The Dave Pietro Ensemble
New York University
Artist's BiographyA 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.
From 1994-2003 Dave played lead alto saxophone and recorded six CDâ€™s with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. He has toured and/or recorded with the bands of Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, Maria Schneider, The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, John Fedchock, Mike Holober, Anita Brown, Pete McGuinness, Jim Widner and Arturo Oâ€™Farrill. Pietro has also 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 and John Pizzarelli. Dave also studies East Indian music and has performed with various groups led by Indian tablist Sandip Burman.
As a leader, Dave has released six CDâ€™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 A-Records) was called a â€œrich feast for listenersâ€ by Bill Bennett of Jazz Times. â€œStandard Wonder-The Music of Stevie Wonderâ€ (A-Records) was voted one of the top 10 jazz CDâ€™s of 2001 by Bob Blumenthal of the Boston Globe and Bill Milkowski of Jazz Times and received 4 stars from Downbeat magazine. Pietroâ€™s fifth CD â€œEmbrace: Impressions of Brazilâ€ (2004 A-Records) â€œis a triumph...one of the most satisfying Brazilian jazz mixes since the first bossa nova tsunamiâ€ according to Judith Schlesinger of AllAboutJazz.com.
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 Americaâ€™s New Works Programs to compose and perform his new extended work â€œThe Chakra Suiteâ€ (2008-Challenge). 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 bachelorâ€™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. Dave has given hundreds of workshops and concerts at schools around the country and is sponsored by Rico Reeds and the Conn-Selmer Instrument Company.