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Pete Ayres Quartet

St. Louis native Pete Ayres performs in a wide range of styles and is generally regarded as a "crossover" artist with his musical roots firmly based in jazz. Ayres’ voice ranges from smooth and airy to raw and soulful, while his songwriting and performances cover a mix of jazz, pop, soul and R&B. Heavily influenced by jazz artists like Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling and Nat King Cole, Ayres has developed a distinct singing/songwriting style, able to smoothly move from a ballad like “Georgia On My Mind” to a 90’s pop hit like “Wonderwall.” His jazz education and R&B influences shine through on “Till I See You” (2015), while his latest album “6 Years Ago” (2022) radiates gritty retro soul and funk.

Currently a New York City based musician, Ayres began with a BA in Vocal Jazz Performance from Webster University and has since performed at major music venues and festivals along the east coast, west coast and midwest, including Birdland Jazz Club, The Blue Note, Brooklyn Bowl, Bowery Ballroom, Tower Theater and the Hippodrome Theater, alongside pop artists like Gavin DeGraw, Mat Kearney and Plain White T’s. He has also performed with The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus on the popular NPR show “Radiolab” and at one of the most renowned venues in the world, Carnegie Hall.

Ayres’ latest album “6 Years Ago” includes the standout singles “I.O.U,” “Take Me Back” and “Troubling.” Ayres is set to release his first trio EP later this year (2023).