John Petrucelli

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.”

Petrucelli surged onto the jazz scene in 2015 with his compelling debut album The Way, featuring emerging jazz artists Peter Park (guitar), Victor Gould (piano), Alexander Claffy (bass) and Gusten Rudolph (drums) alongside legendary drummer Victor Lewis.

In 2016, John partnered with co-writer Anastasia Hagermann to form Mischievous Minx, a unique band that blends pop, jazz and r&b influences. Their eponymous debut is now available across all streaming platforms.

John follows up on his debut with the ambitious live album Presence, recorded live in December 2017 at Pittsburgh’s New Hazlett Theater. Broadening his canvas to include string quartet, Petrucelli builds on the quintet sound of The Way with a strong lineup: pianist Brett Williams, guitarist Peter Park, bassist Paul Thompson and drummer Gusten Rudolph are joined by violinists Melissa Hernandez and Ashley Freeburn, violist Olga Taimonov and cellist Katya Janpoladyan. The music, rich in harmonic color and rhythmic detail, is for Petrucelli “a meditation on our state of being, the idea that we are in process, and this music is as well.”

Upcoming in 2018:

John will be touring across the United States with Mischievous Minx and premiering his new suite Presence. He is the Artist in Residence for the Washington and Jefferson jazz program in Spring 2018.  See Upcoming Gigs.

Performance Configurations:

John is currently leading ensembles in a number of configurations for performances from trio, quartet, or quintet. Additionally, he has many original compositions and arrangements for big band suitable for college performance programs.

Educational Outreach:

John is available for educational outreach in the form of:

  • Guest lectures on a range of musical topics
  • Workshops
  • Guest Artist Appearances
  • Educational Residence