Jazz guitarist Pete McCann will be on campus all week presenting master classes and recitals. McCann has been an integral part of the New York City scene for 20 years. He currently leads an exciting new group of New York’s finest jazz artists on his latest CD, Extra Mile. McCann’s other releases, Most Folks, You Remind Me of Someone, Parable, have been widely praised by top jazz critics.
Wednesday, Nov. 16 @ 7:30 p.m., Fox Recital Hall: MSUM Jazz Guitar Ensemble w/Pete McCann
Thursday, Nov. 17 @ 12:00 p.m., CA 144: Master Class w/ Pete McCann
Friday, Nov. 18 @ 7:30 p.m., Fox Recital Hall: Nick Fryer & Pete McCann Duo
Saturday, Nov. 19 @ 8 p.m., Studio 222: Nick Fryer-Pete McCann Quartet, $5
McCann is one of the first-call sidemen in New York. He works in several groups including the Patti Austin band, Lee Konitz Nonet, Chris Tarry Quintet, Melissa Stylianou group, New York Nonet, Dan Willis Sextet, JD Walter Trio, and Alison Wedding’s group. Pete has performed with some of the greats in jazz: Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Lee Konitz, Kenny Garrett, Peter Erskine, Gary Thomas, Greg Osby, Brian Blade, and the Maria Schneider Orchestra. He has appeared on over 60 CDs including: Almost Certainly Dreaming, Chris Tarry group; I Think It’s Going To Rain Today, Curtis Stigers; The Other Side of Ellington, The Palmetto All-Stars; Standard Wonder (The Music of Stevie Wonder), Dave Pietro; Round ‘Bout Now, George Schuller; and Phase 2, Mahavishnu Project.
His playing encompasses a wide variety of musical styles and genres — Straight-ahead, Post-Bop, Avant Garde, Latin, Jazz-Rock Fusion. He has performed throughout the US, Canada and Europe from clubs to jazz festivals, musicals, award shows, and even an opera.