Jazz Planet founder Peter Donald studied composition at Boston’s Berklee College of Music while playing drums in the local Boston clubs with many jazz greats, including Al Cohn-Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Sam Rivers, Charlie Mariano, Paul Bley and John Abercrombie. Peter has lived in Los Angeles since 1971, and has worked and recorded with such pop acts as Helen Reddy, Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen. He has done a variety of television and film work as a player, producer and musical contractor and was executive producer of Dick Halligan & Associates, an L.A. based commercial and film music house.
While in Los Angeles, Peter has recorded and toured with the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band, winner of Downbeat’s Critics and Readers Poll, and singer Carmen McRae. He was a member of the John Abercrombie Quartet, a cooperative group which he co-founded. The quartet toured extensively in the United States, Europe and Japan and played major jazz festivals including Newport-New York, Monterey, North Seas and Antibes.
From 1988 to 1992, Peter was director of the Percussion Program at the Grove School of Music in L.A., while continuing to work in commercial production and record with various groups including the Denny Zeitlin Trio and the prestigious L.A. based Bob Florence Limited Edition. From 1992 through 2000, Peter brought his varied professional experience to his position as a partner and music supervisor for the internationally known advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. He then formed 2beat productions, a music consulting and production company for commercials. 2beat has since morphed into Jazz Planet, a music licensing website that supplies media production companies with original jazz tracks.