Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, and Bill Stewart formed a trio in 1989 at a club called in Auggies in NYC (it is now the upper west side jazz haven called Smoke). Since that fateful night this group has toured the world and recorded numerous albums. According to the New York Times, they are the “the best organ trio of the last decade.”
Bernstein was mentored by two guitar legends: Vermont Jazz Center Founder Attila Zoller as well as Jim Hall. Hall has gone on record stating that Bernstein “…has paid attention to the past as well as the future. He is the most impressive guitarist I’ve heard. He plays the best of them all for swing, logic, feel and taste.” Bernstein played and recorded four albums with Lou Donaldson who concurs by saying that “Some people just have it…most of the time you have to teach someone what to do, but Peter knows it all.” Bernstein has twenty albums out as a leader and has also appeared on hundreds of recordings including sessions with Sonny Rollins, George Coleman, Renée Fleming, Jimmy Cobb, Linda Rondstadt, The Blue Note 7, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Melvin Rhyne, Nicholas Payton, Joshua Redman and many others.