Kissin the Wave
Jerry's Jass: Webster, Pronunciation: 'jeris 'jas, Function: noun, Ethmology: American Californian, Date: 1960's 1 a : Music developed especially from jazz, blues, rock and roll, and rhythm and blues, and characterized by propulsive syncopated rhythm, polyphonic ensemble playing, varying degrees of improvisation, and often deliberate distortions of pitch and timbre; b : music played in a loud (or soft) rhythmic manner... Jerry Peterson sat down at his grandmother's old upright piano at the age of 10 years and asked her to teach him how to play. She showed Jerry three of the most important chords he would ever learn. The next year he was asking his father for a tenor saxophone, and he has been playing the saxophone ever since. Jerry started working in bands at the young age of thirteen and making records at fourteen, at a studio in Santa Clara, California, his home at the time. Things started to change at the age of sixteen, with a little help from a 1952 Pontiac. The good music was on the eastside of town and Jerry was going there every chance he could get to play his saxophone. Rhythm and Blues, Blues and Jazz was going to be blended with Rock and Roll over the years to become what Jerry calls 'Jerry's JASS', his blend of all of the above. The San Francisco North Beach club scene was next, working seven nights a week, seven shows a night for many years on end. Jerry then served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnamese War, moved to Los Angeles in 1972, telling his Commanding Officer, 'I'm going to LA and make records!' He did just that, and has been in LA ever since, recording with the likes of: Kim Carnes, Tanya Tucker, Smokey Robertson, The Temptations, Linda Ronstadt, Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson, Barbara Streisand, Billy Vera and The Beaters, alto Sax solo on the hit single, 'At This Moment'. During his career, Jerry has played on three Grammy award winning albums, including the 1981 Kim Carnes album, 'Mistaken Identity', featuring the hit single 'Betty Davis Eyes'. During his tenure in the entertainment business, Jerry Peterson has worked on the following films: Bruce Willis' 'Blind Date', 'Home Alone', 'That was Then, This is Now', starring Emilio Estavez, Willie Nelson in 'Baha Oklahoma', and 'Buckaroo Bonzai', featuring Peter Weller. TV shows include many appearances on, 'In Concert', 'Rock Concert', ' Solid Gold', 'American Bandstand', 'The Tonight Show', house band for Rick Dee's show, 'Into The Night'. Now Jerry Peterson is offering up some of his seasoned blend of musical experience: soul, blues, rock and jazz, together with soulful saxophone, playing to give you an earful of musical enjoyment. His debut solo album, 'Kissin' the Wave' is his artistic statement, after spending the last thirty years as a sideman supporting some of the best artists in the music industry. When asked why he entitled his album, 'Kissin' the Wave' Jerry's response was, ' My daughter listens to 'Kiss FM' when we ride around in the car, and I want to listen to and hear my music on the 'Wave'.' These radio stations are two of the most popular radio stations in the Los Angeles area and are at opposite ends of the musical gambit. Jerry says, 'Have I got some of Jerry's JASS for you!' So, take a RIDE!