Peter Madsen (pianist)

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Peter Madsen
Peter Madsen Unterfahrt OhWeh-002.jpg
Background information
Born (1955-07-19) July 19, 1955 (age 63)
Origin Racine, Wisconsin
Genres Jazz, post-bop, funk, afro-jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, educator, composer
Years active 1970 – present

Peter Madsen is an American jazz pianist.

Early life[edit]

Madsen was born in Racine, Wisconsin, where he started playing classical piano at eight years old and classical double bass at age ten. At thirteen he started to play the piano in the jazz idiom. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he majored in music education. In 1980 he moved to New York City where he got a break in the jazz world when Stan Getz invited him to tour in Europe. After his tour with Getz, he began performing regularly with many jazz musicians. He also embarked on a career as a headliner in the Peter Madsen Trio.[1] He teaches all over the world and runs the Collective of Improvising Artists.


He has performed on over 125 CDs and has worked as a composer and arranger. He has composed over 600 pieces and has recorded hundreds. He has worked with , Tony Allen, Arthur Blythe, Randy Brecker, Oscar Brown Jr., Bobby Byrd, Don Cherry, George Coleman, Lynn Collins, Ravi Coltrane, Pee Wee Ellis, Sonny Fortune, Kenny Garrett, Stan Getz, Benny Golson, Martha High, Toninho Horta, David Liebman, Cheikh Lo, Joe Lovano, Vusi Mahlasela, Maceo Parker, Chris Potter, Mahotella Queens, Dewey Redman, James Spaulding, Stanley Turrentine, and Fred Wesley. He has taught students (like David Helbock) in Austria, Japan, and the United States.[2]

Selected discography[edit]

  • Sequestered Days by Gust Tsillis with Joe Lovano, Billy Hart and Anthony Cox
  • Snuggling Snakes with Lewis Nash, Anthony Cox, Chris Potter, Toninho Horta
  • Three of a Kind with Dwayne Dolphin and Bruce Cox
  • Three of a Kind meets Mr. T with Stanley Turrentine
  • Drip Some Grease with Benny Golson
  • Stick to It by Bruce Cox with Ravi Coltrane
  • Sphere Essence: Another Side of Monk
  • My Vorarlberg
  • Utopia
  • Die Neun Musen with Herbert Walser
  • Thousand Miles Journey – Collective of Improvising Artists
  • Prevue of Tomorrow
  • The Litchfield Suite with Gerald Cleaver and Andy McKee
  • Gravity of Love – Seven Sins Ensemble
  • Transformation – CIA Trio
  • Soul of the Underground – with Alfred Vogel
  • Elvis Never Left The Building – CIA Trio
  • Satin Doll duo with Oliver Rath
  • Never Bet the Devil Your Head – Seven Sins Ensemble

With Fred Wesley

With Mario Pavone

With Kiyoto Fujiwara

  • Manhattan Graffiti Four with Kenny Garrett
  • Manhattan Jazz with Kenny Garrett
  • 60 Miles High with Kenny Garrett and Thomas Chapin
  • Live at Sweet Basil's with Kenny Garrett
  • Concierto de Aranjuez
  • Duke and Mingus
  • In Crowd

With Thomas Chapin


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 9, 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 6, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2017.