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Twin saxophonists riffing on the old standards at MusicalFare

Peter and Will Anderson, the twin saxophone Wunderkinder, gave a show in May 2015 at MusicalFare Theatre, and it must have brought the house down. Because now, they’re back with a return engagement. The twins, whom the New York Times praised as “virtuosi on clarinet and saxophone,” are in the midst of an intensive tour with guitarist Adam Moezinia. They’ve been playing several times a week at various venues around the country – at jazz clubs, cafes, even a church or two.

It’s all bohemian and old-fashioned, a vibe that suits the twins’ repertoire. But the Andersons, who have appeared with the Jimmy Heath Big Band, the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, can bop as well as the next guy. On the road with their trio, they’ve been improvising freely on a lot of old standards, like “Begin the Beguine,” “Easy Living,” “Darn That Dream,” “My Funny Valentine” and “It Might As Well Be Spring.” Sometimes they play flute, or clarinet – with one of them playing the melody and the other one improvising. The feeling is quiet but creative. You might hear “Sweet and Lovely” set off by a clever riff, or “Georgia on My Mind” introduced by a flute fantasy.

The Anderson Brothers play at 7 p.m. May 22 at MusicalFare Theater (4380 Main St., Amherst, on the campus of Daemen College). Tickets are $25. Call 839-8540, or visit

– Mary Kunz Goldman