Ears Wide Open: Pianist Peggy Stern and her musical journeys
Sue Terry, Allegro, April 2010
Peggy Stern is an unusual musician. She’s as comfortable playing classical piano music as she is improvising jazz or playing Latin clave grooves, and you may even see her launch into leading a holiday singalong, as I did on a gig we had in Pennsylvania last year.
Elzy Kolb, Hot House, February 2011
Pianist/composer Peggy Stern played classical, rhythm-and-blues, salsa and many kinds of ethnic music before turning her attention to jazz.
The Incredible Peggy Stern
Samantha Richardson, JazzTimes, February 2010
SR: What is your earliest musical memory?
PS: I remember sitting beside my teacher Louise Greenfield (Sarasota), while she played some beautiful music for me; we both so enjoyed her ‘tour’ of the repertoire, that it fired my young imagination.
Peggy Stern, Improvisor, Composer, Pianist
Ed Bride, The Artful Mind, April 2006
“The key to success in the Jazz world can open the doors of life in general: have a direction, but know how to improvise. Growing up, our parents probably told us that direction is essential for any career; we later learned the importance of improvisation, also known as spontaneous, unscripted action (or in the musical world, performance. Indeed, a Jazz purist might define improvisation as “spontaneous composition”).