John Patitucci

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


John James Patitucci was born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 22, 1959. 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. For the development of rhythm, he points to the time he has spent with Danilo Pérez, a Grammy-winning pianist from Panama.

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 Electrik Band, the Acoustic 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. On various occasions he played with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Roy Haynes. Patitucci switches between acoustic and electric bass.

He was the artistic director of the Bass Collective, a school for bassists in New York City, and he 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 launched the Online Jazz Bass School. He was appointed artist in residence at Berklee College of Music.

Award and honors

  • Most Valuable Player, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, 1986
  • Best Jazz Bassist, Guitar Player magazine Readers’ Poll, 1992, 1994, 1995
  • Best Jazz Bassist, Bass Player magazine Readers’ Poll, 1993–1996
  • Grammy nomination, Beyond the Sound Barrier as member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group, 2005

Back in Brooklyn

Back in Brooklyn, is a 2015 documentary by August Sky Films. Directed by Patrick Cone, the film features footage from rehearsals, studio sessions, and live performances, following the creation of Patitucci’s 2014 album Brooklyn. Featured interviews include Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Wayne Shorter.


John Patitucci

  • Released: 1987
  • Label: GRP
  • Producer: Chick Corea

On the Corner

  • Released: 1989
  • Label: GRP
  • Producer: John Patitucci


  • Released: 1990
  • Label: GRP
  • Producer: John Patitucci

Heart of the Bass

  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Stretch
  • Producer: John Patitucci & Chick Corea

Another World

  • Released: 1993
  • Label: GRP
  • Producer: John Patitucci

Mistura Fina

  • Released: 1995
  • Label: GRP
  • Producer: John Patitucci

One More Angel

  • Released: 1997


  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Concord
  • Producer: John Patitucci


  • Released: February 1, 2000
  • Label: Concord
  • Producer: John Patitucci


  • Released: August 14, 2001
  • Label: Concord
  • Producer: John Patitucci

Songs, Stories & Spirituals

  • Released: March 2003
  • Label: Concord
  • Producer: John Patitucci

Line by Line

  • Released: September 25, 2006
  • Label: JVC Victor/Concord
  • Producer: John Patitucci

Remembrance (Trio album with Joe Lovano and Brian Blade)

  • Released: 2009

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

As sideman

With Karrin Allyson

  • Ballads – Remembering John Coltrane (Concord Jazz, 2001)
  • Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein (Motéma, 2015)

With Joanne Brackeen

  • Pink Elephant Magic (Arkadia Jazz, 1998)

With Walt Weiskopf

  • Man of Many Colors (Criss Cross, 2002)

With Wayne Shorter

  • Without a Net (Blue Note, 2013)


  • Joel Weiskopf Trio – Change in My Life (2002) with Joel Weiskopf, piano; Brian Blade, drums
  • Norm Stockton – Tea in the Typhoon (2009) [Upright Bass on “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Tea in the Typhoon”, Electric Bass solo on “Let Me Not Forget”]
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