A enjoyable, melodic and
swinging collection from the versatile Don Pender.
(San Francisco Chronicle)
Don has a way of composing great vehicles
to play on . This double CD has the relaxed feeling of a jazz club.
While most of us are still trying to master one instrument Don continues to mystify by
excelling on so many different ones. A CD worth having. Check it
(KCSM JAZZ 91)
Multi Instrumentalist and composer Don
Pender has created a beautiful collection of original compositions
and performances that to me are the essence of what jazz is all about Creative
Spontaneity Dons mastery of the technical playing and an
individual stylistic approach to each of his instruments is quite amazing! This is
truly a unique Jazz documentation on the highest level.
Dons new double CD" Zipperman
" shows off his "Tastefully, Unzipped, Sensitivity"
Ed Klitsch (Jazz Vespers, San Francisco )
- Don was nominated for a Grammy 1987 for
"JAZZ INSTRUMENTALISTS OF THE YEAR" for Europe and Japan.
- In 1995 Don designed and built Storyville
"a classic jazz club" and restaurant in San Francisco. He has had Elvin Jones,
James Moody, Jon Faddis, Roy Hargrove, Wallace Roney, George Cables and many others teach
and performed with him at Storyville.
- Don started JEF (Jazz Education Friends) a
non profit program for young adults, who are interested in learning about jazz.
- Don received his BA,
BM Degrees from
Berklee School of Music 1969 and also his Masters Degree from Boston University in
Music Education 1970.
- Hes played with Buddy
Hampton and Les Brown and his band of renown on the Dean Martin show.