Jazz Combos concert features John Patitucci

Western's jazz studies program and Student Jazz Club presented legendary bassist John Patitucci on Dec. 2, 2011, in a series of master classes and an evening performance in Ives Concert Hall. Patitucci worked with five combos featuring students from all areas of the university’s music department in a master class/open clinic format for 30 minutes per group, which served as the rehearsal for the evening concert.

Patitucci was named Most Valuable Player on acoustic bass in 1986 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He has won two Grammy Awards — one for playing and one for composing. His first solo recording, “John Patitucci,” was number one on the Billboard Jazz charts.

In addition to his eponymous solo album, Patitucci has released “On the Corner,” “Sketchbook,” “Heart of the Bass,” “Another World,” “Mistura Fina,” “One More Angel,” “Now,” “Imprint,” “Communion,” “Songs, Stories and Spirituals,” Line by Line” and “Remembrance” (with Joe Lovano and Brian Blade).

Patitucci was named Best Jazz Bassist in Guitar Player Magazine’s 1992, 1994 and 1995 Readers’ Poll and Best Jazz Bassist in Bass Player Magazine’s 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996 Readers’ Poll.

Chair of the WCSU Department of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies Jamie Begian said, “Having John up here to spend a day working with our students in a ‘hands-on’ setting is an unbelievable thrill. He is both a world-class bassist and educator willing to work with young people and eager to pass along his experiences to the next generation of jazz musicians. I’m very excited to see our students rise to the challenge of performing with John and how it makes them grow as musicians.”

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John Patitucci performs at Western.