Peter & the Master Keys is a unique jazz and blues band that is stacked with some of the finest young musicians in New York City today. We specialize in the kind of soulful, jazz-inflected rhythm and blues that was popularized by greats like Ray Charles in the 50's and 60's, but we also play jazz from the 30's through the 50's - with a whole lot of swing and verve. After all, one of our goals is to evoke the cool sophistication of jazz with the deep rootsy-ness of the blues. Another is to get everyone moving with us, and maybe even traveling to another time with us - to an era when real musicians, with real instruments, reached and moved people through music that was soulful, live, and real. And with three horns (trumpet, tenor sax, baritone sax) and an ace rhythm section (keys, upright bass, drums), you could say that we're something of a "small big band".

From selling out historic concert halls like the Coe House to playing weddings and private events at exclusive venues like Sotheby's and the Upper East Side abodes of foreign ambassadors to the UN, Peter and the Master Keys is establishing itself as the one of the premier jazz and blues bands of New York City.

Contact us at petermaness@gmail.com or click below to book the band through Gigmasters.


Peter Maness

New York City-based upright bassist, bandleader, & singer of jazz and blues

peter maness on the vintage train ride in new york

Peter grew up in North Carolina surrounded by great music: his father’s classical record collection, and the blues and bluegrass music that has always been a part of the Carolinas' cultural history. Peter received degrees in both music and Spanish, later teaching high school Spanish for two years. In 2006 he moved to New York City, where he has since played upright bass in various early jazz bands all across the city, and where he has also allowed himself to follow another one of his passions: singing and playing the blues and rock n' roll music of his youth.

Playing the triple role of bandleader, singer, and bassist, he channels and pays tribute to 1950's blues greats like Ray Charles, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson and others with an excitement and verve that is palpable. Now, with the creation of his own six-piece mini big band Peter and the Master Keys, which performs Peter's original horn arrangements of 1950's blues songs, New York has taken notice. His band performs in distinguished venues around the city such as Sotheby's, the Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel (home of 'Sleep No More') and others, and sells out shows at historic concert halls like the Coe House on Long Island.