Acclaimed jazz composer/arranger, trombonist and vocalist Pete McGuinness has earned two 2015 Grammy nominations for his Summit Records CD Strength In Numbers. The nominations are for “Best Arrangement Instrumental or A Cappella” for “Beautiful Dreamer” and “Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals” for “What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life.” The Grammy Awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 8, 2015.
Strength In Numbers is the second release from the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra and the fourth as a leader for Pete. Featuring a full contingent of top tier NYC players, the CD has earned wide critical acclaim.
Pete McGuinness has appeared on over forty recordings, including three previous releases as a leader: First Flight (Summit) with the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra which earned 4-stars in DownBeat, Voice Like a Horn (Summit) and Sliding In (Kokopelli). He earned a 2008 Grammy nomination for his arrangement of “Smile” (which appeared on First Flight) and was the first prizewinner of the 2010 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition (judged by the late Dr. Billy Taylor and Barry Harris). A New York resident since 1987, McGuinness studied with Bob Brookmeyer and Manny Albam at the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers Workshop and has performed in the big bands of such acclaimed leaders as Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Heath (featured as a vocalist as well) and Maria Schneider, appearing on her Grammy-winning album, Concert In the Garden. Actively involved in music education both throughout the United States and Europe, McGuinness is currently the Assistant Professor of Jazz Arranging at William Paterson University.