Growing up in a musical family in Holland, Peter Beets has been playing piano since he was big enough to reach the keyboard. His mother taught him the classics, and his father introduced him to the music of Oscar Peterson. He set his sights on jazz and never looked back.
Playing jazz piano for over 30 years in trios and big bands, his first hit was “First Date” in 1996. He and his brothers Marius and Alexander formed the The Beets Brothers in 1985: piano, bass, and tenor saxophone.
Playing on both sides of the Atlantic: piano trios in New York and with the Jazzorchestra for the Concertbebouw in the Netherlands, he’s racked up a number of recordings and awards: Pall Mall Swing Award, Princess Christina Award, Prix Martial Solal, as well as the Concours de Solistes de Jazz. He has shared the stage with jazz greats such as Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, “Toots” Thielemans, Elvin Jones, George Coleman, Johnny Griffin, Benny Golson and Kurt Rosenwinkel.
He’s the most energetic pianist since Jerry Lee Lewis. Tune in Sunday and hear for yourself.
Your on-ramp to Jazz Radio
Sunday evening is time for supper, time to unwind one last time before back-to-work Monday, and it’s time for jazz. Colors of Jazz is your time to relax to the music that sounds like America, going all the way back to Louis Armstrong, through the big band era that launched Ellington and Basie, then bop and hard bop, Miles Davis and the cool, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, reaching past the West Coast sound of Tom Scott and Dave Brubeck. Guitar legends like Wes Montgomery, Charlie Hayden, and Pat Metheny. It’s the timeless voices of Ella, Lady Day, Sara Vaughn, and others. Jazz is Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Return to Forever, the fusion sounds of Weather Report and Passport. Jazz is the new sounds of Snarky Puppy, Stefon Harris, and Trombone Shorty.
It’s the sound of New Orleans, KC, New York, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, and all places in between. It’s as big as the Grand Canyon and as small as Monk playing solo piano. A century old music tradition, jazz is what America sounds like, and it’s yours to listen to come Sunday evening.
Scott Hopkins, Tim Wright, and Winston Williams bring this to you every Sunday from six to eight. Tune in, put your feet up, and relax. It’s not yet Monday, and you don’t have to stay up all hours of the night to hear jazz. It’s right here on Tampa’s last local radio station, WMNF.
“Jazz isn’t dead. It just smells funny.” — Frank Zappa.
24/7 Streaming Jazz
Looking to scratch your jazz itch? Radio Swiss Jazz from Swiss Broadcasting, SRF has a round the clock streaming jazz music program. Featuring both classic and new jazz from all around the world, this is a treat for the ears when you need that jazz fix, but it’s Thursday and three days away from Colors of Jazz on WMNF. Save the link: https://www.radioswissjazz.ch/en The web site is in English, German, French, and Italian, and they have a considerable archive of great jazz music. Apps for iPhone and Android are available.
Local Jazz Organizations
Links to local jazz bands