Bullet Bio:

  • Born Hartford Ct., 1957; raised in Nashua, NH.

  • Taught himself guitar at age 10, piano at age 11.

  • Inspired by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, BB King, Mike Bloomfield, Mississippi John Hurt, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Otis Spann, among many others.

  • 1970's - Played in bands through high school playing blues, country rock and classic R&B, started writing songs.

  • Attended New England Conservatory, then Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, 1978-82.

  • 1980's - Formed original bands that played throughout New England and opened for Taj Mahal, Dave Mason and Steve Forbert.

  • 1986 - Released “Motion” an album of original "blue-eyed soul," with 5 piece band.

  • 1980's - Began performing more jazz, as solo, trio and with big bands.

  • 1990's - Performed throughout New England as bandleader with trio and 6 piece swing & soul band.

  • 1996 – Started teaching private music lessons full time.

  • 1999 – Released “Do That,” a jazz trio CD featuring all original compositions.

  • 2004 – Released “Swingin' the Blues,” CD of original swing, blues and jazz with 9 piece band.

  • 2008 – Released “American Standard Blue,” CD of classic standards and blues in solo, trio and 6 piece band formats.

  • 2012 – Released “The Wayback Machine,” songs from the birth of jazz and blues. Peter performs on all of the instruments.

  • 2000 – present: Produces music for film & TV, Music featured on “Dateline NBC,” “Bad Girls Road Trip,” “Storage Wars,” and internationally.

  • 2000 – present: Engineers and produces CDs and demo recordings for local solo artists, rock bands and classical musicians.

  • 2015 – Writing, arranging and recording new original music in the style of the American standards and blues.

Peter Hostage: Jazz/Blues Pianist/Vocalist

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Long Form Bio:

And now for a brief Peter Hostage history lesson in prose:

I grew up in Nashua, NH, and like most people of my era, I was bitten with Beatlemania. I was always bangin' on the piano in the basement, but I didn't want lessons because "the Beatles didn't take lessons!" It was the late 60's and the blues revival was heating up. I was also learning guitar and was soon gigging around southern NH, playing solo or with bands.

My first blues band was called the "Walking Blues Band" because none of us had a driver's license. A string of R&B cover bands followed, in which we also played some of our own songs. The band "Juke" was named after the Little Walter instrumental, Eastwind was a mixture of R&B, rock, blues and country rock. Next, a funk cover band named "Cold Sweat," (we did a bunch of James Brown), then in the early 80's "Dow Jones," which opened for name acts including Taj Mahal, Steve Forbert and Dave Mason.

I attended Berklee College of Music from '78-'82, had a lot of great experiences, including studying with my favorite piano teacher Dean Earl. Dean had been at Berklee since they started in the late 40's, and had some great stories about gigging with many greats including Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. (By the way- Bruce Hornsby was also a student of Dean's.)

In the mid 80's I started fronting my own band, still playing R&B, funk and original tunes. I produced an LP called
"Motion" in 1986, playing the keys and guitars and writing and arranging the songs. By the late 80's and early 90's my focus was switching to jazz; mostly in a trio setting of piano, bass and drums, but sometimes with horns added. In 1999 I produced a trio CD of original tunes titled "Do That." By that time I was teaching piano and guitar full time out of my home.

In 2001 I put together "The Peter Hostage Situation" a 9 piece "little" big band, playing lots of swing, standards, and jump blues. I am very fortunate to have a crew of some of the finest musicians in the Boston area in this group which has a great time tearing up tunes by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Louis Jordan and others. In 2004 we made a CD called
"Swingin' The Blues," consisting mostly of original tunes with a swing and jump blues flavor.

Also in 2004, my wife Maria and I opened Music's Cool Academy of Music
in Londonderry, NH. Unfortunately, the bad economy forced us to close in 2011, and now I'm back to teaching in my home studio.  In 2005 and 2006 I recorded and produced a CD, "Final Draft" for perennial Nashua roots rock favorites Aces and Eights. That brings us to the present, with the release of my new CD, "American Standard Blue," a mixture of standards with a blues vibe, with the songs performed solo, as a trio, and also with full arrangements including horns.

Major Influences:
The Beatles, BB King, Otis Spann, Joe Turner, Louis Jordan, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Horace Silver, Mose Allison, Ray Charles, Dr John, Professor Longhair, Paul Butterfield, Hank Jones, Aretha, Red Garland, many more!
Records on Blue Note, Stax/Volt, Atlantic, Motown, Prestige, Minit, Impulse.

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