Dave Pietro is currently a member of the Grammy Award-winning Maria Schneider Orchestraand the Grammy nominated groups the Gil Evans Project and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society. From 1994-2016 he played lead alto saxophone and recorded seven CD’s with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. He has also toured and/or recorded with the bands of Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, John Fedchock, Mike Holober, Anita Brown, Pete McGuinness, Jim Widner and Arturo O’Farrill. Pietro has performed with may other well known musicians such as Paul Anka, Louis Bellson, Blood Sweat & Tears, David Bowie, Bobby Caldwell, Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Feinstein, Chaka Khan, Liza Minnelli, James Naughton and John Pizzarelli. Dave has studied East Indian music and performed with various groups led by Indian tablist Sandip Burman.
As a leader, Dave has released seven CD’s with musicians such as Dave Holland, Kenny Werner, Ben Monder, Bill Stewart, Brian Blade, Scott Colley, Scott Wendholt, Duduka De Fonseca, Pete McCann, Gary Versace, Alex Sipiagin and Johnathan Blake. "Now Becoming Then" (1999 A-Records) was called a “rich feast for listeners” by Bill Bennett of Jazz Times. “Standard Wonder-The Music of Stevie Wonder” (A-Records) was voted one of the top 10 jazz CD’s of 2001 by Bob Blumenthal of the Boston Globe and Bill Milkowski of Jazz Times and received 4 stars from Downbeat magazine. “Embrace: Impressions of Brazil” (2004 A-Records) “is a triumph...one of the most satisfying Brazilian jazz mixes since the first bossa nova tsunami” according to Judith Schlesinger of AllAboutJazz.com. His latest CD "New Road: Iowa Memoirs" was recently released on the ArtistShare label. He also co-leads an international quartet "The New York-Tokyo Connection" (NYTC) with pianist Jonathan Katz. Their third CD "Live at the Bb-Flat" (Tokyo) was released in May 2014.
Dave Pietro - Sax/Flute
Alex Sipiagan - Tpt/.Flugelhorn
Gary Versace - Piano
Johannes Weidenmueller - Bass
Ari Hoenig - Drums