Enric Peidro Bio
A self taught musician,Peidro began playing tenor at the age of fourteen.
A couple of years later he was playing on several blues and rhythm and blues bands. His interest in Jazz developed quickly and since then, Peidro has remained loyal to his musical heros: tenor masters like Ben Webster, Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins ,Lester Young and also some of their disciples, like illinois Jacquet, Arnett Cobb, Buddy Tate, etc
Although Peidro's sound and phrasing are deeply rooted in the swing-era, his approach is so natural and genuine that he has achieved great popularity and is aknowledged as a real “keeper of the flame” among the classic jazz lovers all over Spain. Often labeled in the past as an “outsider" a “rara avis” or “an stylist swinmming against the current” by some Jazz writers, also at the same time he's been always regarded in high esteem by the jazz media (critics, magazines etc) wich have always appreciated his honest, genuine and unpretentious approach and invariably have pointed out the richness of his tenor sound and his knowledge of the classic jazz idiom.
In the later years, he works mainly as a leader with two main units under his name: a quartet consisting on him plus a rhythm section and a six piece band (often augmented to 7 or 8 pieces) wich under the name of Enric Peidro Swingtet has become increasingly popular in the Jazz scene not only in Spain but also in Europe, touring quite a lot and delivering some swingin' jazz to the audiences everywhere. As a leader he has recorded 14 Cds under his own name with several different units and as a sideman his recorded work goes up to 35 Cds at last count..
Beside his projects as a leader, he loves to play in other bands either as a sideman or co-leading band with other musicians. Currently he co-leads a quintet with intertational sax player and entertainer Ray Gelato. Together they have recently recorded an album wich will be released in late Feb 2019. Also, he has recorded and frecuently tours with world class trombone player Dan Barrett among many other musicians
With his own units, Peidro has backed a lot of internatonal singers on tour over Spain like Diane Witherspoon.Sylvia Howard and many others and frecuently his "Swingtet" invites international musicians to join his bands on tour, like for example guitar player Glenn Crytzer who will join the Enric Peidro Swingtet on a tour in Jan-Feb 2019 as well as Australian singer Jessie Gordon or american vocalist Randy Greer wich whom Peidro works regularly.
Always a hard worker, Peidro's schedule keeps him busy most of the year and as he has done for the last 20 years he keeps relentelessly exploring the legacy of the masters of tenor sax he admires, trying to find his personal voice within that musical language and delivering swinging, creative and imaginative music to audiences wordlwide