Tivon Pennicott was born in Marietta, Georgia in December of 1985. He began studying tenor saxophone in high school, garnering recognition early on as an outstanding soloist in the Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington competition, as well as the Georgia All-state Jazz Band. In 2004, he relocated to Miami to study at the Frost School of Music, where he had the opportunity to perform alongside artists such as: Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, and Maria Schneider.
While still in college, guitar legend Kenny Burrell invited Tivon to join his quintet. He would then go on to appear on Burrell’s 2008 live release, "Be Yourself." Tivon’s continuing association with Burrell has led to numerous performance opportunities at many of America's greatest jazz venues including: Blue Note, Billboard Live (Japan) Catalina's Jazz Club (Los Angeles, Yoshi's Jazz Club (Oakland and San Francisco), Smalls Jazz Club etc. alongside special guests like Stevie Wonder, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, and many others.
Tivon moved to New York in 2009 and has since established himself as a talented young leader, as well as a versatile sideman. He enjoys collaborating with a variety of bandleaders on their own tours and recording projects-from jazz songstress Nellie Mckay, Grammy nominee Gregory Porter, R&B crooner Joe Thomas-to central figures in the contemporary jazz scene, like Ari Hoenig, E.J. Strickland and Marko Djordevic. Most recently, Tivon toured with the 2-time Grammy Award Winner, Esperanza Spalding, appearing on her crossover success, "Radio Music Society."
Tivon’s own endeavors as a leader showcase his tenacity as a player, while also providing a forum for his audacious compositions. His unique style incorporates his masterful attention to rhythm, tasteful melodic lines, and his deep understanding of the importance of the groove. His maturity as a player extends far beyond his years, facilitating music that is refreshing, insightful, and deliciously exciting. Look for his debut album as a leader in late 2013.
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