Peter Cho, Executive Dean West Bank, Delgado Community College

A graduate of Loyola University (and a recent graduate of the University of New Orleans with a Ph.D. in Educational Administration), Peter Cho is one of the most sought after pianists in the Crescent City. Peter has completed a major project with The Mayor’s office as a special Musical Ambassador to the island of Aruba, for trade discussions and musical exchanges between the two countries.

Along with the James Rivers Movement, Peter has performed for President Bill Clinton on his visit to dedicate the Nashville Street Wharf. Peter has also completed a project for Actor/Director Clint Eastwood on the movie The Bridges of Madison County. Peter is featured with James Rivers, both on screen and on the movie soundtrack.

In addition to his membership in the James Rivers Movement, Peter’s jazz experience also includes The New Orleans Saint’s Band from ‘89-90, The Willie Singleton Quartet, the WBYU Orchestra, the Ed Lewis Orchestra, the Crescent City Big Band, the Chuck Easterling Big Band, the David Hanson Quartet, Eric Traub Trio, Wes Mix Group, Betty Shirly Trio,and two quartets led by Peter, which include Tony Dagradi and Mark Mullins. He can be seen currently with several incarnations of the National WWII Museum’s official groups the Victory Big Band and Victory Six.

In addition to playing regularly in the above bands, Peter has also performed with such greats as Clark Terry, Tito Puente , Candido Camero, Bobby Sanabria, John Fedchock, James Rivers, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Heath, Willie Singleton (Count Basie Band), Tony Dagradi, Johnny Vidacovich (Harry Connick Jr. Band), George Porter, Rick Margitza, Delfeayo Marsalis, Paul McGinley, Bill Huntington and Brian Blade.

Peter has toured both Europe and the U.S. extensively, participating in events such as The Jazz and Ritmo Festival (Aruba), The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The Festival New Orleans, The Performing Arts Festival (Albany NY), West Palm Beach Music Festival, Festival de Latina, and the Padre Island Musical Fest.

In the popular music venue, Peter has performed with the legendary “Deacon” John Moore and the Ivories, bands such as Pilot, Jubilation, The Kristine Mills group, Rumboogie, Entourage as well as the John Lambert Septet. Peter is also known as a veteran Salsa pianist by New Orlean’s Latin community for his work with The Pedro Cruz Band, Ruben “Mr. Salsa” Gonzalez, Freddy Omar, Packy Savedra, Mambo Mania, Kike Bonilla, and Ritmo Caribeano. Peter is Currently the Musical Director of the Big Easy Award Winning Salsa band Caliente’.

Peter has also been busy in the studio, recording for Clint Eastwood, James Rivers, Bobby Marchan, The Able Body Labor Co., The Pedro Cruz Band, The Kristine Mills Group, Wes Mix Quintet, Mayumi Shara, Kathleen Lee, as well as his own Quartet Catalyst.

For 22 years as the pianist for the James Rivers Movement, Peter was seen every Sunday at the Hilton Hotel until the parent corporation discontinued music and internal food services at all of the Hilton Locations. The James Rivers Movement then resided at the World-Famous Blue Room in the Roosevelt Hotel to continue the Weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch Tradition. Currently, the James Rivers Movement holds court every Thursday evening at Irvin Mayfield’s Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel from 8:00 pm until Midnight.

Peter can also be seen at various locations around town as a solo pianist.

Peter is currently the Executive Dean of Delgado Community College West Bank campus, after having served as the Department Head of Music for over 10 years. Peter is also the Jazz Piano Instructor for the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp.