Saxophonist Dave Pietro (pictured) will present a free master class at 7:00 p.m. this Thursday, June 14 at Saxquest, 2114 Cherokee St.
Pietro has released six albums of his own as a leader, and has received composing grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and from Chamber Music America's New Works Program. He's also the former lead alto saxophonist for the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, spending nearly a decade with that band and recording six CDs with them.
A resident of NYC since 1987, Pietro earned his bachelor's degree in music education from North Texas State University and then a master's jazz composition from New York University, where he currently serves as assistant professor of jazz studies.
The Dave Pietro master class is free and open to the public.