazz arrangements in the Cleveland area before joining the Tommy Dorsey Band under the direction of Buddy Morrow in 1979. He met saxophonist Sonny Stitt while on the road and soon became one of his pupils.

In 1980, Ken moved to New York and was soon playing in such musical settings as traditional Dixieland bands, avant-garde jazz ensembles, and symphony orchestras. He was also involved in making movie sound tracks and commercial recordings.

Ken has recorded and performed with musicians as diverse as Mel Torme, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Warren Vache Jr., Hank Jones, Dan Barrett, Leon Redbone, Jimmy McPartland, Max Kaminsky, Dick Hyman, Ruby Braff, Scott Hamilton, Howard Alden, Rosemary Clooney, and Steve Allen .

He has been a featured performer with the American Jazz Orchestra and has performed regularly in New York's major clubs such as the Blue Note, Fat Tuesday's, Eddie Condon's and Jimmy Walker's. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Peplowski's own group performs on a regular basis at J's on 97th and Broadway in New York City. Ken has made numerous extensive tours of Europe, Brazil, England, Mexico, and Japan. In the fall of 1993, he led the Great American Jazz Orchestra at the Fujitsu-Concord Jazz Festival, appearing in several cities in Japan.

His impressive performance as a sideman on Dan Barrett's Concord album Strictly Instrumental (CCD-4332) brought about a recording contract with Concord Jazz. His debut album as a leader was Double Exposure (CDD-4344). The title calls attention to his proficiency on clarinet and tenor saxophone. He plays both instruments brilliantly on the recording. Author Peter Straub, who annotated the album, wrote: "Peplowski demonstrates how absolutely he has assimilated Goodman's unrelenting daring and brought it to a more modern rhythmic and harmonic landscape...like every artist whose imagination is expansive and generous and human, this thirty- year-old musician widens and increases the world."

Peplowski has gone on to record Sonny Side (CCD-4376), Mr. Gentle and Mr. Cool (CCD-4419), Illuminations (CCD-4449), and, in 1992, Groovin' High (CCD-4509), a three-tenor romp with Scott Hamilton and Spike Robinson, all for Concord Jazz. Also in 1992, Peplowski came out with The Natural Touch (CCD-4517), which earned him the highest award in Europe for Merit for Jazz Recording, the prestigious Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik Award in 1993. May 1993 brought the release of Ken Peplowski and Howard Alden Concord Duo Series--Volume Three (CCD-4556), recorded at Maybeck Recital Hall in Berkeley, California. His August 1994 release, Steppin' With Peps (CCD-4569) , is an exiting and charming outing full of musical magic.

Ken spends much of his time traveling the world as a solo artist or as a leader of his own quintet. He was recipient of Best Emerging Talent on Clarinet in the Jazz Times magazine Critic's Poll of 1990. Peps, as his friends call him, continues to gain well-deserved recognition. Cash Box called him a "talented mainstream multi-reedman." The Boston Herald commended the "purity of Peplowski's silvery playing, " declaring that "everything on Illuminations sounds marvelously fresh--and refreshing." Chip Defaa wrote in Jazz Times, "...he was an exceptionally facile, fluid, and melodic soloist even at the tender age of 19."

