Alto Flute AF201 and Bass Flute BF203
A native of Southboro, Massachusetts, Dave Pietro has been
on the New York music scene since 1987.
His talents as a gifted saxophonist, composer, and educator have made
him an in-demand musician who has performed at jazz clubs, jazz festivals, schools
and concert halls in more than 30 countries throughout Asia, Australia, Europe,
North and South America.
Dave is currently a member of the Grammy Award-winning Maria
Schneider Orchestra and the award winning Gil Evans Project. From 1994-2013 he played lead alto saxophone
and recorded seven CD’s with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. He has also toured and/or recorded with the
bands of Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, The Village Vanguard
Jazz Orchestra, John Fedchock, Mike Holober, Anita Brown, Pete McGuinness, Jim
Widner, Arturo O’Farrill and Pedro Giruardo.
Pietro has performed with may other well known musicians such as Paul
Anka, Louis Bellson, Blood Sweat & Tears, Bobby Caldwell, Ray Charles,
Rosemary Clooney, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Feinstein, Chaka Khan, Liza
Minnelli, James Naughton, John Pizzarelli and Jeff Coffin. Dave has studied East Indian music and
performed with various groups led by Indian tablist Sandip Burman.
As a leader, Dave has released six CD’s with musicians such
as Dave Holland, Kenny Werner, Ben Monder, Bill Stewart, Brian Blade, Scott
Colley, Scott Wendholt, Duduka De Fonseca, Helio Alves and Pete McCann. "Now Becoming Then" (1999) was
called a “rich feast for listeners” by Bill Bennett of Jazz Times. “Standard Wonder-The Music of Stevie Wonder”
(2001) was voted one of the top 10 jazz CD’s of 2001 by Bob Blumenthal of the
Boston Globe and Bill Milkowski of Jazz Times and received 4 stars from
Downbeat magazine. Pietro’s fifth CD
“Embrace: Impressions of Brazil” (2004) “is a triumph...one of the most
satisfying Brazilian jazz mixes since the first bossa nova tsunami” according
to Judith Schlesinger of AllAboutJazz.com.
He also co-leads an international quartet "The New York-Tokyo
Connection" (NYTC) with pianist Jonathan Katz. Their third CD "Live at the
Bb-Flat" (Tokyo) will be released in May 2014.
Dave was selected as a semi-finalist for the first two
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Saxophone Competitions (1991
& 1996) and was a finalist in the 1995 JAZZIZ Magazine "Woodwinds on
Fire" talent search. In 1996 he was
the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2005 and 2007 he received grants from
Chamber Music America’s New Works Programs to compose and perform his new
extended work “The Chakra Suite” (2008).
Featuring Gary Versace, Rez Abbasi, Todd Isler, Johannes Weidenmueller
and Adam Cruz it was voted one of the top CD's of 2008 by All About Jazz .
Pietro received a bachelor’s degree in music education from
North Texas State University where he toured and recorded four albums with the
school's One O'Clock Lab Band. He has a
Master of Arts degree in jazz composition from New York University where he
currently holds the position of Music Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies.