Pete Petersen is a jazz saxophonist from the Pacific Northwest. He regularly performs at venues across the western United States and is a favorite of swing, jazz and blues enthusiasts around the region. He currently lives in Portland and is among the area's most in-demand players.
Pete Petersen first became hooked on jazz & blues music as a teenager in Boise, Idaho, when he heard pianist Gene Harris playing in a local club. Gene was playing in a bar that Pete was much too young to get in to legally at the time, so he would sit in the restaurant section and listen from behind the partition.
Later in life, he cut his musical teeth in Denver, Colorado, earning a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, while going out at night to sit in with local jazz heavyweights like Keith Oxman, Ron Miles, and Stefan Karlsson. While in Colorado he was a member of groups that were selected to be finalists in the prestigious Hennessey™ Jazz Search competitions 2 years in a row. He was featured with the band Page IV backing up vocalist Kevin Mahogany on NPR's nationally syndicated JazzSet program. Since relocating to Portland, Oregon, in 1994, he has worked his way to the top of the city's renowned music scene. As a sideman, he has performed with a virtual “who's who” of jazz and swing notables from up and down the west coast, including Bay Area boogie- woogie legend Mitch Woods, swing diva Lily Wilde, the Portland Jazz Orchestra, Grammy-nominated saxophone sensation Patrick Lamb, and pianist/bandleader Solomon Douglas. He is currently a full-time member of the horn section for award-winning blues songstress Ellen Whyte. He is regularly called to play in horn sections for nationally touring groups that run the length and breadth of the stylistic spectrum, from Lynyrd Skynyrd to the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. He arranged and performed on a recording co-produced by Howard Crosby, the nephew of legendary crooner Bing Crosby. As a leader, his band "Porkpie" has hit the national stage, playing jazz and swing festivals in Chicago, Denver, Seattle, and beyond. He has also been featured as a solo performer at jazz festivals throughout the region. His critically-acclaimed latest CD release, entitled “Keep Your Hat On”, was released internationally on Pony Boy Records in January, 2008. Pete Petersen is a proud endorser of Audix™ Microphones and sound equipment.
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