John Patitucci is a Brooklyn-born upright bass and jazz fusion bass guitar player. He began playing the electric bass at the age of 10, started composing and performing at the age of 12, as well as playing the acoustic bass at 15 and the piano one year later. After growing up to New York, he moved to study classical bass at San Francisco State University and Long Beach State University.
Today, John Patitucci is one of the world’s most in-demand bassists. He has played with the likes of B.B. King, Chick Corea, George Benson and Stan Getz and has released over a dozen albums as a leader.
A 3-time Grammy Award winner, MVP for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Billboard Jazz chart top ranking artist and winner of various polls on Guitar Player Magazine and Bass Player Magazine, Patitucci is also known for being a former member of the Chick Corea’s Elektric Band and Akoustic Band and for his active presence in Children of Light and the Wayne Shorter Quartet.
John Patitucci has taught at music schools and workshops in several countries and he is involved with both the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program and Berklee College of Music, where he is an Artist in Residence.
Following his Pori Jazz 2015 performance with the Wayne Shorter Quartet, John Patitucci joins us to talk about his career, the current state of music education and his latest record Brooklyn.
In This Episode, You’ll Hear More About:
- The beginning of John Patitucci’s career
- What it has meant to win 3 Grammys (one as a composer and two as an instrumentalist)
- His new album Brooklyn
- The state of music education, according to John Patitucci
- His jazz bass online course
- Patitucci’s advice to both accomplished and young musicians
Links and People Mentioned Today:
- Brooklyn by the John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet
- ArtistWorks’ Online Jazz Bass Lessons with John Patitucci