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Pietro, Dave

Pietro, Dave, saxophonist; b. Southboro, MA; His father is Ralph Pietro (born 1938), his mother is Ann Pietro (Jolie) (born 1941), his brother is Matthew (born 1966) and his sister is Laura (born 1973).

A native of Southboro, Massachusetts, Pietro has been on the New York jazz scene since 1987. 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 and many other ensembles. Presently, he is the lead alto saxophonist for the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and has recorded four CD's with the band since becoming a member in 1994. He has worked in the orchestras of dozens of different Broadway musicals and has played at jazz clubs, jazz festivals and concert halls in more than 30 countries throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America.

Pietro has also performed with many other well known bands and musicians including: Paul Anka, Louis Bellson, Blood Sweat & Tears, Bobby Caldwell, Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Feinstein, Liza Minnelli and John Pizzarelli.

Pietro holds 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 also holds a master's degree in jazz composition from New York University. Currently he is an adjunct faculty member for the City College of New York, Hofstra University, New York University and Long Island University (CW Post Campus). Dave is sponsored by the Selmer Instrument Company and has given hundreds of workshops and concerts at schools around the country.

Forgotten Dreams (1996); Wind Dance (1998); Now Becoming Then (1999); Standard Wonder (2001); Embrace (2003)
As sideperson:
The Collection Jazz Orchestra: Playin' in the Park (1985); North Texas State One O'Clock Lab Band: A Tribute to Stan Kenton (1986), Lab '86 (1986), Live in Australia (1986), Lab '87 (1987); The Collection Jazz Orchestra: Straight Ahead (1987); Maynard Ferguson: Live in London (1990); Bruce Saunders Quintet: Forget Everything (1994); Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra: The Four Seasons of Morita Village (1996); Pete McGuinness Quintet: Slidin' In (1998); Bruce Saunders Quintet:  Likely Story  (1998); Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra: Monopoly Game (1998), Tribute to Duke Ellington (1999); Darryl White: Ancient Memories (1999); A-Records All-Stars: A-Records All-Stars (2000); Heather Bennett: All Through the Night (2000); Jim Widner Big Band The JW Big Band Rides Again (2000); Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra: Hiroshima-Rising from the Abyss (2001)

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 and in 2002 he was selected as runner-up in the Second Annual Jazzconnect.com International Jazz Competition.

Contact information:
Dave Pietro
22-37 28th Street
Astoria, Queens, NY 11105
tel/fax (718)932-0481
(E-mail) DPietro@compuserve.com

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