Saxophonist, composer, arranger, jazz educator
Peter Fraize has been teaching at the George Washington University for the past 25 years, where he has served as Director of Jazz Studies since 1997.
He grew up near Washington, DC. His parents were both musical, and he played his first professional gigs at age sixteen. After high school, he attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, primarily to study classical music, even though his passion was jazz.
He later transferred to the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands.
While there, he had the privilege of studying with Dutch saxophonist Leo van Oostrom, and the late, great jazz tenor legend Sal Nistico.
He also had the opportunity to perform with many different kinds of groups at venues in Western Europe, from tiny jazz clubs, to major festivals, to 15K-seat arenas.
After graduation, he returned home to Washington, DC where he established himself as a bandleader.
Over the years, he has led and recorded with a variety of different groups. He has also co-led a group and released 3 CDs with italian free-jazz trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini, and currently is involved in a trans-Atlantic project with British jazz organist Terry Seabrook.
As a sideman, he has performed, toured and recorded with rock bands, brazilian groups, jazz groups from mainstream to avant-garde, and even with a country/folk/bluegrass band.
Throughout his career, diversity has played a primary role in his life.
His goal as a teacher is to guide students towards a complimentary balance between artistry and craftsmanship.