Born in Scotland of Italian parents, Peter Guidi is a self-taught musician. He began his musical career in Italy where he went on to play with many leading jazz musicians and performed in major Jazz Festivals including Umbria Jazz Festival, the Aosta Jazz Festival, the Jazz Festival of Pescara and the Padova Porsche Jazz Festival.
Since moving to Holland he has performed in many national jazz festivals including several appearances at the North Sea Jazz Festival with both his quartet and big bands. He is now head of the jazz department of the [Amsterdam Muziekschool] where he leads several ensemble and big band workshops for students of all ages, beginning with students as young as nine years of age. These bands include the Jazz Kidz, Jazz Juniors, Jazz Generation, Jazz Focus Big Band, and Jazz Mania Big Band. He is also co-founder of the Junior Jazz College, a collaboration between the Muziekschool Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Jazz Conservatory. Since the Jazz Department began 25 years ago his bands have won a total of 83 prizes in national and international competitions.
Peter Guidi is author of a two volume flute teaching method: ‘The Jazz Flute’.
In 2008 Peter Guidi co-founded the first edition of the Netherland National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NJJO) which has become as established bi-annual event. wikipedia
Ridder in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau
In 2010 Peter Guidi was awarded a Dutch Knighthood for his pioneering work in jazz education in the Netherlands. Some of his students decided to show their appreciation too!
“Do the Guidi Strut, swing your butt.
The Guidi Strut, swing your butt.
Swing it to the left, swing it to the right,
Swing it to the one who is dynamite;
Peter Guidi… he’s the man!”