Peter Schärli: Don't Change Your Hair For Me



Sandy Patton

Sandy Patton was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. As she was born into a musical family where all genres and styles of music were played and heard, enjoyed and appreciated. After high school, she attended Howard University in Washington, D.D. where she began to study voice with Isiah Lurry. While performing in D.C., she had the opportunity to audition for the great Lionel Hampton. As she was selected as the singer for the "Lionel Hampton Inner Circle" she made her first European tour. After three years of touring with Lionel Hampton and living in New York, she decided to move to Miami, Florida. There she continued to hone her craft and well as attending University of Miami. There she was selected to perform a European festival tour with the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band. She also, studied voice at University of Miami with Dr. Robert Brewster. While living in Miami, she performed with the Duffy Jackson Trio, the Billy Marcus Quintet. In the ten years she lived in Miami, she performed with Cab Calloway, Paquito D'Rivera, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Grey, Buddy Defranco, James Moody and more. Later, Sandy performed in Marseille, France and decided to make Europe her home. Then moving to Bern, Switzerland she became the professor for the Jazz Vocal Department of the Swiss Jazz School which became the Hochschule der Kunst Bern for 18 years. She has also recorded and toured with the Who?s Who of Jazz, Clark Terry, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Eddy Jones, Buster Cooper, Bobby Durham. See CD, "When Legends Meet". As well as producing her own CD's. Sandy has performed and given masterclasses and workshops throughout USA, Europe, Russia, Siberia, South Korea, Mozambique. And continues to do projects in formations from duo, quartet, big band, chamber and symphony orchestras.
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Antonia Giordano

In 1986, Antonia Giordano was the first female to graduate from the Swiss Jazz School. Antonia Giordano stumbled upon the guitar at the age of 13, and since then she has been filled with passion an love fort the instrument. She has been involved in various projects and has played in numerous bands as well as with many musicians including Herbie Kopf, Sandy Patton, Vince Benedetti, Andy Scherrer, Hämi Hämmerli, Dom Um Romão, Thomas Dürst, Wege Wüthrich, Corinne Windler and Sarah Zaugg.
Recently, she has been playing with the rock-blues band "Van Dango", which ist made up of the rhythm section of Polo Hofer’s "Schmetterband" as well as Mairanna Polistena. Being part of "Peter Schärli: Don't Change Your Hair For Me" has developed into a long-standing friendship and great love for lyrical jazz. When not perfoming, Antonia Giordano lectures music at PHBern (teacher training college).

Thomas Dürst

Thomas Dürst started to play the double bass when he was fifteen. Now he is one of the most sought-after freelance bass players in Switzerland. Innumerable concerts with various bands of different musical styles bear witness to his skills. Since 1983 he teaches at the "Bern University of the Arts" (HKB). Thomas Dürst plays/has played and recorded, among others, with John Tchicai, Al Grey, Hal Singer, Sandy Patton, Rick Margitza, Vince Benedetti, Joe Haider, Urs Blöchlinger, Nadja Stoller, Donat Fisch, Peter Schärli, Victoria Mozalevskaya.

Peter Schärli

Born in Schötz LU, Switzerland. He began to play the trumpet at the age of ten. He studied at the Swiss Jazz School in Berne and closed his studies in 1981. Since 1978 he has been working as a professional musician and has played with many different artists and bands, nationally and internationally, in various contexts and styles: Stella Rambisai Chiweshe, Irène Schweizer, Sandy Patton, Dom Um Romão, Burhan Oeçal, Fredy Studer, Tony Marsh, Pierre Favre, Lucas Niggli, Gerry Hemingway, Peter Kowald, Christian Weber, Vince Benedetti, Uli Scherer, Christy Doran, Rick Margitza, Hans Koch, Macanda McIntyre, Joe McPhee, Johannes Bauer, Paul Rutherford...
"Jerry Dental Kollekdoof" (Musiktheater), "Cameleon" (Salsa), "Steel Pulse" (Reggae), "Conelli" und "Roncalli" (Zirkus), "Federlos" (Zirkustheater), "Legfek Orchester" von Urs Blöchlinger, "Le Phils Ocean Park" von Roland Philipp, "European Chaos String Quintet", Michel Wintsch und "Road Movie featuring Gerry Hemingway", "Donat Fisch Quartett", soloist in projects by Daniel Ott, "erb_gut featuring Peter Schärli", "Orkester Ben Jeger", "Root Down" von Tommy Meyer...
Peter Schärli has played at music and theater festivals in Europe, India, the former USSR, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Burkina Faso, Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia.
In addition to "Peter Schärli: Don’t change your hair form me" he leads his other projects: "Feigenwinter-Moreira-Schärli", "Sound Experience" (Lauren Newton, Sylwia Zytynska, Jean-Jacques Pedretti, Peter Schärli) and "Peter Schärli Trio featuring Glenn Ferris" (Glenn Ferris, Hans-Peter Pfammatter, Thomas Dürst, Peter Schärli).
As a sideman he presently plays with "Roberto Domeniconi >>Vierklang", "Der Grosse Bär", the "Federlosband" by Co Streiff, "Jazzinteam" by Gitte Deubelbeiss etc.
He has also cooperated as a composer and/or trumpet player in several theaters, circusses, films and radio plays. Peter Schärli teaches music at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts where he began instructing in 1981.

Just as Peter Schärli’s appearance and character seem not to age, his music, too, has something timeless and indisputable about it. "It’s simple and natural, like all great art," as Peter Rüedi aptly put it.
Pirmin Bossart, May 29 2015, Willisauer Bote

Schärli, who has long been judged on the wrong level and misunderstood as a Miles Davis imitator, is more like a steadfast melancholic (if there is such a thing), a real dreamer, a kind of (let’s risk the unspeakable) Robert Walser of Swiss Jazz.
Peter Rüedi, May 22 1997, Die Weltwoche No. 21