Composer/Vocalist and Keyboard musician Linda Peterson is one of the most popular performers in both the State of Minnesota and the California Desert. Once you meet Linda, you will understand why. She is truly a warm and caring person and when you add her fabulous musical talents, you know why she is so popular! Linda with her warm personality is just one of a large extended family whose members have performed in the Minnesota area for over 50 years. What I particularly like about Linda is that she has the rare ability to select only those songs that have the finest lyrics and melodies. Linda only sings and plays the "Best of the Best" from the Great American Songbook. The music she composes is also beautiful and meets her high standard of performing only the best of lyric and melody. Linda is always busy here in the Desert. She plays at Woody's Palm House in Palm Springs every Thursday night starting at 6:30. She also has a regular gig at Backstreet Bistro every Saturday starting at 12.30pm.
Tonight's performance at Woody's in Palm Springs was very special because Linda was joined by her son and world-class Alto Sax player, Jason Peterson DeLaire. Like his mother, Jason can do it all musically. His primary instrument is Alto Sax but he also plays Piano and is a great Blues singer. Jason was here because he is touring with Michael Bolton with whom he has played with for years. He was scheduled to do a concert program with Michael at Fantasy Springs Casino the following night but here he was enjoying the chance to jam with his talented musical mother on his one night off. Fred Astaire once famously said "Got to dance, Got to dance" and Jason says "Got to play, Got to play". The Peterson family is one special musical gift to the world! Tonight we were treated with several Jazz vocals from Jason. He loves the Blues and he sings like he was born and raised in New Orleans.
As an extra musical bonus tonight, Linda welcomed a couple of outstanding musicians to join her and Jason. The musicians are visiting from Amsterdam and call themselves the Amsterdam Connection. Tim Welvaars is a terrific harmonica player and his partner, Naomi Adriaansz is a wonderful Tenor Sax player. They all joined in for several tunes and it was very entertaining. Jason's Blues voice and phrasing complimented Tim's Harp work and Naomi's Tenor sounds. And of course, Linda's keyboard tied the group together.
I must mention that Woody's Palm House is one of the best places to hear live music in the Valley. The owner, Wayne Woodliff, has done a spectacular job of fully renovating the entire interior and it's beautiful. And unlike most Jazz clubs, the food is also outstanding. Wayne is a strong supporter of live music and has live Jazz and R & B seven nights a week at Woody's.
I have attached a "YouTube" of Linda Peterson and Jason Peterson DeLaire playing "The Girl From Ipanema". I also found a "YouTube" of Jason playing keyboard and singing the "Christmas Song". I know Christmas is over but since it has been so cold this winter, I thought it would be ok. I wanted you to experience Jason's vocal and deep rich voice.