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.
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.
moved to New York in 2009 and has since established himself as a
talented young leader. Tivon is a 2-time Grammy winner as well as a
2nd place winner in the prestigious Thelonius Monk Competition. He
enjoys collaborating with a variety of bandleaders on their own tours
and recording projects-from Grammy winner Gregory Porter appearing
his albums "Be Good" and "Liquid Spirit", 2-time
Grammy Award Winner, Esperanza Spalding, appearing on her crossover
success, "Radio Music Society," Roy Hargrove's RH
Factor and the Roy Hargrove Big Band, jazz songstress Nellie Mckay,
R&B crooner Joe Thomas- to central figures in the contemporary
jazz scene, like Ari Hoenig, E.J. Strickland and Marko Djordevic.
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 2014.
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