Paul Klemperer and the New Hampshire Ensemble
Drawing from American roots music, including classic jazz, blues, R&B, and American Songbook. Paul’s saxophone adds a Gulf Coast flavor from his years of playing in Texas & Louisiana. Paul’s connection to New Hampshire goes back to a childhood summer home, which remains in the family, now enabling him to spend a lot of the summer here. Eight years ago Paul approached Gordon about getting some musicians together. The result is the New Hampshire Ensemble, a powerful array of musical talent that provides high energy music great for listening and dancing. Amazing textures of sax, guitar and keyboard are anchored by superb bass and drums.
The band enjoyed these gigs over the summer, plus a fabulous private party in mid-August.
The quintets repertoire is mostly instrumental jazz with occasional vocals from Paul. Material includes jazz standards and several of Paul's originals. In addition to Paul, the band consists of:
Spencer Peery, guitar
Max Nunnemaker, bass
Gordon Peery, keyboard
Garrett Cameron, drums
For parties and other situations where moving is the order of the day (or night) the band is joined by singer Pati Cloutier. In addition to some jazz favorites the repertoire includes classic rock, blues, funk, all played with dance-inspiring energy.
“Since Mongo Santamaria wrote the tune Afro Blue in 1959, there have been many covers throughout the jazz world and beyond; three of my favorites being John Coltrane, Cal Tjader and Diane Reeves. The main theme/melody of Afro Blue is simple enough, but the tune has always inspired a more complex treatment of instrumental and vocal layering, some more successful than others. Last summer (2018) I happened to be in a park in Peterborough, N.H. listening to a group of local players taking on the venerable Afro Blue, with gusto. These guys, the Klemperer Band really made the tune their own and treated that evening's listeners to a wonderful piece of jazz history, that's as alive and forward looking today as it was in 1959. Bravo!!” ~ Terry Bennett, jazz aficionado.