Hugh "Peanuts" Whalum
Spanning decades and crossing genres and generations, the 75-years-young Peanuts musicality and sensitivity find perfect expression on the 10 tracks of an album that is both timeless and classic. Produced by his nephew, Kirk Whalum (the chart-topping, No. 1-selling saxophonist who has been relentlessly occupying the top of the charts for the past few years), Hugh "Peanuts" Whalum takes his place among the great interpretative singers and instrumentalists of all time: Tony Bennett, Johnny Matthis, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, among others.
Backing the singer is a stellar band formed around Peanuts trio (the artist himself on piano, tenor sax and vocals) with Rob Block on guitar and Jeff Anderson on bass. The A-list of players includes nephew Kirk joining in on saxophone, Rick Jackson (Amy Grant, Larry Carlton) on additional keys, Chester Thompson (of Genesis fame) on drums, and Lalo Davila on percussion.
Hugh “Peanuts" Whalum was a pianist, singer, tenor saxophonist and uncle to saxophonist Kirk Whalum, who was part of the St. Louis music scene from the late 1940s into the 21st century.