Mit dem amerikanischen Posaunisten/Sänger/Komponisten und Big Band Leader Pete McGuinness haben wir einen der NYC-Cats ins Boot geholt. Pete, ehemaliger Student des großen Bob Brookmeyer, sang und spielte mit den BigBands von Woody Herman, Maria Schneider – arbeitete mit Größen wie Jimmy Heath. Grammy-Nominierung 2008 in der Kategorie “best arrangement”.
Originally from West Hartford, Connecticut, Pete has been an active professional New York City jazz trombonist/composer-arranger since 1987. He has performed as trombonist with such groups as The Woody Herman Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Heath, and The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, and appears on numerous jazz CDs. Pete leads and/or co-leads several of his own jazzgroups, including The New York Trombone Conspiracy, and the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra, his new 16-piece big band which performs regularly in the NYC area. The orchestra’s debut CD “First Flight” was released nation-wide in June of 2007 on the Summit Records label to much critical acclaim (“4-stars”: Downbeat Magazine) and radio airplay, and includes Pete’s GRAMMY-nominated arrangement of the Charlie Chaplin classic song “Smile”.
Pete has been awarded numerous commission grants to compose original works, including awards from the NEA, and has had his music performed by Dave Liebman, Marvin Stamm, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, and The Westchester Jazz Orchestra. He also is a past semi-finalist of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for vocalists. Pete is the professor of Jazz Arranging at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. His published compositions/arrangements are available through Otter Music Distributors and Kendor Music, and at Pete’s website. Pete’s educational degrees include Bachelor of Music (University of Miami, 1986), and Master of Music (Manhattan School of Music, 1987).