Rick Petrone is a bassist who has been active in jazz since the 1960s. Born in Stamford, CT near New York in 1947, he lived in L.A. as a child but has spent most of his life on the East Coast. After graduating from Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1969 with a degree in music education, Petrone played with Buddy Rich and went on to play with Marian McPartland in 1970-71, Maynard Ferguson from 1972-74, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis band in 1975 and Chet Baker in 1976. Around the mid-1970s, Petrone was a member of New York Mary, an obscure fusion band that included Joe Corsello and Bruce Johnstone and recorded two albums for Arista Freedom: New York Mary and A Piece of the Apple. Since 1978, Petrone has been working regularly with acoustic pianist Joyce DiCamillo. The pianist's working trio, which includes Petrone on bass and Corsello on drums, performed frequently in the 1980s, but didn't recording any albums until the 1990s. Petrone has been employed on DiCamillo's albums A Touch of Jazz (1994), Freelancin' (a 1996 session featuring Houston Person), Moment to Moment (1998) and Love Letters (1999).
by Alex Henderson