Peter Fanelli was born in Syracuse, NY where he began playing trombone at the age of 8. At an early age, Peter was learning to play piano by ear while writing simple compositions to perform at school and for friends and family. It wasn’t until high school and the mentorship of Dr. Howard Potter that Peter found his sincere love for improvisation and jazz music. From 2001 to 2003, Fanelli was a member of the 315 All-Stars who were finalists in the Essentially Ellington Competition in NYC run by Jazz at Lincoln Center artistic director Wynton Marsalis. The 315 All-Stars took first place in 2001 and Peter was recognized as a soloist by the competition in 2002 and 2003.
Fanelli is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in jazz performance. He has studied trombone and jazz improvisation under CNY Jazz Orchestra member Joe Colombo, Professor Mark Kellogg and Dr. Howard Potter at the Eastman school, Steve Frank and briefly with trombonist Curtis Fuller. Peter has been a member of the Gap Mangione Big Band, the Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and is currently a member of the Eastman Broadband Ensemble. With the Eastman Broadband ensemble, Fanelli has collaborated with renowned composers and conductors Juan Trigos, Carlos Sanchez-Guitierrez and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon in contemporary music festivals in Italy, Mexico and the U.S. Fanelli has had the privilege to share the stage with great musicians such as Slide Hampton, Avishai Cohen, Peter Erskine, Dick Oatts, John Fedchock, Marian McPartland, Rufus Reid, David Berger, Pat LaBarbara, Gerry Niewood and Rich Perry.
Peter resides in Boston, MA where he is pursuing a freelance career in both performing and teaching, exploring improvisation in various contexts while studying with renowned jazz educator, Hal Crook. In Boston, Peter has had performance opportunities with the Speakeasy Stage Company, the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, the Florencia Gonzalez Bigband, the Brunt of It, the Stormin’ Horns, Brass Force, the Macrotones, Ritmo Masacote and the Kristen Ford Band. Currently, Fanelli can be seen performing with the Somerville Symphony Orkestar, Spider Cider, Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band, the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, the Cafe Luna Trio and others.
Peter has taught trombone and improvisation through the Eastman Community Music School and currently maintains a teaching studio at the Holliston School for the Performing Arts in Holliston, MA.