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Peter Fraize

A distinct voice as both a saxophonist and composer, Peter Fraize is known for his impassioned high-energy playing, intricate and melodic writing, and his “no-boundaries” sensibility. His music draws from deep within the jazz tradition, exploratory free improvisation, modern rock and pop, and music from around the world. Based in Washington, DC, he is also familiar to international audiences through concert appearances in Peru, Japan and Europe. Most recently he toured in the UK, appearing at the 2016 Love Supreme Festival.

Raised in a musical family in Northern Virginia, Peter took up the saxophone age nine. He formed his first jazz group at age sixteen, performing in local clubs and at Wolf Trap for the International Children’s Festival. He attended the New England Conservatory of Music before transferring to the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands, to study with noted Dutch saxophonist Leo van Oostrom, earning his Artist's Diploma in 1989. While in Holland he also studied with the late tenor legend Sal Nistico. He worked with numerous bands including the avant-garde Waterland Ensemble, the Brazilian group Tanga, the freebop quintet Scapes, and his own groups, performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Heineken and Gouda Jazz Festivals, and many other venues throughout Western Europe.

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”Fraize's commanding tenor tears it up... and what a sense of time!” - Dr.Herb Wong, Past-President International Association of Jazz Educators(IAJE)

“The players' concise solos don't wear out their welcome... and their lines are sharp without being overbearing.” ”This buoyant record is equally suitable for solo listening, propping up a party, or shaking your booty.” - Mark Osteen, Baltimore jazz Alliance (review of Organic Matter)

“Fraize's unpretentious, strong-toned, fluid sound exudes traces of prime Sonny Rollins, taken to a slightly freer zone.” ”Peter Fraize is a tenor saxophonist to watch.” - Steven Loewy, Cadence Magazine (review of Third Attention)

“[Fraize] weilds his tenor with considerable authority, whether casually playing over a swing pulse or punctuating the noirish ”Union Blues” with an urgent cry.” - Mike Joyce, the Washington Post (review of Third Attention)

“...the music is consistently fresh and inspired by Fraize's colorful writing and the improvisatory bent he shares with his bandmates...” - Mike Joyce, Jazz Times (review of You St.)

“As a soloist..

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Discography

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Union Records
2017

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Organic Matter

Organic Matter

Self Produced
2009

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