Gary Peacock. Born on May 12, 1935, in Burley, ID; divorced. Education: Attended Westlake College of Music, 1952; graduated from University of Washington, 1976.
Joined the Army in 1954 and played in military band as well as his own ensemble; took up bass while playing with his German ensemble, 1956; moved to Los Angeles and toured with Terry Gibbs, 1956; recorded first album with keyboardist Clare Fischer; moved to New York in 1962 and joined pianist Bill Evans's trio in 1963; established trio with Paul Motian and Paul Bley, 1963; briefly joined Miles Davis's quintet, 1964; began recording and performing with saxophonist Albert Ayler; moved to Japan to study Eastern philosophy and medicine while continuing to record sporadically, 1969; be gan recording as a band leader for the ECM label and with Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette, 1977–; joined faculty of Cornish Institute of the Allied Arts in Seattle, 1979; gave master classes at Royal Academy of Music in London, 1990s.
In 1995, Peacock, Bley and trumpeter Franz Koglmann released the album Annette, which featured the music of vocalist Annette Peacock who has been married to both Peacock and Bley. In 1999, Peacock and Bley participated in the album Not Two, Not One, which reunited them with Motian.
Peacock has also recorded two albums with Motian and pianist Mark Copland, which include Peacock's composition "Vignette" and "River's Run." Their work with Copland evokes their classic trio work with both Bill Evans and Paul Bley.
In 2007, the Standards Trio released Setting Standards: New York Sessions, which collects the first three releases culled from the group's 1983 sessions for ECM. The collection is a symbol of the group�s endurance in the jazz community.
Peacock has also had a productive career as an educator. In 1979, he took a teaching position at the Cornish School of the Arts in Seattle, where he remained until 1983. While at Cornish, Peacock developed the Music Theory and Harmony program. In the mid 1990s, Peacock was invited to teach master classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is an active student of Zen Buddhism and lives in Claryville, New York, where he has taught meditation classes at a nearby prison.