About Ken Peplowski
Available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
“Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist!” — RUSSELL DAVIES, BBC2 AUGUST 2013
“When you grow up in Cleveland, Ohio, playing in a Polish polka band, you learn to think fast on your feet”, says Ken Peplowski, who played his first pro engagement when he was still in elementary school. “From my first time performing in public, I knew I wanted to play music for a living.”
After a year of college, Ken joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow. He has played Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl (where he played a sold-out concert), headlining in Las Vegas, the Newport Jazz Festival, pops concerts, European festivals and clubs, or at home in NYC, doing everything from playing on the soundtracks to Woody Allen movies. He has worked with Mel Torme, Leon Redbone, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Madonna, Hank Jones, Dave Frishberg, Rosemary Clooney, and so many more.
“I love to teach intermediate to advanced students of all ages, and not necessarily just clarinetists and saxophonists. I work with lots of vocalists and instrumentalists on things like phrasing, breathing properly, learning relaxation techniques (both physical and mental), overcoming stage fright, how to improve your sense of rhythm, picking out the right repertoire and the best way to interpret a song so it feels like it’s your song, and how to compose solos that are both rhythmically interesting and have a melodic arc to them. I’ve got lots of tips on how to play and practice more efficiently–we’ll talk about economy of movement, how to play fast tempos, and sight-reading tips. I have lots and lots of techniques that enable the student to eventually be their own best life-long teacher!”