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Peter Whitman

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Virtuoso Alto Saxophone and Virtuoso Tenor Saxophone

Since 1988, Whitman has performed with such varied and distinguished ensembles and musicians as the Minnesota Orchestra, Michael Feinstein, Debbie Boone, Rosemary Clooney, Jack McDuff, Barbara Dennerlein, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Dave Stryker, Curtis Fuller, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Andres Prado, Laura Caviani and the Hornheads. He has also recorded extensively as a sideman and has three CDs out under his name: Departure Point on Igmod Records, The Sound of Water and Where’s When, both on the Artegra label. His latest CD, Where’s When, features the X-tet, a ten piece ensemble led by Whitman which was named among the top 20 best locally produced CDs by the Minneapolis Star and Tribune (Jan.2, '04) and received a four star rating by Downbeat Magazine (Feb.'04). He has also composed numerous compositions, including an original score for the documentary Been Rich All My Life ('06) by Toots Crackin’ Productions.


Whitman received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in music from North Texas State University, majoring in jazz studies and minoring in flute performance. A dedicated teacher, Whitman heads the Brass & Woodwinds Department at McNally Smith College in St. Paul, Minnesota and is very active as an educator and clinician. 


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