John Patitucci

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John Patitucci
John Patitucci at the 2018 Kongsberg Jazzfestival
John Patitucci at the 2018 Kongsberg Jazzfestival
Background information
Birth nameJohn James Patitucci
Born (1959-12-22) December 22, 1959 (age 61)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresJazz, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsDouble bass, bass guitar
Years active1980–present
LabelsGRP, Stretch, Concord Jazz
Associated actsChick Corea, Wayne Shorter

John Patitucci (born December 22, 1959) is an American jazz bassist and composer.


John James Patitucci was born in Brooklyn, New York.[1] When he was 12, he bought his first bass and decided on his career. He listened to bass parts in R&B songs on the radio and on his grandfather's jazz records. He cites as influences Oscar Peterson's albums with Ray Brown and Wes Montgomery's with Ron Carter.[2] For the development of rhythm, he points to the time he has spent with Danilo Pérez, a pianist from Panama.[3]

John Patitucci and Wayne Shorter with the Wayne Shorter Quartet at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy, 2010

In the late 1970s he studied acoustic bass at San Francisco State University and Long Beach State University. He began his professional career when he moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and made connections with Henry Mancini, Dave Grusin, and Tom Scott. From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s he was a member of three Chick Corea groups: the Elektric Band, the Akoustic Band, and the quartet. As a leader he formed a trio with Joey Calderazzo and Peter Erskine, and a quartet with Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Tavaglione, and John Beasley. He has played with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Roy Haynes.[1] Patitucci switches between double bass and electric bass.[3]

He was the artistic director of the Bass Collective, a school for bassists in New York City and is involved with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program. He was Professor of Jazz Studies at City College of New York. In June 2012 he started the Online Jazz Bass School. He was appointed artist in residence at Berklee College of Music.[4]

Back in Brooklyn[edit]

Back in Brooklyn is a documentary about Patitucci released by August Sky Films in 2015. Directed by Patrick Cone, the film includes footage from rehearsals, studio sessions, live performances, and interviews with Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock. The documentary was filmed while or around the time Patitucci's album Brooklyn was recorded.[5]

Awards and honors[edit]


As leader[edit]

  • John Patitucci (GRP, 1987)
  • On the Corner (GRP, 1989)
  • Sketchbook (GRP, 1990)
  • Heart of the Bass (Stretch, 1992)
  • Another World (GRP, 1993)
  • Mistura Fina (GRP, 1995)
  • One More Angel (Concord, 1997)
  • Now (Concord, 1998)
  • Imprint (Concord, 2000)
  • Communion (Concord, 2001)
  • Songs, Stories & Spirituals (Concord, 2003)
  • Line by Line (Concord, 2006)
  • Remembrance (Concord, 2009)
  • Brooklyn (Three Faces, 2015)[7]
  • Soul of the Bass (2019)[8]

With groups

  • 1987 All Strings Attached with Tal Farlow, John Abercrombie, Larry Carlton, Larry Coryell, John Scofield
  • 1997 Jason Salad! with Peter Erskine, Alessandro Galati, Bob Sheppard
  • 2000 The Hudson Project with Peter Erskine, John Abercrombie, Bob Mintzer
  • 2000 The Roy Haynes Trio with Roy Haynes, Danilo Pérez
  • 2005 'S Wonderful The Great Jazz Trio with Hank Jones, Jack DeJohnette
  • 2010 Continental Talk with Randy Brecker, Steve Gadd, Stanislav Mitrovic, Ratko Zjaca
  • 2015 Children of the Light with Danilo Pérez, Brian Blade
  • 2021 TRIO with Vinnie Colaiuta, Bill Cunliffe

As sideman or guest[edit]

With Karrin Allyson

With David Benoit

With Cheryl Bentyne

  • 1992 Something Cool
  • 2003 Talk of the Town

With Chick Corea

  • 1986 The Elektric Band
  • 1987 Light Years
  • 1988 Eye of the Beholder
  • 1989 Chick Corea Akoustic Band
  • 1990 Inside Out
  • 1991 Alive
  • 1991 Beneath the Mask
  • 1995 Time Warp
  • 2000 Live from Blue Note Tokyo
  • 2003 Rendezvous in New York
  • 2004 To the Stars
  • 2017 The Musician

With Al Di Meola

  • 1998 The Infinite Desire
  • 2000 The Grande Passion
  • 2006 Consequence of Chaos

With Victor Feldman

  • 1983 To Chopin with Love
  • 1987 Rio Nights

With Dave Grusin

With Chuck Loeb

  • 1998 The Moon, the Stars and the Setting Sun
  • 1999 Listen

With Eric Marienthal

  • 1988 Voices of the Heart
  • 1989 Round Trip
  • 1990 Crossroads
  • 1991 Oasis
  • 1993 One Touch
  • 2015 Bridges with Chuck Loeb

With Danilo Pérez

  • 1998 Central Avenue
  • 2000 Motherland
  • 2003 ...Till Then

With Lee Ritenour

  • 1990 Stolen Moments
  • 1992 Wes Bound
  • 2005 World of Brazil
  • 2006 Smoke 'N' Mirrors

With Wayne Shorter

With Edward Simon

  • 2003 The Process
  • 2006 Unicity
  • 2009 Poesia
  • 2013 Trio Live in New York at Jazz Standard

With others

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Gilbert, Mark (2002). Kernfeld, Barry (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 3 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 245. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.
  2. ^ Lutz, Phillip (July 2015). "Home Turf". Downbeat. Elmhurst, Illinois: Maher Publications. 82 (7): 41–42.
  3. ^ a b Herrera, Jonathan (September 30, 2013). "Warwick Bass Camp 2013: The Best of the Bass". Premier Guitar. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  4. ^ "John Patitucci | Berklee College of Music". Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  5. ^ "Back in Brooklyn!". August Sky Films. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  6. ^
  7. ^ John Patitucci - Discography
  8. ^ John Patitucci, Soul of the Bass. Review by Alex Henderson, NYCJR, June 2019, Issue 206, page 23 - retrieved 7 June 2019.

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