Born: August 10, 1966 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Jazz guitarist Pete McCann has been an integral part of the New York City scene for 20 years. He currently leads an exciting new group of New York's finest jazz artists on his latest CD, Extra Mile, on Nineteen-Eight Records. McCann's other releases, Most Folks, You Remind Me of Someone, Parable, have been widely praised by top jazz critics.
McCann is one of the first-call sidemen in New York. He works in several groups including the Patti Austin band, Lee Konitz Nonet, Chris Tarry Quintet, New York Nonet, Dan Willis Sextet, JD Walter Trio, and Alison Wedding's group. Pete has performed with some of the greats in jazz: Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Lee Konitz, Kenny Garrett, Peter Erskine, Gary Thomas, Greg Osby, Brian Blade, and the Maria Schneider Orchestra. He has appeared on over 50 CDs including: Almost Certainly Dreaming, Chris Tarry group; I Think It's Going To Rain Today, Curtis Stigers; The Other Side of Ellington, The Palmetto All-Stars; Standard Wonder (The Music of Stevie Wonder), Dave Pietro; Round 'Bout Now, George Schuller; and Phase 2, Mahavishnu Project.
Pete's playing encompasses a wide variety of musical styles and genres -- Straight-ahead, Post-Bop, Avant-Garde, Latin, Jazz-Rock Fusion. He has performed throughout the US, Canada and Europe from clubs to jazz festivals, musicals, award shows, and even an opera.
Tracks: Fielder's Choice; Isosceles; Stasis; Extra Mile; Angry Panda; Tributary; Pi; Hybrid, Lonesome Prairie Dog; Rhodes Less Traveled.
Personnel: Pete McCann: guitar. John O'Gallager: saxophones. Henry Hey: piano. Matt Clohesy: bass. Mark Ferber: drums.
Tracks: Most Folks; Jojo's Waltz; Rack 'Em Up; Las Tias; About Face; Yes, My Friend; Hunter Gatherer; JM, Third Wheel; Split Decision; Worth.
Personnel: Pete McCann: guitar. John O'Gallager: saxophones. John Hebert: bass. Mark Ferber: drums. Mike Holober: piano.
You Remind Me Of Someone
Tracks: Knew Blues; You Remind Me Of Someone; Pollock; Falling Grace; Mr. Fritters; Inquisition; I Love You; Letting Go; Ornery; The Patriot.
Personnel: Pete McCann: Guitar. Peter Epstein: saxophones. John Hebert: bass. Mike Sarin: drums.
Tracks: Grimlock; Parable; Mind Bender; Open Gate; Patricia; Gone; Hoedown; Final Passing; Search; Victim Sweepstakes; Hoevenen; Sheriff Bob.
Personnel: Pete McCann: guitar. Peter Epstein: saxophones. Bruce Huron: saxophone. Tim Lefebvre: bass. Matt Wilson: drums.
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
McCann received his Bachelors of Music from the University of North Texas in 1989. He also studied at the prestigious Banff School of the Arts in 1988. Pete is an adjunct faculty guitar teacher at The New School and City College in New York City. He also teaches at the NYU Summer Guitar Intensive, and the Maine Jazz Camp.