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John Petrucelli

John Petrucelli is a jazz saxophonist and composer who began the foundation for his musical career at age 11 in the night club scene in Trenton, New Jersey. He earned his MM in Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, studying with Ralph Bowen, Stanley Cowell, Charles Tolliver and Conrad Herwig. Petrucelli performs monthly at Somethin' Jazz Club in NYC and throughout the tri-state area. Critic Bill Milkowski describes tenor saxophonist John Petrucelli’s work as “flowing and intense... Petrucelli weds astounding technique to harmonic and rhythmic invention and a forceful sense of swing.” In 2015 sees Petrucelli surging onto the jazz scene with his compelling debut album The Way, which will be released on February 3, 2015, featuring emerging jazz artists Peter Park (guitar), Victor Gould (piano), Alexander Claffy (bass) and Gusten Rudolph (drums) alongside legendary drummer Victor Lewis.

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Marshall Gilkes, Marilyn Maye and more

Read "Marshall Gilkes, Marilyn Maye and more" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The legendary singer Marilyn Maye kicks off this week's Neon Jazz in pure style with a classic song and a clip from her live 90th Birthday performance in Kansas City on Veteran's Day 2018. We catch up with new work by the great John Petrucelli off his 2018 CD Presence and move on into the great ...

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John Petrucelli: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Call it what? Jazz-op? Jazzical? Silly names aside, histories of jazz and classical music are littered with failed attempts. Saxophonist John Petrucelli, an instructor at Carnegie Mellon University and student of jazz history, astronomy and philosophy, takes the lessons in and presents us with Presence. This ambitious and rewarding album successfully melds an up-for-it jazz quintet ...

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John Petrucelli: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Tenor-saxophonist John Petrucelli's Presence is an ambitious sprawl of an album. Petrucelli features a jazz quintet (with piano, bass, guitar and drums) together with a string quartet, then gives his tunes titles like “Field of Heaven," “Garden of Angels," and “Scallop Shell of Quiet," as if to warn the listener that the album carries more conceptual ...

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John Petrucelli: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Dustin Mallory

The sophomore effort from saxophonist John Petrucelli is a fresh and timely release of original compositions that were recorded in 2017 at the New Hazlett Theatre in Pittsburgh. The forthcoming album, titled Presence, pairs a jazz quintet with a string quartet as they perform John's majestic ten-movement suite. The album also features a guest appearance from ...

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John Petrucelli Quintet: The Way

Read "The Way" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The debut release from saxophonist John Petrucelli packs a mean punch. For his first outing, this Pittsburgh-based tenor man put together a lengthy, two-disc program that showcases his writing and, of greater note, his chops. In some ways, this can be seen as a musical shock and awe campaign. Petrucelli's muscular tenor proves ...


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