Name: Pete Fucinaro
School: Creighton Prep
Band: Far & Wide
Possible College and Major: Either the University of North Texas or Illinois with a major in Jazz Studies
How Long have you been in BluesEd: This is my second year
How long have you been playing?: I started music at age eight with guitar and picked up the sax a few years later. I've been playing sax for eight years.
Favorite BluesEd Workshop Song: I Wish...I love Stevie
Who is your favorite blues artist: I enjoy Louis Armstrong, Stevie Ray Vaughan's stuff and Billie Holiday. The biggest influences in my life come from musicians who were influenced by the blues, such as Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Mark Turner, and Warne Marsh just to name a few.
Favorite BluesEd Moment: Playing at Jazz On The Green was extremely fun. It was a big crowd and the band had fun.
Hobbies: I love gigging. I try to play weekly around town with my own group or with one of my mentors, Matt Wallace. They give me a lot of exposure and they're just fun. I also practice a lot. Although it sounds boring, I have a lot of fun sitting in my basement practicing my saxophone. I also enjoy writing music. I'm working a lot on making my own compositions for my groups and compositions for big bands.
Thanks Pete for being our first Senior Spotlight of the 2016 Season!