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Peters, Flip (Phillip M.)

Peters, Flip (Phillip M.), guitar, banjo, vocalist; b. Newark, NJ, 28 August 1949. Grew up in Nutley, NJ. His parents are Philip W. Peters and Marie Agnes Peters. His siblings are Bruno and Vicki Peters.

He studied with Harry Leahey, Eddie Berg, Gary Keller, Eric Kloss, Mac Goldsbury.

Flip Peters has been performing and teaching in the New York area since the early seventies. Through the seventies he appeared with local New Jersey society bands. At the same time he performed in New Jersey jazz clubs with bands led by saxophonists Allan Namery, Bob Hanlon and Mac Goldsbury, organist Gloria Coleman and others as well as his own bands. He was regularly featured at Gulliver's in the Guitar Night series and performed at Sparky J's, the Three Sisters, the Hackensack Jazz Cafe and other jazz clubs. He also performed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York clubs in various guitar duos with, among others Larry Maltz and Josh Breakstone.

From the early eighties until the early nineties he was a busy performer in the New York freelance scene working with Skitch Henderson, Peter Duchin, the Rainbow Room Band and other top society bands. During that time he played along side with musicians such as Spanky Davis, Warren Chiasson, Marty Napolean, Steve Kuhn, Dick Meldonian, Derick Smith, Candido, Buddy Terry, Wayne Andre, Joe Wilder, Linc Milliman and many others. He has also played on numerous industrial and commercial recordings. He also backed such diverse acts as Soupy Sales and Screamin' Jay Hawkins. From the 70's to the present he has recorded several hours of unissued material.

He has formerly worked in the computer field and is now working towards his MA degree in Jazz History and Research at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. He is currently working as a freelance musician, as a soloist and with the Flip Peters/Larry Maltz duo in clubs, including Trumpet's in Montclair, NJ and at private parties. The Duo has recorded about two hours of unissued material and is working on their first CD.

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