Jake Baldwin - Trumpet, Pete Whitman - Saxophones,
Scott Agster - Trombone, Chris Olson - Guitar,
Sean Turner - Piano, Jeff Bailey - Bass,
Peter Kogan - Drums
Peter Kogan began musical studies at age six on the violin, added piano at age eight and drums at age ten. A year later he began serious study with Saul Goodman, timpanist of New York Philharmonic, who would continue to mentor him through high school and undergraduate study at Juilliard. He completed studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Cloyd Duff of the Cleveland Orchestra. He joined the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell in 1969 as Section Percussion. Three years later he was appointed Principal Percussion and Associate Principal Timpani of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
In 1977, his passion for jazz blues and rock got the better of him, and he left the Pittsburgh Symphony to spend six years in New York City as a drum set player and composer. He backed up Blues legends Lightnin' Hopkins, Honey-Boy Edwards, and Jimmy Witherspoon, groups such as the Drifters and the Crystals, and Rock and Roll legend Bo Diddley. He also performed with the Larry Elgart big band and wrote for and performed with the fusion band, Scratch n' Sniff. His work in New York received recognition in a profile that appeared in Modern Drummer magazine. He joined the Honolulu Symphony as drum set player and timpanist in 1984, and joined the Minnesota Orchestra as principal timpani two years later.
Kogan recently began performing jazz drums and composing again, and was heard around Minnesota with The Minnesota Orchestra Jazz Quartet. He retired from the Minnesota Orchestra on November 1, 2015, but continues as timpanist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra on occasion. The Peter Kogan Quartet, Quintet and Septet (THE MONSTERFUL WONDERBAND) are now performing regularly at clubs around the Twin Cities.
Kogan is on the affiliate faculty of the University of Minnesota School of Music, is a member of the Symphonic Committee of the Percussive Arts Society, and designs and builds Klassischewienerpauken ™ (classical viennese timpani) for historically appropriate performances. His drums and restoration service can be seen at klassischewienerpauken.com
His CD of original jazz compositions - "Peter Kogan, CORNUCOPIA" - was released in 2013. His new CD of his latest tunes - "SOME MONSTERFUL WONDERTHING" - was released July 31, 2015. It was named one of the "Top 10 Jazz Albums of the Year" in the Minneapolis Star Tribune annual critics poll. Both albums are available on line at peterkoganmusic.com, amazon.com, and cdbaby.com