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Marcello Pellitteri

World-class musician, Marcello Pellitteri, plays with an elusive blend of dazzling precision and creative sensitivity, adding life-force to every song he contributes to. Best known as an award-winning drummer, Pellitteri is also an accomplished pianist, educator, composer, arranger and producer.

His abundant passion for music began early in his home town of Palermo, Sicily. As a teenager, he was already playing in professional jazz groups and had a steady gig as a studio musician on a weekly local TV show. After studying at the University of Palermo, Pellitteri headed across the Atlantic to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he graduated Cum Laude and then received a Master in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music. For nearly 24 years, Pellitteri has served as a Professor at Berklee while maintaining a frenetic schedule of recording sessions and live performances with many of the top names in jazz and ethnic music.

He has played with jazz legends such as Jon Hendricks, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw; with Grammy winners New York Voices, Dave Samuels, Slide Hampton, Paquito D'Rivera; with orchestras such as the Boston Pops, the New Jersey Symphony and the Taipei Philharmonic; also with Miroslav Vitous, Dave Liebman, Winton Marsalis, Claudio Roditi, Jack Walrath, Mick Goodrick, John Abercrombie, Mulgrew Miller, Enrico Pieranunzi, Makoto Ozone, Jacky Terrasson and with the world-renowned rhumba-flamenco group, the Gipsy Kings.

Moreover he has played for prominent international political figures, Royalties and Presidents, such as President Clinton at the White House, Prince Albert of Monaco in Montecarlo and Princess Margriet of the Netherlands. With over 60 albums under his belt, his recording credits include Trio (Projazz), with Aydin Esen and Eddie Gomez; 6x6 (King Records), with Royce Campbell, John Abercrombie; Bohemia (Jazzpoint), with Vic Juris and Miroslav Vitous; Sing,Sing,Sing, (Concord), with the New York Voices; Pas An Dour (Na´ve), with Celtic Tales and Michael Brecker; My Marilyn (Enja), with David Klein and Mulgrew Miller; Chrysalis with Bruno Raberg (Orbis) voted best of 2004 by the Greek newspaper Apopsy; A Day Like This (MCG Jazz) with New York Voices, voted 1 in radio charts. Glowing reviews are too numerous to mention. Likewise, Pellitteri has appeared on the stages of worldwide festivals and broadcast programs, with performances on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", CBS News Sunday Morning and numerous Asian, South American and European radio and TV shows. When he is not on the road, in the studio, or teaching, you might catch Marcello playing with top jazz musicians in New York City, where he lives. ..

 

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