Ken Peplowski—Swingin’ with Peps

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Interview with Ken Peplowski

I first heard Ken Peplowski some 30 years ago when I purchased his 2nd album as a leader, Sonny Side. I was blown away by his clarinet virtuosity (“Ring Dem Bells”) and his beautiful approach on tenor sax (“Bright Moments”). His very different approaches to sound and styles on these instruments is rare among great clarinet/sax players and led me to stay abreast of his recordings and development. In addition to being a terrific player, he is enormously funny and a wonderful storyteller. He is constantly looking for new musical challenges, as he discusses in this interview. Ken also talks about the support he received as a young player from such notable musicians as Buddy Morrow and Milt Hinton as well as Carl Jefferson of Concord Records. He has recorded in a wide variety of settings as evidenced by his most recent albums with a big band (Sunrise) and a duo with guitar (Amizade). Very much in demand as a soloist, festival director, and clinician, Ken always seems to be working and on the road. To keep up with his performances and to learn more about his recordings, please visit: