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Pete McGuinness

Originally from West Hartford, CT, Pete’s been a fixture on the NYC jazz scene since 1987. Before that, Pete studied at New England Conservatory (1981-83), University of Miami (1986, BM is jazz studies) and Manhattan School of Music (MM in jazz studies). As a professional trombonist, he has performed with numerous well-known artists and groups including the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, The Woody Herman Big Band (dir. by Frank Tibieri), The Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Werner, Dave Pietro, the “Smoke Big Band” directed by Bill Mobley, and since 1997 has been a regular member of the New York BMI Jazz Composers Workshop Orchestra. He also is three-time GRAMMY-nominated big band arranger, a multi- award winning jazz vocalist, and leader of his own big band The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra. The PMJO has released two CDs since 2007, the latest being “Strength In Numbers” (2014, Summit records) gaining a “4 and ½ stars” review in Downbeat magazine’s July 2014 issue. Numerous jazz artists and both college and professional big bands have commissioned Pete to compose/arrange music, including commissions from Dave Liebman, The Lionel Hampton Orchestra, The Swiss Jazz Orchestra, The Westchester Jazz Orchestra and The University of Miami (Fl.). He appears on over 50 jazz CDs, either as a trombonist, composer-arranger, vocalist, or producer, and has released a total of 4 CDs as a leader since 1998

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”A musical multi-threat...McGuinness lays out music that is modern-minded, yet swinging.” —The Newark Star-Ledger

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

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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: www.njcu.edu 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

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A Bi-Coastal Christmas

Self Produced


Along for the Ride

Summit Records


Hiding Out

Zoho Music


Strength in Numbers

Summit Records


Voice Like A Horn

Summit Records



Sunnyside Records



From: Hiding Out
By Pete McGuinness

First Flight

From: First Flight
By Pete McGuinness


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