Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Eletric bass player John Patitucci, was born on December 22, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York. John began playing the electric bass at age ten. He quickly moved from playing soul and rock to blues, jazz and classical music. He began composing and performing at age 12. At age 15, he began to play the acoustic bass and at age 16 began the piano. His eclectic tastes caused him to explore all types of music as a player and a composer.

John studied classical bass at San Francisco State University and Long Beach State University. In 1980, he continued his career in Los Angeles as a studio musician and a jazz artist. As a studio musician, John has played on countless albums with artists such as B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, Was Not Was, Dave Grusin, Natalie Cole and Bon Jovi. In 1986, John was voted by his peers in the studios as the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences MVP on acoustic bass.

As a performer, he has played throughout the world with his own band, and with jazz luminaries Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Hubert Laws, Mulgrew Miller, James Williams and scores of others. Some of the many pop and Brazilian artists he has played with include Sting, Milton Nascimiento, Astrud and João Gilberto, Airto and Flora Purim, Ivan Lins, João Bosco and Dori Caymmi.

John has worked with film composers Jerry Goldsmith, Ry Cooder, James Newton Howard, Dave Grusin, Henry Mancini, John Williams, Mark Isham, Michel Columbier, Carter Burwell and Howard Shore.

John plays.

Reference - Sons of Sound

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