Pete McGuinness

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Born: September 2, 1963    Primary Instrument: Trombone

Pete McGuinness

Pete McGuinness has been an active New York City jazz trombonist, composer-arranger (2008 GRAMMY nominee for his big band/vocal arrangement of “Smile”), vocalist, bandleader and jazz educator since 1987. As a young man growing up in West Hartford, Connecticut, Pete spent his teen-age years studying jazz trombone and arranging, sitting- in with the local Hartford-area professionals musicians, as well as participating in the renowned Hall High School jazz program. By this time, Pete had become firmly committed to a future as a jazz musician. He went on for his formal musical training at the New England Conservatory, the University of Miami (Bachelor of Music in jazz 1986), and finally onto New York City, attending the Manhattan School of Music (Master of Music in jazz, 1987). From that point on, Pete became busy in the NYC jazz scene as a trombonist, an arranger-composer, and later a jazz vocalist and jazz educator as well. As a trombonist, he has performed with such well-known jazz artists/groups as The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, the Woody Herman big band (dir. By Frank Tibieri), Lionel Hampton, Dave Pietro, Mike Holober, Anita Brown, Scott Whitfield, the nonets of both Jim Cifelli and Mike Kaplan, and appears on over 20 jazz CDs. He also became very busy in the New York Broadway show scene, having performed with the orchestras of over 17 shows since 1991....
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-Nominated for 2008 Grammy Award - Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for "Smile" on CD "First Flight" (Summit Records) -First prize - Jazzmobile vocal competition 2010.
”A musical multi-threat...McGuinness lays out music that is modern-minded, yet swinging.” --The Newark Star-Ledger

“4-stars...stunning” -Downbeat magazine

The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra
First Flight - (Summit Records - June 2007) (includes Pete's 2008 GRAMMY nominated arrangement - "Smile")

The Pete McGuinness Quintet (leader)
Sliding In (Kokopelli Records - 1998)

The New York Trombone Conspiracy (co-leader)
A Matter Of Time (Conspiracy Music - 1998)

The NewYorkestra Big Band (co-leader)
Urban Soundscapes (Seabreeze Jazz - 2004)

The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra (trombone)
Concert In The Garden (ArtistShare)
*Winner: 2005 GRAMMY for best large jazz ensemble recording

Dave Pietro (trombone)
Standard Wonder: The Music Of Stevie Wonder (A Records)

Scott Whitfield (vocal, trombone)
Speaking Of Love (Summit)

Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra (trombone)
27 East (Lasheda Records)

The Jim Cefelli New York Nonet (trombone, composer-arranger)
Tunnel Vision (Short Notice Music)

Bill Mobley's Space Time Big Band (lead trombone)
New Light (Space Time Records)

Mike Kaplan Nonet (trombone)
How's That? (Semi-Sweet Records)

Mike Holober and The Gotham Jazz Orchestra (trombone)
Thought Trains (Sons Of Sound)

Andy Middleton (trombone)
Terra Infirma (Panarama)

The Swiss Jazz Orchestra (composer-arranger)
Live (Mons Records)

Demitrios Kastaris and The Latin Jazz Coalition (trombone, arranger)
Trombone Con Sazon (LJC Records)

The Gotham Wind Symphony (arranger)
Music For Children (Wack Cylinder Recordings)

Joe Traina (producer, arranger, trombone, vocals)
Only In New York (Joe Traina Music)

Blair Casdin (producer, arranger, vocals)
Cheek To Cheek (

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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Pete has been a member of the jazz studies faculty at New Jersey City University (Jersey City, NJ) since 1994. He teaches jazz arranging and composition, trombone, ensembles, and improvisation. Go to: for more information.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Because of Pete's wide range of experience and abilities (trombonist, jazz vocalist, composer, arranger, bandleader), he can work with students in a variety of capacities. Pete has given both college and high school level jazz clinics both in the US and in Europe. Clinics have focused on jazz improvisation, composing-arranging, jazz trombone, vocal "scat" technique, and ensemble playing (combo and big band). He is also a staff clinician for the Conn-Selmer company, which assists in financing his visits.

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Strength in Numbers
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