Award winning drummer Marcello Pellitteri is also an educator, composer, arranger and producer. recipient of the una vita per il jazz award at the 1986 harlem festival (italy)
His latest CD "Aquarius Woman" received a rare 4&1/2 stars review from Downbeat.
His previous CD “Acceptance” has been considered “emotionally shattering… one of the year’s most strikingly beautiful releases” (Jazz Corner)and got 5 Stars rating by All About Jazz.
Pellitteri graduated Cum Laude at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and then received a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies with Distinction in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. He studied with Alan dawson, bob moses and bob kaufman.
For nearly 33 years, Pellitteri has taught at Berklee, where he is currently a Professor. he has criss-crossed musical genres playing with jazz legends, pop stars And young lions.
performances and recordings with grammy award winners New York Voices, Dave Samuels, Slide Hampton, Paquito D’Rivera, joe henderson, woody shaw, jon hendricks, tom harrell, wynton marsalis, dave liebman, john abercrombie, mick goodrick, bucky pizzarelli, buddy de franco, kenny barron, miroslav vitous, eddie gomez, mulgrew miller, jacky terrasson, the Boston Pops, the Taipei Philharmonic and the Gipsy Kings.
He has scored music for several theater plays.
Moreover he has performed for prominent international political figures, Royal families and Head of States, such as President Clinton at the White House, Prince Alberto of Monaco in Montecarlo and Princess Margriet of The Netherlands.
Pellitteri has recorded over 100 albums, 5 of which as a leader. he has appeared on the stages of worldwide festivals and broadcast programs. concerts at Radio City Music Hall, Boston Symphony Hall and performances on NBCˆs Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien as well as numerous Asian, South American and European radio and TV shows.
When he’s 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.