The Artistry of… series is sponsored by the Alzheimer Society Music Project.

The Artistry of… Jeremy Pelt

His horn sounds like a voice. It is as if it instantly translates what he wants to say and what he feels — how he feels and wants you to feel. It is very much like an extension of artistic heart and soul.

The musical disciplines are from two artistic music genres: classical and jazz. His earliest studies were classical music, switching to jazz in his teens. The technical brilliance blends seamlessly and has fostered a unique sound.

Nat Hentoff has described Pelt this way: “It is the beat of Jeremy Pelt’s heart that underscores the future of jazz.” “Lyrically emotive” are words of a phrase of Ralph Miriello in Notes on Jazz. It always seems to come back to the music being lyrical, like that of a voice. As immediate. Vulnerable, valid, and as present.