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What instrument do you play?
Saxophone
Who influenced you to listen to jazz
My parents, private teacher, and school band teachers
How did you find out about the WDCJN?
Was invited.
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http://www.peterfraize.com
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Where are you located?
Washington, DC
Tell us about yourself
Saxophonist/composer Peter Fraize was raised in northern Virginia, taking up the saxophone at age nine. At sixteen he formed the group Moment's Notice which was featured at the 1982 International Children's Festival at Wolf Trap. After graduating high school Peter attend the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, studying classical saxophone performance with Ken Radnofsky. In 1985 he traveled to The Netherlands to study with noted Dutch saxophonist Leo van Oostrom at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he earned his Artist's Diploma in 1989. While in Holland he also studied with the late tenor legend Sal Nistico. He performed with a wide variety of bands, appearing at such places as Amsterdam's Bimhuis, the North Sea Jazz festival, the Heineken and Gouda Jazz Festivals, and numerous other jazz venues throughout Holland, Belgium, and Germany.

Returning to DC in 1989, Peter founded the jazz/rock group Stickman, which released a self-titled CD in 1995 and was featured at Pittsburgh's Mellon Jazz Festival in 1997. In 1996 he formed the Peter Fraize Quintet, releasing the live recording You St. that same year on Union Records, an independent label he co-founded. He followed up with Third Attention (1998), which showcased his working trio. In the summer of 2008 he was invited to Lima, Peru to preform a series of concerts at the Jazz Zone and Satchmo clubs with some of that country's finest musicians, documented on the CD Live In Lima (2009, Union Records). His current release is Organic Matter (2009, Union), a collection of eight of his original compositions featuring jazz organ master Greg Hatza. Organic Matter received a 2009 Washington Area Music Award for Best Jazz Recording.

Over the past two decades, Peter has been involved with a wide variety of groups, projects, and collaborations. In 1995 he joined the Emptys, an original rock band with whom he has recorded three CDs. Since 1997 he has been a member of the Greg Hatza Organization, which in 1999 performed at the Blue Note in Fukuoka, Japan, and with whom he recorded To A New Place (2001, I Ching). He is also a member of the Larry Brown Quintet and is featured on the recordings The Long Goodbye (2002, Lush Life Records) and Hard Bop Cafe (2006, Lush Life). Peter has twice collaborated with Italian avant-garde trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini on the CD releases Deconstruction (2000, Pentaflowers) and Post-Deconstruction (2002, Cadence Jazz Records). Peter has performed and recorded with many other area artists including jazz vocalist Sharon Clark, the Brazilian group Origem, the New Orleans inspired A La Carte Brass and Percussion, and D.C. punk rock legends the Holy Rollers. He has been a frequent collaborator with local choreographers performing multimedia works featuring spoken word, film, and electronics, with improvised music and dance. He has also served as music curator for the DC International Improv Festival, out of which grew the free improvising trio Pierce, Putter, and Rumble.

In 1994 Peter joined the music faculty at the George Washington University, where he teaches saxophone, Jazz Performance Techniques and Jazz Theory. He also directs the Advanced Jazz Combo and co-leads the GWU Latin Band. Since 1998 he has served as Director of Jazz Studies.

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At 2:55pm on May 18, 2017, Benny Sharoni said…

Hi Peter - Just a quick note to let you know that I'll be in town next week playing at Twins Jazz on Wed, May 24.  Hope to see you there!  --Cheers, Benny

At 11:42am on March 22, 2014, Arthur John Frank said…

 Peter, I recently had my bookof memoirs about jazz icon, Chet Baker published.  You can check it out on Amazon.  Its called, "Chet Baker-The Missing Years: A Memoir by Artt Frank" and its published by BooksEndependent. My updated website is (arttfrank.com) drop a  line and tell all your friends about my book of mrmoirs about Chet.  GOD bless in YESHUA, Artt Frank.

At 11:03pm on July 5, 2013, Nina Causey said…

Peter, thank you for your friendship! I hope you've had a chance to ck out my latest smooth jazz video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yKX-l1AJIE

Nina C

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