Peter & the Master Keys is NYC's favorite seven-piece jazz and blues band for weddings and events! Specializing in American jazz and blues from the 30's through 50's (with a dash of rock n' roll thrown into the mix), Peter & the Master Keys is the perfect blend of cool sophistication and rootsy soul.
Our music pays homage to an earlier era of live music when real musicians played real instruments. With three horns (trumpet, tenor sax, baritone sax) and a robust rhythm section (keys, guitar, upright bass, drums), you might even call us a “small” big band! Whether you need music for a mellow cocktail hour or a high-energy dance party—or maybe even both—Peter & the Master Keys fits the bill.
Throughout New York City and beyond, we've played countless weddings, events, private parties, and concerts at venues ranging from the prestigious Yale Club and Sotheby's in Manhattan to rural barns in upstate New York. So if you're looking to liven up your next party or event with the most swingin' band around, look no further than Peter & the Master Keys.
The Master Keys have had the privilege of working with many great clients over the past few years including: Columbia University, the Yale Club, Sotheby's, Etsy, Tao, as well as countless brides and grooms. We love to elevate events as only live music can whether it be for ambience or for dancing. I look forward to working with you and making live music the most effortless and enjoyable part of your celebration.
Peter grew up in North Carolina surrounded by great music: his father’s classical record collection, and the blues and bluegrass music that has always been a part of the Carolinas' cultural history. Peter received degrees in both music and Spanish, later teaching high school Spanish for two years. In 2006 he moved to New York City, where he has since played upright bass in various early jazz bands all across the city, and where he has also allowed himself to follow another one of his passions: singing and playing jazz, blues and rock n' roll.
Playing the triple role of bandleader, singer, and bassist, he channels and pays tribute to 1950's blues greats like Ray Charles, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson and others with an excitement and verve that is palpable. Now, with the creation of his own seven-piece mini big band Peter & the Master Keys, which performs Peter's original horn arrangements of 1950's jazz and blues songs, New York has taken notice. His band performs in distinguished venues around the city such as Sotheby's, the Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel (home of 'Sleep No More') and others, and sells out shows at historic concert halls like the Coe House on Long Island. The Master keys have also become popular as a jazz band for wedding receptions and cocktail hours, having performed at New York's finest venues like the Yale Club and Harold Pratt House