Alessandro Penezzi Duo and Ken Peplowski Quartet “An Evening of Clarinet”, Fri. August 17, 2012


Alessandro Penezzi Duo and Ken Peplowski Quartet
“An Evening of Clarinet”
Friday, August 17, 2012
Kuumbwa Jazz

Alessandro Penezzi Duo

“[Penezzi] is genius.” – Rolling Stone
The Alessandro Penezzi Duo features the amazing acoustic guitar sound of Alessandro Penezzi and the peerless clarinet playing of Alexandre Ribeiro. Together, the two Brazilian musicians cover everything from the choro music of their homeland to Django-influenced ‘hot jazz’ stylings. Cordos oa Vento is their latest CD. Penezzi started on guitar at the age of 7. Guitar was just the beginning. He went on to learn ukulele, mandolin, and several woodwind instruments. His duo partner, Alexandre Ribeiro, also from Sao Paulo, Brazil, began his clarinet studies at age 12, and participated in many youth orchestras throughout his teen years. The two musicians have worked together as a duo since 2009.

Ken Peplowski

“The man [Peplowski] is magic.” – Mel Torme
Not since the days of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw has the music world heard the kind of talent that Ken Peplowski embodies on the clarinet. Steeped in the swing tradition, yet not restricted to any one era, Ken’s approach spans the entire evolution of jazz from traditional to contemporary. Memories of You is his most recent CD.

Ken Peplowski knew he wanted to perform music for a living since he was a kid. Actually, that’s when he started performing, as a youngster playing in polka bands in his native Cleveland, Ohio. He and his brother Ted, who played trumpet, were playing for dances and weddings all through their high-school years. It was a good training ground where he learned to think fast, faking songs requested, and learning how to improvise. He was also teaching privately at a music store and playing in his school’s music program, and getting experience as a jazz musician. After graduating from high school, he went off to college, but only for a year. Buddy Morrow, bandleader for the Tommy Orchestra, offered him the lead alto saxophone chair, and to feature him as a clarinet soloist. While on the road he met, and studied, with saxophonist Sonny Stitt, who had a great influence on Ken’s playing. Eventually, in 1980, Peplowski made his was to New York City, where he was playing everything from Dixieland to cutting-edge avant-garde music. When Benny Goodman returned to performing, in 1984, he hired Ken to play tenor saxophone in his big band. It was a positive experience for Peplowski, but he eventually returned to leading his own groups. Throughout his long career, Peplowski has collaborated with a varied number of artists, including Tom Harrell, James Moody, filmmaker Woody Allen, Mel Torme, and Madonna (yes, that Madonna). Whatever the style of music, Ken Peplowski makes it happen.

Alessandro Penezzi Duo and Ken Peplowski Quartet

DATE: Friday, August 17, 2012
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:30 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door, No Jazztix or Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227 

Media contacts:
Alessandro Penezzi Duo:  Yocupitzia Oseguera,, 650-595-2274
Ken Peplowski: Sandy Sloan,

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