About The JAZZ CORPS
During the fall of 1963, I got a few of my friends together and made some recordings of my new music. This was a band of virtuosos which made it easy for me, the writer, to completely indulge myself. Inspired by President Kennedy and his creation, the Peace Corps, I called the group The Jazz Corps.
Jazz Without Borders is True Freedom.
Now for the first time those recordings of The Jazz Corps are being released and is entitled "JAZZHEADS" ' 2010 Plastic Echo
Records Clifford Woods ' Alto, Bill Plummer ' Bass, Maurice Miller ' Drums, Peltier ' Cornet
Howard Rumsey, who owned the Lighthouse club in Hermosa Beach, California, hired the band on a regular basis. He recorded the live performances and now those recordings are available on the Music page of this site.
In 1966 Pacific Jazz took the band in the studio with guest jazz giant Rashaan Roland Kirk and we recorded our first album entitled "THE JAZZ CORPS under the direction of Tommy Peltier featuring Roland Kirk." with Freddy Rodriguez on reeds, Lynn Blessing on vibes, Bill Plummer on bass, Maurice Miller on drums, Peltier on cornet and Kirk on tenor, flute, manzello & stritch.
"This is a group that could appeal to the youngsters of the flower generation as well as listeners of longer standing. It is a group of today, combining essences and aspects of Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, the Beatles and nonspecific Latin elements. With Kirk in fine form, this is an album to which you should open your ears and hearts." Ira Gitler, Downbeat Magazine 1967
"The Jazz Corps was one of the best-kept secrets of the freedom movement of the 1960s. It reflected the innovations of Ornette Coleman and melded them with the New Orleans spirit of its leader, Peltier. For all of its adventurousness, the music is accessible and, nearly 30 years later, timeless and fresh." Doug Ramsey, Jazz Times, 1995
Tommy Peltier's Jazz Corps "LIVE AT THE LIGHTHOUSE" 1963 ' 67
"This release elicits notions of discovering a rare artistic masterpiece in an attic. These performances at California's infamous Lighthouse, capture a band that infused elements of open-ended group improve, with a firmly rooted Bop disposition. " Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz, 2002
Chariot of Astral Light
Toward the end of the '60s, do to an internal injury to my right side, I could no longer play the cornet. My great love for 25 years was to be no more. Needless to say this was a heartbreaker. Encouraged and inspired by my friend Judee Sill and others, I started singing and playing the guitar. Since I never sang before, it came out like I played the horn, different.
In the early 1970's I got together with Judee Sill and put together a number of folk-rock bands. A CD with Quicktime videos from that period came out for the first time in September of 2005 and is entitled; "CHARIOT OF ASTRAL LIGHT" Tommy Peltier Featuring Judee Sill ' 2005 Black Beauty Records.
"Chariot of Astral Light ' this is Peltier's own beguiling brew ' this mellow mix of jazzy electric folk is loose but appealing." Mick Houghton, Uncut Magazine , 2005
In 2007 more recordings from the early '70s along with some new songs were released on a CD entitled, "Now and Yesterday" Plastic Echo Records.
About The Plastic Theatre Art Band
During the '90s I brought my avant-garde pop performance group, Plastic Theatre Art Band, to clubs and concert halls around Southern California. We performed with prominent dancers and companies such as The Rudy Perez Performance Ensemble and The Los Angeles Modern Dance and Ballet.The CD "LIVE AT LUNA PARK" was released in 1995, Herman's, Germany
" Plastic and Art; these are the poles in which Peltier and his freestyle project Plastic Theatre Art Band impishly swing'. a global sound circus'cloudy dream poetry fusing perfectly with equally lofty music." Arne Willander, Rolling Stone , 1996
Tommy Peltier's Plastic Theatre Art Band "MARCH OF THE NEMATODES" was released in 2001, Plastic Echo Records. This is a compilation album that begins with a Bug Ballet Suite in three parts recorded in 2001, followed by bands from the 1980s with notable players such as Robbie Krieger and Don Preston. The last six songs are live in-studio performances by the Plastic Theatre Art Band recorded during the 1990s.
Tommy Peltier's Plastic Theatre Art Band "HERE TODAY 2008" Plastic Echo Records. This album has songs about my home town New Orleans and other areas in Louisiana.
While driving on the back roads of Louisiana, I came across "THE FROG'S BREATH SALOON" sitting right on the Tickfaw River. It and other places in that beautiful country inspired this album.
My new album "Love, Women and Song" is now available.
This is an eclectic mix of Rock, Bop, Pop, Classical and Jazz.