A Brooklyn native and two time Grammy winner, John Patitucci began playing the electric bass at age ten. He first began performing and composing at 12, then at 15 he began to play the acoustic bass, and finally started the piano at 16.
John studied classical bass at San Francisco State University and Long Beach State University. As a studio musician, John has played on countless albums with artists such as B. B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Natalie Cole, Bon Jovi, Sting, and many others.
As a performer, John has played throughout the world with his own band and with jazz luminaries Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, and Wynton Marsalis, and scores of other greats. John has also worked with film composers Jerry Goldsmith, Ry Cooder, James Newton Howard, John Williams, Howard Shore and many others. In 2000, John began touring again with the legendary Wayne Shorter, and the Wayne Shorter Quartet, featuring Danilo Perez on piano and Brian Blade on drums, has received worldwide acclaim and Grammy wins and nominations for its performances and recordings. In 2009, John released his recording Remembrance, which features saxophone genius Joe Lovano and drum virtuoso Brian Blade and received another Grammy nomination.
John has also always felt a call to mentor and teach young musicians and to help further and sustain the art of jazz and bass playing around the world. He has also been involved with the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program in Washington, D.C. and the The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.