Welcome to the website of Canadian jazz pianist Peter Hum.
Based in Ottawa, Peter has played with the leading jazz artists in Canada's capital, including peers such as Roddy Ellias, John Geggie , Mike Essoudry and Rob Frayne, as well as up-and-comers such as Chris Maskell, Alex Moxon and others. 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 is the recipient of two Ontario Arts Council grants and three arts grants from the City of Ottawa in support of his recordings of original music.
In late August 2018, Peter recorded his third album, as yet untitled, with the help of five dynamic Canadian musicians: tenor saxophonist Keni Omae, trumpeter David Smith, guitarist Mike Rud, bassist Alec Walkington and drummer Ted Warren. The group tackled 10 of Peter's latest compositions and the album is to be released by fall 2019. The recording project was supported by a grants from the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council.
Also 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 and released in September 2015. The disc features a program of eight originals rendered by a sextet that includes some of Canadian jazz's finest, including saxophonists Kenji Omae and Nathan Cepelinski, Juno Award-winning guitarist Mike Rud, bassist Alec Walkington and drummer Ted Warren. You can audition and even buy Alpha Moment at Peter's Bandcamp page.
The disc prompted some great feedback. S. Victor Aaron at Something Else! Reviews wrote: "Once again, Peter Hum walks the walk with an album full of strong compositions and strong performances. Alpha Moment is the product of a serious jazz musician." Full review
Richard Kamins at Step Tempest wrote: "Alpha Moment is a generous album, generous in spirit, in melodies, in solos, adult music that flows ever-forward on the strength of six fine musicians... This is joyous music worthy of your attention." Full review
In 2010, 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 five top-notch Canadian players and Peter's long-time friends -- saxophonists Kenji Omae and Nathan Cepelinski, bassist Alec Walkington and drummer Ted Warren.
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 called 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."
A Boy's Journey is available on iTunes, CD Baby and at Peter's Bandcamp page, where the CD can also be fully previewed and ordered.
Main page photo by Bruno Schlumberger