Based in Ottawa, Peter has played with the leading jazz artists in Canada's capital, including John Geggie, Rob Frayne, Mike Essoudry, Roddy Ellias, Vince Rimbach and Mike Tremblay. He considers himself very fortunate to have performed with some of Canada's leading jazz artists, including Sonny Greenwich, Pat LaBarbera, Phil Nimmons, Reg Schwager, Kelly Jefferson, Johnny Scott, Mike Allen and Mike Rud. He has performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, and the Nuits Bleues Jazz Festival in Quebec City. His music has been featured on the CBC radio programs Tonic, Canada Live and Bandwidth, among others.
Peter's debut CD, A Boy's Journey, was released to strong reviews. Recorded thanks to a grant from the City of Ottawa, the disc features top-notch Canadian players -- saxophonists Kenji Omae and Nathan Cepelinski, bassist Alec Walkington and drummer Ted Warren -- joining Peter to perform his compositions.
Katie Malloch, host of CBC's Tonic, has featured songs from A Boy's Journey on her jazz program heard across Canada. She says: "A Boy's Journey is a voyage for the listener, too. Hum's compositions are fresh and vital, sometimes contemplative, sometimes blessed with a joyous groove. The instrumental voices of his fine sidemen (Kenji Omae is a splendid surprise to me!) are each strongly individual, but blend with warmth and ease, too. Peter Hum's own playing is coolly lyrical in his frequent introductions, setting the stage for the unfolding of the pieces. This CD is solid and satisfying."
The Montreal Gazette's Irwin Block calls A Boy's Journey "a celebration -- a modern, forward-looking and mainly upbeat session that sparkles with positive energy." The full review is here.
Radio-Canada executive producer André Massicotte, who has presented Peter's quintet in concert, says "Peter Hum presents well-crafted, inspired music that has what it takes to please the most demanding fans of jazz."
The music from the disc is available on iTunes, CD Baby and at Peter's Bandcamp page, where the CD can also be fully previewed and ordered.
With the support of grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa, Peter's second CD, Alpha Moment, was completed in May 2015. The disc features a program of eight originals rendered by the same powerful group heard on A Boy's Journey, augmented by guitarist Mike Rud. You can audition and even buy Alpha Moment here. In late September, 2015, Peter will hit the road to perform in Montreal (the Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill), Ottawa (National Arts Centre Fourth Stage), Waterloo (The Jazz Room) and Toronto (The Rex Jazz and Blues Bar) to celebrate the launch of Alpha Moment. The gig details are here.
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