He sings, composes, arranges and plays piano as though he's been doing it his whole life. In fact, Peter Cincotti has been making music for most of his 19 years.
Cincotti was born in New York City, and learned to play on a toy piano given to him by his grandmother. But it was his mother who nurtured his interest in music. She bought him a piano, took him to music lessons and even collaborated with him on songwriting.
Peter's introduction to jazz came at age seven, when Harry Connick, Junior invited him onstage to accompany Connick in concert. Cincotti's love affair with the Great American Songbook began after hearing Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday. By age 12, Peter had mastered pop, rock and boogie-woogie piano. He then turned to instrumental jazz by keyboard greats Bill Evans, Erroll Garner, Herbie Hancock and Oscar Peterson. These and other jazz pioneers were key in his love for classic jazz.
Peter Cincotti with Carmen McRae's tribute to Billie Holiday, Miss Brown. With a natural gift for melody and phrasing, Cincotti was hired to play the part of Frank Sinatra in an off-Broadway production called "Our Sinatra." Cincotti became the youngest headliner to play the legendary Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City when he was 18.
I Changed The Rules is one of three originals from Peter Cincotti's debut album.
Produced by pop and rock veteran Phil Ramone, the album showcases Cincotti's varied musical tastes, from The Beatles' Fool On The Hill and Blood, Sweat & Tears' Spinning Wheel, to a haunting rendition of Paul Williams' Rainbow Connection.
Reminiscent of the great Fats Waller, Cincotti delves deep into jazz and blues on this update of Waller's Ain't Misbehavin'.