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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 the UK with his transatlantic organ group ATLANTICUS, appearing at the 2018 Love Supreme Festival.

Raised in a musical family in Northern Virginia, Peter took up the saxophone age nine


Post-Deconstruction Redux

Label: Union Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Teeda; Que Viva; Gabbie (Friday); Gabbie (Saturday); Cloudsplitter; In a Mellow Tone


Blue Haven

Label: Union Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Blue Haven; Swank; Let's Walk; Ethan's Sky; Moanin'; Theme for Reggie; GW RIF; Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise; Revival; That's What.


Article: Album Review

Atlanticus: Blue Haven

Read "Blue Haven" reviewed by Chris May

Atlanticus is a hands-across-the-pond quartet led by Washington, DC-based tenor saxophonist Peter Fraize and Brighton, England-based organist Terry Seabrook. The lineup is completed by fellow Brightoners, trumpeter Jack Kendon and drummer Milo Fell. Each of the four musicians has two or more decades of experience behind them. Atlanticus first toured together in 2016 and ...


Chord Lines/In the Groove

Label: Union Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Dominance and Submission; Sub Terra; Mandy; Three for Le; When I'm Down; The Way You Make Me Feel; Rhythm Nation


facts + figures

Label: Union Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: The Ides of March; A Step Toward Grace; Euclid House; While He Sleeps; Leo; Freezer Full of Math; Life in the Ozone; I to I; Me, Then You


Article: Album Review

Joshua Bayer Jazz: Six By Five

Read "Six By Five" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Joshua Bayer can't be called a prolific artist in terms of CD releases. The bassist/guitarist has offered up only two previous albums this millennium: Lines and Grooves (Jazzhead Records, 2003) and New Voice: Old Voice (Self Produced, 2006). Both sets grooved nicely, lively mainstream quartet sets, with a saxophone out front riding the waves of surging ...


News: Education

Maryland Summer Jazz Festival Announces Tenth Year Anniversary Season

Maryland Summer Jazz Festival Announces  Tenth Year Anniversary Season

Rockville, MD: For ten years, the Maryland Summer Jazz camp and concerts have been rocking the rafters at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville in late July. Workshops help adult jazz musicians improve their chops and learn performing skills. Public concerts delight area jazz fans and summer tourists. At the heart of the program is the ...


Pierce, Putter and Rumble

Label: Union Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: One; Next One; Another One; L'Impulsion Outré; Last One


Article: Live Review

Washington, D.C. Reclaims its Role as a Jazz Destination

Read "Washington, D.C. Reclaims its Role as a Jazz Destination" reviewed by Paula Phillips

Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz Oxygen for the Ears is a 2012 award-winning documentary film depicting the vibrancy of the jazz scene in the nation's capital. Made in three years by German-born astrophysicist Stefan Immler, the 94-minute documentary shows the city's key role in the past, present and future of jazz and is gaining attention ...


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