Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Zak, Peter, jazz pianist; b. Los Angeles, CA, 13 May 1965. Classically trained, Peter began his jazz career as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was voted Outstanding Pianist at the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival in 1987.
Following graduation, he played clubs, concerts and festivals in the San Francisco Bay Area with such artists as Frank Morgan, John Handy, and Chico Freeman. Since relocating to New York in 1989, he has performed and/or recorded with Junior Cook, George Coleman, Ryan Kisor, Etta Jones, Scott Hamilton, Eric Alexander, and Jon Hendricks, among many others. He has also been on the faculty of the New School Jazz department since 1995. In 1999, Peter was selected as on of twelve semi-finalists in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Harald Gundhus: Don't Drop the Bop (1998); Ryan Kisor: The Usual Suspects (1998), Point of Arrival (1998), Kisor (1999), The Dream (2001), Kisor II (2001)
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