Pete Fanelli, a Syracuse, New York native, is an active and in-demand freelance trombonist in New England.
Pete can be seen performing with a diverse range of jazz, rock and klezmer bands in and around Boston that include the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, Somerville Symphony Orkestar and the award-winning Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band. Pete’s versatility as a performer has privileged him with the opportunity to share the stage with musicians such as Slide Hampton, Avishai Cohen, John Fedchock, Pat LaBarbara, Gerry Niewood, and Rich Perry. Also at home in the theater pit, Pete has been an orchestra member for dozens of shows with theater companies across New England. Pete is a sought after collaborator on original music projects, as well. Notable performance and recording credits include: Jim Guttmann’s Bessarabian Breakdown, the Gap Mangione Big Band, Dave Rivello Ensemble, Eastman Jazz Ensemble, and Eastman Broadband. With the Eastman Broadband, he has participated in contemporary music festivals in Italy, Mexico and the U.S., as well as performed on two recordings for the Bridge Records and Urtext labels.
Pete’s passion for the study of brass playing and improvisation in its various forms translates to his love of teaching. He maintains a busy private teaching studio and is an instructor at the Holliston School for the Performing Arts. He has also lead middle, high school and collegiate workshops on the topics of trombone playing, klezmer music and jazz improvisation.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York where he received his degree in jazz performance, Pete has studied trombone and jazz improvisation under Mark Kellogg and Dr. Howard Potter at the Eastman school, as well as Steve Frank, Joe Colombo, Curtis Fuller and Hal Crook.