North Carolina jazz alto saxophonist John Palowitch grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and began playing jazz in his teens. In 2008, John began his undergraduate degree at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and graduated in May 2012 with a double major in jazz studies and mathematics. During for most of his time at UM’s Frost School of Music he played with Frost’s premiere jazz orchestra (the Concert Jazz Band) which performed for school functions and as a for-hire area band. His tenure with the orchestra included guest performances with jazz greats Terence Blanchard, Dave Grusin, Chris Potter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dave Koz, and Gordon Goodwin, among many others. John also played with the C.J.B. as part of the Frost Mancini Orchestra, which played on television specials and produced multiple live and studio recordings, one of which was nominated for a GRAMMY award in 2011. In addition to his work with Frost’s C.J.B., John performed locally around Miami as part of small jazz ensembles and theater orchestras.
As a matter of personal interest and passion, John was unable to quit the study of science and mathematics, and is now pursuing his Ph.D. in Applied Statistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At night he plays gigs in the area and frequents local jam sessions. He is honored and grateful to be a newcomer to the Durham jazz scene, which is growing and thriving.
John has an immense amount of gratitude for his family and friends for being sources of inspiration and support, but mostly, for simply being awesome. He would especially like to thank, for their direct contribution to his growth as a person and musician: his parents, Marilyn and Carl; his high school band teachers, Mark Aubel and Jonathan Grantham; his saxophone teacher of seven years Daniel Zinn; his undergraduate saxophone teacher of two years Matthew Vashlishan; and Dean Shelly Berg of the Frost School of Music.