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Born in 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, JOHN PATITUCCI began playing the electric bass at age ten. He quickly moved from playing soul and rock to blues, jazz, and classical music. Patitucci 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. Patitucci studied classical bass at San Francisco State University and Long Beach State University.
As a studio musician, Patitucci has played on countless albums. In 1986, he 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 as well as many pop and Brazilian artists.
Since 1985, his association with Chick Corea has brought him worldwide acclaim and put him at the forefront of the jazz world. His many recordings with Chick Corea's Elektric Band and Akoustic Band, and his six solo recordings for GRP Records have brought him two Grammy Awards (one for playing and one for composing) and eight Grammy nominations. In addition, his first solo recording, John Patitucci, went to number one on the Billboard jazz charts. He arranged and produced his own records as well as those of other artists. In 1996 he signed with Concord Jazz and released his first album with them, One More Angel, in May 1997. His second Concord recording, Now, was released in August 1998 and his third, Imprint, in 2000. His latest CD is entitled Communion. It includes a piece with string quartet, jazz, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban music.
In the year 2000, Patitucci began working again with the legendary Wayne Shorter and has been touring the world in a new quartet featuring Danilo Pérez on piano and Brian Blade on the drums. This group has also been involved in two recording projects which are soon to be released: a studio recording and live recording that was the result of their Summer 2001-2002 World Tour.