Pete Pancrazi being named recently by Downbeat Magazine as "one to watch" and a guitar player "deserving greater attention" is no surprise to those who have heard him perform. Audiences in Arizona voted him the "Jazz Guitar Player of the Year" in AzJazz Magazine's 2000 Readers' Poll.
This graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston has been "one to watch" in the Phoenix area since taking up residence here in 1990. Through the years, he has cultivated a large and loyal following. Audiences enjoy his nimble guitar work and warm vocals in settings ranging from his solo performances at The Duck & Decanter to the complexity of his quintet at the Desert Botanical Gardens.
While in Boston, Pancrazi won the Berklee Performer/Songwriter Award four times as well as becoming a two time all around winner of the Berklee Songwriter Competition. He also received the Boston (ASCAP) Songwriter's Award and the Berklee Performer's Scholarship. He continues to delight audiences with his growing repertoire of original compositions, presented in performance alongside straight-ahead and Latin jazz standards.