Felix Peikli
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Felix Peikli
Norwegian Clarinetist

Felix Peikli

Tribute to Benny Goodman

JUN 11–23 | 37th San Francisco Jazz Festival

Jun 16, 2019
Joe Henderson Lab

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Clarinetist Felix Peikli is, in the words of eminent critic Ben Ratliff, “a star.” (The New York Times). The 28-year-old Oslo, Norway native is the most exciting young clarinetist to emerge on the scene in over a decade, working as bandleader and collaborator with Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, Danilo Perez, and Ralph Peterson. He makes his SFJAZZ debut with a heartfelt tribute to his earliest influence, clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman and his pioneering trio of the 1930s and 1940s.

Peikli began his musical life at eight, discovering jazz through the life-changing gift of a Goodman album from his grandfather and studying classical music with acclaimed clarinetist Fredrik Fors. He became the youngest recipient of the Capital of Norway Honors Prize and earned a full scholarship to Boston’s Berklee College of Music before making an impact as a sideman and leader of the Felix Peikli Quartet, performing Peikli’s own post-bop compositions with inspiration from global folk music. Simultaneously, the clarinetist has maintained his dedication to the work of his first, most important influence, Benny Goodman. After exploring other aspects of Goodman’s work, including quartet and large group settings, Peikli recreates the late bandleader’s iconic trio of clarinet, piano and drums trio of the 1930s and 1940s that featured pianist Teddy Wilson and Gene Krupa — one of the first racially integrated small groups in jazz history.

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Peikli recreates the late bandleader’s iconic trio of clarinet, piano and drums trio of the 1930s and 1940s.

Forthright and flexible, eager and full-toned — a star, basically.

The New York Times

Forthright and flexible, eager and full-toned — a star, basically.

The New York Times

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Felix Peikli

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Felix Peikli

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