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"Crackle-and-snap drummer Pete Zimmer spoke volumes with a few thumps of his snare."
FINANCIAL TIMES

"Pete Zimmer has learned his New York lessons well, as his dry tone, meaty swing beat and subtle accents make him an old   hand on Chillin' Live @ Jazz Factory"

DOWN BEAT

 

"Zimmer's drumming boasts a crisp, swinging command with judicious musicality."

MODERN DRUMMER

 

Since his arrival to New York City over a decade ago in June of 2001, Pete Zimmer has established himself amongst the forefront as one of the top-call young drummers in New York's jazz scene.  Born and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Zimmer has made his mark locally and internationally as a versatile and articulate drummer, bandleader, sideman, composer, educator, and record label entrepreneur. 

 

 

Before moving to New York, Zimmer studied both at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois and also at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he earned his bachelors degree.  At the Conservatory he had the good fortune to have apprenticeships with master musicians such as Danilo Perez, Cecil McBee, George Garzone, Bob Moses, Jerry Bergonzi, and Bob Brookmeyer.

 

 

Since 2001, Zimmer has performed and recorded with both master jazz legends, as well as up-and-coming, rising jazz stars including:  George Garzone, Joel Frahm, Jeremy Pelt, Peter Bernstein, Michael Rodriguez, Rodney Jones, Jerry Weldon, Dennis Irwin, David Wong, Akiko Tsuruga, Rick Germanson, Anthony Wonsey, Randy Napoleon, Michael Karn, Julius Tolentino, Gene Perla, Tom Kennedy, Wayne Escoffery, Jaleel Shaw, Dan Nimmer, and 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 that time, 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).  These CDs, two studio and two live recordings, feature many of his compositions that have brought him a great deal of critical acclaim across the globe.  His fifth album as a leader, “Prime of Life,” is scheduled to be released in April of 2012.

 

 

Since 2005 Zimmer has led his group at many of the famous venues in New York City as well as touring much of the U.S.A. and also the United Kingdom. He is a highly regarded educator having presented clinics at many collegiate jazz study programs and has been on faculty at the New York Jazz Academy since 2009.

 

 

All Music Guide stated, “Pete Zimmer's fourth recording as a bandleader and composer might stake his claim as a modern day version of Art Blakey."

 

 RECORDINGS

Leader Recordings:

 

Prime of Life

Pete Zimmer

TIP1108

Released: 4/2012

 

Pete Zimmer Drums

George Garzone tenor sax

Peter Bernstein guitar

Peter Slavov bass

 

 

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Chillin' Live @ Jazz Factory

Pete Zimmer Quartet
feat. Jeremy Pelt

TIP1104

Released: 9/2008

 

Pete Zimmer Drums

Jeremy Pelt trumpet/flh

Avi Rothbard guitar

David Wong bass

 

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Judgment

Pete Zimmer Quintet
feat. George Garzone

TIP1103

Released: 10/2006

Pete Zimmer drums

George Garzone tenor sax

Joel Frahm tenor sax

Michael Rodriguez trumpet

Toru Dodo piano

John Sullivan bass

David Wong bass

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Burnin' Live at the Jazz Standard

Pete Zimmer Quintet
TIP1102

Released: 6/2006

 

Pete Zimmer drums

Michael Rodriguez trumpet/flh

Joel Frahm tenor sax

Toru Dodo piano

David Wong bass

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Common Man

Pete Zimmer Quintet

TIP1101

Released: 9/2004

 

Pete Zimmer drums

Michael Rodriguez trumpet

Joel Frahm tenor sax

Toru Dodo piano

Rick Germanson piano

John Sullivan bass

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Sideman Recordings:

 

Vitaly Golovnev
What Matters
(Tippin' Records TIP1109)
Released: June, 2012

Vitaly Golovnev trumpet
Zhenya Strigalev alto sax
Nathan Peck bass
Pete Zimmer drums


Kelly Dickson &
Werner Kristiansen

Doodlin’
(Lady K)
Released: 2008

Kelly Dickson (Vocals)
George Garzone (Sax)
Werner Kristiansen (gt)
Jeff Pedraz (b)
Pete Zimmer (ds)


George Garzone
One Two Three Four

(Stunt 7012)
Released: 2007

George Garzone (Tn/Sp Sax)
Chris Crocco (gt)
Dennis Irwin (b)
Pete Zimmer (ds)

 

Cary Brown Trio
Released: 2006

Cary Brown (p)
Jeremy Allen (b)
Pete Zimmer (ds)


Pete Robbins
Centric

(Telepathy)
Released: 2002

Pete Robbins (Alto Sax)
George Garzone (Tenor Sax)
Mike Gamble (gt)
Chris Van Voors Van Beest (b)
Pete Zimmer (ds)


 

     

 



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