Pete Chavez was born in Greeley, Colorado and raised in Denver, Colorado where
he studied clarinet with Dr. William Gower, editor of the Rubank Method books. In
1955, at 13 years of age, he moved to Los Angeles where he played oboe with the
Highland Park Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic
Orchestra during his high school years. His early jazz influences included trumpeter
Little Benny Harris, bassist George Morrow, and tenor saxophone giant Lin Halliday.
In the 1960s he moved to New Orleans where he became a fixture on the local jazz
scene jamming all night most nights