Many critics declare Ken Peplowski’s high level of virtuosity, and not only is Ken an outstanding clarinetist and gifted jazz musician, but he’s also a charismatic entertainer who has been delighting audiences for over 30 years with his warmth, wit, and musicianship.
Nationally renowned clarinetist Ken Peplowski has helped keep the tradition of small-group swing alive. He made his professional debut at ten and played locally in Cleveland for many years. After spending 1978-1980 touring with the Tommy Dorsey ghost orchestra, Peplowski settled in New York, freelanced in a variety of settings, and played with Benny Goodman. By 1987, he was a Concord artist and has since recorded frequently for that label, also backing Mel Tormé and Rosemary Clooney, and leading his own band in that time.
Ken Peplowski has recorded over 4 dozen CDs as a soloist, and close to 400 as a sideman. The litany of other musicians Ken has collaborated with includes: Leon Redbone, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Madonna, Hank Jones, Dave Frishberg, Tom Harrell, James Moody, Cedar Walton, Houston Person, Steve Allen, Bill Charlap, Woody Allen, Marianne Faithfull, Isaac Delgado & Erich Kunzel to name a few.
Joining Mr. Peplowski on the Nocturne stage will Denver bassist Drew Morell, acclaimed drummer Jim White, and pianist Jeff Jenkins. [Organizer's description]