Peter Fischer & the Hurricanes
Calgary International Blues Festival (2015)
Peter grew up in Guelph, Ontario. He started playing the piano at age 8 and the saxophone at 12 years. He began with his siblings record collection, but soon discovered '50s rock with the piano and sax music of Chubby Checker, Fats Domino, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Peter studied classical harmony and theory at Laurentian University for one year, then moved to Humber College in Toronto. He graduated from Humber's music program in 1991, having studied music theory, applied jazz and commercial music. Mentors include Pat LaBarbra, Eddie Sossin, Plas Johnson, Mark Promane and Johnny Ferrera. The Howlin' Wolf record London Sessions was Pete's vinyl mentor, the first album that introduced him to the world of blues music and musicians.
In 1993, Peter moved to Chicago and played sax for two years with Eddie Burks & the Delta Blues band. He recorded and traveled with Eddie throughout the U.S. and Canada, playing everything from cheap dives to great festivals. His experience during the Burks years had Peter playing at BB Kings in Memphis, the Memphis in May, Crossroads Festival in Greenwood, Mississippi, Grand Emporium in Kansas City, Tramps in NY, NY, the Yale hotel, the King Eddie in Calgary, Mt. Tremblant, the Maxim Blues Fest in Carlton Quebec as well as many blues clubs all over North America.
Pete's recorded three CDs of his own, Nothing Nice (1996); I-90 Boogie (2000) which is a piano based disc of blues and '50s standards; and Hurricane Blues (2009), which features the late, great Johnny V.
Pete moved west in 2004, getting his start with Mike Clark and his band. Peter's found that "Some of the best musicians I've ever met and played with are right here in Calgary. The road has been long, as it should be. The destination has become home, as it's always been. Every note played and every friend made has been the journey, which has made it so wonderful."