Born in 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, John Patitucci began playing the electric bass at the age of ten. John studied classical bass at San Francisco State University and Long Beach State University. In 1980, he continued his career in Los Angeles as a studio musician and a jazz artist.
As a studio musician, John has played on countless albums and soundtracks with artists such as B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, Was Not Was, Dave Grusin, Natalie Cole, Bon Jovi, Queen Latifah, Sting, and Carly Simon.
As a performer, he has played throughout the world with his own band, and with jazz luminaries Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Hubert Laws, Mulgrew Miller, James Williams, and scores of others.
His many recordings with Chick Corea's Elektric Band and Akoustic Band, his six solo recordings for GRP Records and his seven subsequent recordings on Concord Records have earned him three Grammy Awards (one for playing and one for composing) and over fifteen Grammy nominations. In addition, his first solo recording, JOHN PATITUCCI, went to number one on the Billboard Jazz charts.
Since moving back to the New York area in 1996, John has continued to work and tour around the world with his own trios and quartets, the Wayne Shorter Quartet and a new group, Children of the Light, which features Danilo Perez and Brian Blade.