WESLEY CHAPEL — As director for the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, Patrick McDermott is always looking for new acts to broaden the horizons of local students as well as members of the public who are interested in music. So when he got a call from a friend in New Jersey telling him to check out a couple of 20-something, saxophone-playing identical twins, he followed up.
McDermott, who has a long-held fondness for jazz, liked what he heard and ended up booking the the Anderson Brothers for a daytime student workshop/performance and an evening public performance Monday at the Wesley Chapel venue.
"Their repertoire is very wide," McDermott said. "I really like the fact that they play all genres of jazz — New Orleans jazz, to '30s and '40s swing, to bebop music of the '50s and '60 to modern jazz."
There's no doubt the Peter and Will Anderson, who list Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Charlie Parker among their influences, come with an impressive resume. Both earned master degrees from the Juilliard School in New York. They have performed with Wynton Marsalis, the legendary Jimmy Heath and at numerous festivals and venues with their own band, including two off-Broadway jazz shows that pay tribute to Artie Shaw and the Dorsey Brothers. Their 2013 debut album Correspondence (Smalls Records) has been well received among jazz aficionados and earned them a nod from Vanity Fair magazine as one of "four new releases to make you love jazz."
"I anticipate them doing a fantastic show," McDermott said. "And for the students, well this will be quite an experience to see a couple of young guys who are making a living playing jazz."