Aug 9OFAM 2001Swing to BopSoreng
Aug 9OFAM 2001Super Chief - Dance
Aug 10OFAM 2001Pacific 2-3-1Silva
Aug 11OFAM 2001Ghana Express
Aug 8OFAM 2002Gershwin As Smooth JazzJaqua
Aug 8OFAM 2002Shall We Dance? - Dance
Aug 9OFAM 2002If Bix Played GershwinJaqua
Aug 10OFAM 2002Rhapsody In Blue
Dec 21NHT 2002-03Ken PeplowskiJaqua
Aug 7OFAM 2003Puttin' On The RitzSilva
Aug 8OFAM 2003My Favorite ThingsJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2003Anything GoesJaqua
Aug 12OFAM 2003Jeepers Creepers
Aug 13OFAM 2003Memories of YouJaqua
Aug 14OFAM 2003Stormy WeatherJaqua
Aug 14OFAM 2003Georgia On My MindJaqua
Aug 15OFAM 2003No Biz Like Show Biz!Jaqua
Aug 16OFAM 2003Sunny Side of the Street
Dec 17JK 2004-05Ken PeplowskiJaqua
Aug 10OFAM 2005Let's Do It!Jaqua
Aug 11OFAM 2005I Get A Kick Out of YouJaqua
Aug 11OFAM 2005Classic PorterSilva
Aug 12OFAM 2005You're SensationalJaqua
Nov 11NHT 2005-06Ken PeplowskiJaqua
Aug 3OFAM 2006Cheek To CheekSilva
Aug 4OFAM 2006Heat WaveJaqua
Aug 4OFAM 2006Blue SkiesJaqua
Aug 5OFAM 2006A Day In The Life of Irving BerlinJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2006Come On And Hear!Jaqua
Aug 10OFAM 2006Face The MusicJaqua
Aug 10OFAM 2006You're Just In LoveJaqua
Aug 11OFAM 2006Man Bites DogJaqua
Aug 12OFAM 2006Say It With MusicSilva
Dec 1NHT 2006-07Ken PeplowskiJaqua
Mar 2JPS 2007Evening Session 1Jaqua
Mar 3JPS 2007Afternoon Session 1Jaqua
Mar 3JPS 2007Evening Session 2Jaqua
Mar 4JPS 2007Brunch JamJaqua
Jul 30OFAM 2007A Wonderful GuyJaqua
Aug 1OFAM 2007Where Or WhenSilva
Aug 2OFAM 2007My Favorite ThingsJaqua
Aug 2OFAM 2007Out Of My DreamsJaqua
Aug 3OFAM 2007On Your ToesJaqua
Aug 4OFAM 2007Isn't It Romantic?
Aug 4OFAM 2007My Funny ValentineJaqua
Aug 8OFAM 2007Hallelujah I'm A BumJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2007ManhattanJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2007The Garrick GaietiesJaqua
Aug 10OFAM 2007Somewhere For MeJaqua
Aug 11OFAM 2007Something WonderfulSilva
Dec 8NHT 2007-08Ken Peplowski / Dick HymanJaqua
Mar 7JPS 2008Friday Evening SessionJaqua
Mar 8JPS 2008Saturday Afternoon SessionJaqua
Mar 8JPS 2008Saturday Evening SessionJaqua
Mar 9JPS 2008Sunday Brunch SessionJaqua
Mar 9JPS 2008Sunday Afternoon SessionJaqua
Jul 30OFAM 2008Cotton Club StompSilva
Jul 31OFAM 2008Swing That MusicJaqua
Jul 31OFAM 2008Beyond The RainbowJaqua
Aug 1OFAM 2008Sunny Side of the StreetJaqua
Aug 2OFAM 2008We're In The MoneyJaqua
Aug 5OFAM 2008Unsaturated FatsJaqua
Aug 6OFAM 2008From Bing To Bobby SoxJaqua
Aug 7OFAM 2008Star DustJaqua
Aug 8OFAM 2008Finger BusterJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2008Stage Door CanteenSilva
Dec 12NHT 2008-09Ken Peplowski / Bill MaysJaqua
Mar 6JPS 2009Day 1 Evening SessionJaqua
Mar 7JPS 2009Day 2 Afternoon SessionJaqua
Mar 7JPS 2009Day 2 Evening SessionJaqua
Mar 8JPS 2009Day 3 Brunch SessionJaqua
Jul 29OFAM 2009Rhapsody In BlueSilva
Jul 30OFAM 2009The Dream's On MeJaqua
Jul 31OFAM 2009Jazz Me BluesJaqua
Aug 1OFAM 2009Singin' In The RainJaqua
Aug 5OFAM 2009Fred & GingerJaqua
Aug 6OFAM 2009Ol' Man RiverJaqua
Aug 6OFAM 2009SummertimeJaqua
Aug 7OFAM 2009Billie's BluesJaqua
Aug 8OFAM 2009From Spirituals To SwingSilva
Mar 12SP 2009-10Dick Hyman & Ken PeplowskiJaqua
Mar 13SP 2009-10Jazz Party 2010Jaqua
Jul 28OFAM 2010Swingin' The DreamJaqua
Jul 29OFAM 2010Why Can't You Behave?Jaqua
Jul 29OFAM 2010Man Bites DogJaqua
Jul 30OFAM 2010The Rain In SpainJaqua
Jul 31OFAM 2010Such Sweet ThunderJaqua
Aug 5OFAM 2010When You Wish Upon A StarJaqua
Aug 6OFAM 2010SomewhereJaqua
Aug 7OFAM 2010I Could Write A BookSilva
Aug 2OFAM 2011Embraceable YouJaqua
Aug 3OFAM 2011Blue SkiesJaqua
Aug 3OFAM 2011My Heart Stood StillJaqua
Aug 4OFAM 2011SkylarkJaqua
Aug 4OFAM 2011Let's Do ItJaqua
Aug 5OFAM 2011Mood IndigoJaqua
Aug 5OFAM 2011It's De-LovelyJaqua
Aug 6OFAM 2011Stormy WeatherJaqua
Feb 11SP 2011-12Ken PeplowskiJaqua
Aug 7OFAM 2012A Moveable FeastJaqua
Aug 8OFAM 2012La Musique CréoleJaqua
Aug 8OFAM 2012Ça, C'est ParisJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2012Let's MisbehaveJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2012Bricktop'sJaqua
Aug 10OFAM 2012Les SixJaqua
Aug 10OFAM 2012NuagesJaqua
Aug 11OFAM 2012Treat It GentleJaqua
Mar 2NHT 2012-13Ken PeplowskiJaqua
Aug 6OFAM 2013Boogie Woogie Bugle BoyJaqua
Aug 7OFAM 2013Thanks For The MemoryJaqua
Aug 7OFAM 2013SmileJaqua
Aug 8OFAM 2013As Time Goes ByJaqua
Aug 8OFAM 2013Body And SoulJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2013I Love To SingaJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2013Going My WayJaqua
Aug 10OFAM 2013Shall We DanceJaqua
Feb 7NHT 2013-14Ken PeplowskiJaqua
Aug 5OFAM 2014Flying HomeJaqua
Aug 6OFAM 2014Blues In The NightJaqua
Aug 6OFAM 2014Some Like It HotJaqua
Aug 7OFAM 2014Over The RainbowJaqua
Aug 7OFAM 2014Pete Kelly's BluesJaqua
Aug 8OFAM 2014Make 'Em LaughJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2014To Have And Have NotJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2014One For My BabyJaqua
Mar 13SP 2014-15Art Pepper ElevenJaqua
Ken Peplowski appears in these Cole Porter events:
Wednesday Aug 10
2:30 pLet's Do It!
Thursday Aug 11
2:30 pI Get A Kick
7:30 pClassic Porter
Friday Aug 12
2:30 pYou're Sensational
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