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Bernard Peiffer

b. 23 October 1922, Epinal, France, d. 7 September 1976, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Following intensive training as a classical pianist, Peiffer began playing jazz in distinguished company. While still a young man he played with Django Reinhardt, Hubert Rostaing and other European jazzmen and also with visiting Americans such as Rex Stewart, Don Byas and Sidney Bechet. By the end of the 40s he had become very well known in his native land, leading small groups and also working alone. Persuaded to visit the USA, he moved there in the mid-50s and thereafter commuted between the USA and Europe. An exceptionally accomplished technician, Peiffer’s solo playing was rich and sometimes florid. He was forward-thinking in his style, despite the swing era resonances of his early associations. He also composed much of his repertoire. His son Stephan Jean-Bernard assembled an album of old home recordings that was released in 2006 under the title Formidable...!
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Track List: Jazz 'Round Midnight: Piano

2. As Time Goes By

4. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

6. Moonlight In Vermont

8. My Old Flame

9. Morning Dew

12. Lilacs In The Rain

13. Sonora

14. Danny Boy

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Track List: Jazz In Paris, Vol. 1: Champs-Elysees

Disc 1

5. Farewell Blues

12. Minor Blues

13. Danse Norvegienne

14. Swamp Mist

16. Laura

19. Nicole

20. Convulsions

21. Margie

Disc 2

8. Sweet And Lovely

9. Sad Walk

13. Blue Rondo A La Turk

14. Down In The Depths Of The 90th Floor

Disc 3

1. Florence Sur Les Champs-Elysees

3. Dance Of The Infidels

4. Moment's Notice

6. Three Little Words

9. When The World Was Young

10. That's All

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offlogic
iPad glitch, just wanted to finish and say his concerts were brilliant and many were introduced to a very special and under appreciated artist who like too many others died way too early. No matter what Jazz lives through the recordings left behind. Bittersweet.
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offlogic
In 1954 he was introduced at my high school, Central High, in Philadelphia . Just came to the US.
Years later when attending college at the Philadelphia College of Art, I produced a series of concerts and featured Bernard at four concerts. At all of the concerts we always made sure he had a Steinway concert grand and a Cristofori Harpsichord for hisprrforman c e s
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ajb789
A friend took lessons from him in Phila in the 70's. I saw him a few times-outsta n d i n g and underrated.
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Used to dig Bernie Peiffer at The Composer in NYC. Man, them were truly the days...

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