Listen to a live recording of Peter Zummo and cohorts performing live. Zummo is featured in The Wire 370's Invisible Jukebox, tested by Dave Mandl
In his 40 year career, New York based trombonist and composer Peter Zummo has worked with theatre companies, dance troupes, improvising ensembles, laptop and electronic artists, jazz and rock outfits, and more recently the group Mitra Sumara, who perform 1960s and 70s Iranian pop music.
Zummo also recently toured the UK with a group including trombonist and producer Ralph Cumbers (aka Bass Clef) and DJ and Optimo founder JD Twitch, cellist Oliver Coates as well as frequent collaborators Ernie Brooks and Bill Ruyle. The above recording is from their performance at London's Cafe Oto on 15 October 2014 (recorded by James Dunn).
Zummo has worked with a wide array of artists like Annea Lockwood, Kid Creole And The Coconuts, as well as David Behrman, Yasunao Tone, Pauline Oliveros, Tom Hamilton and choreographer Trisha Brown. But he's best known for his many collaborations with Arthur Russell, from early recordings with the pop group The Necessaries and mutant disco project Dinosaur L, through mid-80s compositions like Instrumentals, to Russell’s last recordings before his death in 1992, including the posthumously released song collection Another Thought.
The latest Russell-related project he has helped spearhead is the tribute album Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, which includes contributions by Lonnie Holley, Sufjan Stevens, Devendra Banhart, Hot Chip and Zummo himself.