Peter Ecklund

Peter Ecklund started a career in education, then became a full-time musician in the 70’s and played with Gregg Allman, Maria Muldaur, Leon Redbone, and Paul Butterfield. He was in David Bromberg’s band for many years and has recorded as a sideman for hundreds of albums and film scores. He played with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks in the 1980s, and 90’s and also with the Orphan Newsboys (led by Marty Grosz). Peter’s solo albums for Arbors Jazz are “Strings Attached” and “Gigs”. He is the author of two books of transcribed jazz solos Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke and two play-along book/CDs of swinging jazz for Music Minus One. His Blue Suitcase Trio mixes traditional jazz with other American music.

Played traditional jazz (Dixieland) in Connecticut starting late 60’s. Studied classical music–played trumpet with New Haven Symphony

David Bromberg Band–1973-1980, 5 albums, annual tours to present.

Toured with Gregg Allman 1974–album “Gregg Allman Live”

1970’s–Recorded with Bonnie Raitt, Paul Butterfield, Gloria Gaynor.

1980’s–Toured and recorded with Leon Redbone, recorded with Bob Dylan.

1987-1995–1st trumpet with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks (1920’s style big band), 2 albums.

1986-2001–Played with Marty Grosz (1930’s swing), 4 albums.

1986-2000 many jazz festivals, jazz parties in US, Europe, and Far East. Concerts with Dick Hyman at 92nd St. Y, NYC. 4 traditional jazz solo albums, 2 for Arbors Jazz, one each for Jazzology and Stomp Off.

2001–Duet album with Louis Mazetier (piano) won the Fats Waller Prize (Jazz Institute of France). Available at

1990’s–played with Peter Gprdon’s Love of Life Orchestra and Lenny Pickett Ensemble (contemporary music)

Recorded with Woody Allen. Played on score of 3 Allen movies in 1990’s.

1995-present–Jay Ungar / Molly Mason Band (Americana), album on Angel.

1996-present–Instructor–Swing Improvisation at Ashokan (music camp for adults).

1997-present–Lindy Hop Heaven (swing dance music), 2 albums.

1998-2000–Howard Fishman Quartet, 2 albums.

2001-04–produced 3 jazz albums for Jump Start Records (York, PA).

2003-2008–Copyist for Saturday Night Live (NBC).

2003–Copyist and orchestrator for album “Geoff Muldaur’s Private Astronomy”–music of Bix Beiderbecke.

2003–Arranger and copyist for Beiderbecke centennial album on Arbors Jazz.

2004-2009–Play with Doveman, indie rock band let by pianist/singer Thomas Bartlett.

2005–Arranged/ produced/ recorded album with Scott “Lucky” Foster, “Potted Palm

Orchestra”–1930’s hotel orchestra with mostly Midi instruments.

2006–Arranged/ produced/ recorded album for Music Minus One, “The Further Adventures of Bix Beiderbecke.

2009–For Music Minus One–“Back to Basie, Back to Basics.”

2009 formed Blue Suitcase Trio. CD to be releases 2010.

Publications–“Louis Armstrong – Great Trumpet Solos” (1995, Charles Colin, NY), Bix Beiderbecke – Great Trumpet Solos (1998, Colin). Articles on jazz in Historic Brass Association Journal, 2000 and 2002.