Bassist and educator Pete Coco has been a musician for as long as he can remember. At an early age he studied piano, and as a teenager he began the electric bass, playing at a local church and in rock bands. It wasn’t long before he found his voice on the double bass and decided to pursue music full time.
Pete has had the great fortune to study and perform with many of the finest musicians in the world. He has studied jazz with bassists Todd Coolman, Doug Weiss, Dennis Irwin and Bob Bowen, and classical with Kurt Muroki and Rachel Calin. He has shared the bandstand with Jane Monheit, Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Matt Wilson, Dave Lalama, Steve Salerno, Ray Anderson, Tony Tedesco, vocalist Janice Seagal of Manhattan Transfer, and guitarist extraordinaire Tommy Emmanuel, to name a few. Pete has also toured extensively and performed at many noted venues in New York and around the world.
Pete graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelors in Jazz and Commercial Music and soon after completed a Masters in Jazz Studies from SUNY Purchase College. After taking a few years off from school to perform, tour, and teach, he went back in order to focus on classical repertoire and graduated in 2013 with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Classical Performance from Stony Brook University.
No stranger to the classroom, Pete is also an Adjunct Professor of Music at Hofstra University where he teaches private lessons, co-directs jazz ensembles, and teaches music history courses. In addition to teaching at Hofstra, he retains a studio at the Music Academy of Garden City, a private music school he co-founded with his brother.
Pete’s diverse musical background has given him the opportunity to perform in a variety of settings and genres. He has played in everything from orchestras and Baroque ensembles to wedding bands and jazz bands. He has also performed much of the solo repertoire for double bass including works by Bottesini, Koussevitzky, Bach, Hindemith, and more. He is accomplished on both the electric and upright bass, and currently plays on a German bass built circa 1850 that formerly belonged to jazz bass luminary Milt “The Judge" Hinton.