Clarinet and Sax Master returns for Big Weekend at Nighttown!
Friday: Quartet Featuring: Ken Peplowski-clarinet & sax, Jackie Warren-piano, Peter Dominguez-acoustic bass, & Jim Rupp-drums.
Saturday: Duo Featuring Ken Peplowski-clarinet & sax, & Don Better-guitar.
“Since the advent of Benny Goodman, there have been too few clarinetists to fill the void that Goodman left. Ken Peplowski is most certainly one of those few. The man is magic.”
- Mel Torme
This quote only hints at Ken Peplowski’s virtuosity – not only is he an outstanding clarinetist and saxophone player, but he’s also a charismatic entertainer who has been delighting audiences for over 30 years with his warmth, wit, and musicianship.
“When you grow up in Cleveland, Ohio, playing in a Polish polka band, you learn to think fast on your feet”, says Peplowski, who played his first pro engagement when he was still in elementary school. “From my first time performing in public, I knew I wanted to play music for a living.”
After a year of college, Ken joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow. “Buddy heard me with my quartet at a Cleveland jazz festival along with Teddy Wilson’s trio and the Dorsey band, and made an offer right then and there for me to not only play lead alto, but to have a feature spot on the clarinet with the rhythm section.
In 1984, Benny Goodman came out of retirement and put together a new band, hiring Ken on tenor saxophone. “I think Benny was as great a figure to the clarinet as Louis Armstrong was to the trumpet.
Peplowski wound up signing with Concord Records and recorded close to 20 albums as a leader, including “The Natural Touch” in 1992 which won Best Jazz Record of the Year