Saxophonist Peter Anderson is a native of Bethesda, Maryland. From age 9, he was trained in a variety of musical styles, including classical, New Orleans, and contemporary jazz. While in high school, he was an NFAA Jazz Fellow, Jazz Aspen Resident, Dave Brubeck Colonist, and Downbeat Magazine outstanding soloist. He received his Bachelor and Master's degrees in jazz from Juilliard. Peter is now an avid performer, composer and teacher in New York City.
He has played with the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Arturo O'Farrill Big Band, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Village Vanguard Orchestra, at the Blue Note, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, and in the U.K., Japan, Middle East and South America. In 2008, Peter participated in Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center, and Ravinia Jazz Residency in Chicago, performing his original compositions. From 2006-2011 he was a Maxwell Gluck fellow, performing at nursing homes, hospitals, and children's facilities. Peter's woodwind playing appears on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, both on screen and on the Grammy-winning recording.
Peter co-leads the Anderson Twins Group with his brother, Will, a versitle ensemble playing everything from swing dances to jazz festivals, including Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Iridium, and D.C.'s Blues Alley. They've given feature performances/lectures at NYC's University Club, Colony Club, Empire State Building, and Michigan State Universities. Their sextet led a 2-week Off-Broadway production celebrating Artie Shaw, garnering a NY Times review, "Pete and Will Anderson are virtuoso's on both clarinet and saxophone." In October 2011, they produced the Anderson Twins Big Band at Symphony Space, celebrating Quincy Jones, who gave them his best wishes and thanks via phone call. Most recently, they recorded their first album, Go Ahead, featuring Kenny Barron, Kenny Washington, and Ben Wolfe. In September 2012, they're producing a month-long Off-Broadway show at 59E59 Theaters NYC, featuring the music the Dorsey brothers.