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Drummer, Pete Zimmer, moved to New York City in June of 2001, and has since established himself as one of the top-call drummers in New York City’s jazz scene. Originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin, Zimmer has made his mark nationally and internationally as a versatile and articulate drummer, bandleader, sideman, composer, educator, and record label entrepreneur.


Since 2004, Pete Zimmer released five (5) critically acclaimed albums as a leader on his own record label, Tippin’ Records. The albums showcase both his constant swing on the drums and his skillful and melodic compositions. His composition, “Time That Once Was,” a moving ballad recorded on his first album Common Man, was recently licensed to Sony Pictures Television where it was featured in the opening scene of the series they produce “Masters of Sex” (Episode 307, Monkey Business), aired on Showtime. He has received many accolades from major publications. "Pete Zimmer has learned his New York lessons well, as his dry tone, meaty swing beat and subtle accents make him an old hand” (Down Beat), and "Zimmer's drumming boasts a crisp, swinging command with judicious musicality." (Modern Drummer)


Zimmer’s band has performed at many of the prominent jazz venues in New York City including: The Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Smoke Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland Jazz Club, The Kitano, Fat Cat, and Cornelia Street Café. He has toured throughout much of the USA and the United Kingdom. Throughout the years his group has featured many of the top musicians in New York City including: Mike Rodriguez, Joel Frahm, Jeremy Pelt, George Garzone, Peter Bernstein, Avi Rothbard, David Wong, Peter Slavov, Rick Germanson, Toru Dodo, John Sullivan, Mike DiRubbo, Ryan Kisor, Vitaly Golovnev, George DeLancey, Jerry Weldon, Joseph Lepore, Jaleel Shaw, Robert Rodriguez, Jeb Patton, and others.


Pete Zimmer is a highly regarded educator and clinician. He has presented clinics and masterclasses at many top collegiate jazz programs throughout the United States and United Kingdom. He is a faculty member with the New York Jazz Academy since 2009.


As an active sideman, Zimmer can be heard on the latest recording by legendary bassist Ron McClure Trio, Hope and Knowledge. (McJolt Records, 2017) He has also performed and/or recorded with the likes of: George Garzone, Rodney Jones, Dennis Irwin, David Schnitter, Akiko Tsuruga, Rick Germanson, Julius Tolentino, Gene Perla, Tom Kennedy, Wayne Escoffery, Dan Nimmer, and many others.


Pete Zimmer’s record label, Tippin’ Records, was originally established to feature his own projects, but after having much success with his first few releases, it did not take long for other artists to solicit their projects to Tippin’. In 2009 Zimmer decided to expand the catalogue and encompass additional artists.  The first additional artist was trumpeter Vitaly Golovnev with the release of To Whom It May Concern and was followed by guitarist Kyle Asche Organ Trio (featuring legendary organist Melvin Rhyne), Blues for Mel. The label now has a total of one dozen releases and six artists.


Before moving to New York, Zimmer studied at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois and at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, earning his bachelors degree. At the Conservatory he was fortunate to have apprenticeships with master musicians and teachers Danilo Perez, Cecil McBee, George Garzone, Bob Moses, Jerry Bergonzi, and Bob Brookmeyer.


All Music Guide stated, “Pete Zimmer's fourth recording as a bandleader and composer might stake his claim as a modern day version of Art Blakey."

 

 RECORDINGS

Leader Recordings:

 

Prime of Life

Pete Zimmer

TIP1108

Released: 4/2012

 

Pete Zimmer Drums

George Garzone tenor sax

Peter Bernstein guitar

Peter Slavov bass

 

 

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Chillin' Live @ Jazz Factory

Pete Zimmer Quartet
feat. Jeremy Pelt

TIP1104

Released: 9/2008

 

Pete Zimmer Drums

Jeremy Pelt trumpet/flh

Avi Rothbard guitar

David Wong bass

 

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Judgment

Pete Zimmer Quintet
feat. George Garzone

TIP1103

Released: 10/2006

Pete Zimmer drums

George Garzone tenor sax

Joel Frahm tenor sax

Michael Rodriguez trumpet

Toru Dodo piano

John Sullivan bass

David Wong bass

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Burnin' Live at the Jazz Standard

Pete Zimmer Quintet
TIP1102

Released: 6/2006

 

Pete Zimmer drums

Michael Rodriguez trumpet/flh

Joel Frahm tenor sax

Toru Dodo piano

David Wong bass

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Common Man

Pete Zimmer Quintet

TIP1101

Released: 9/2004

 

Pete Zimmer drums

Michael Rodriguez trumpet

Joel Frahm tenor sax

Toru Dodo piano

Rick Germanson piano

John Sullivan bass

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Sideman Recordings:

 

Vitaly Golovnev
What Matters
(Tippin' Records TIP1109)
Released: June, 2012

Vitaly Golovnev trumpet
Zhenya Strigalev alto sax
Nathan Peck bass
Pete Zimmer drums


Kelly Dickson &
Werner Kristiansen

Doodlin’
(Lady K)
Released: 2008

Kelly Dickson (Vocals)
George Garzone (Sax)
Werner Kristiansen (gt)
Jeff Pedraz (b)
Pete Zimmer (ds)


George Garzone
One Two Three Four

(Stunt 7012)
Released: 2007

George Garzone (Tn/Sp Sax)
Chris Crocco (gt)
Dennis Irwin (b)
Pete Zimmer (ds)

 

Cary Brown Trio
Released: 2006

Cary Brown (p)
Jeremy Allen (b)
Pete Zimmer (ds)


Pete Robbins
Centric

(Telepathy)
Released: 2002

Pete Robbins (Alto Sax)
George Garzone (Tenor Sax)
Mike Gamble (gt)
Chris Van Voors Van Beest (b)
Pete Zimmer (ds)


 

     

 



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