Frank Petrilli is a jazz accordionist based in Los Angeles, California highly active in both the accordion and wider jazz communities on the West Coast, and throughout the US. A protégé and close friend of the late great jazz accordionist Frank Morocco, Frank has performed with renowned artists such as guitarist John Chiodini at top venues such as “Herb Albert’s” Vibrato’s Grill and Jazz. Here they are playing “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” at the Cotati Accordion Festival in 2013.
Frank has also performed at many of the major accordion festivals and clubs in the US. In October of 2011, Frank appeared on the TV series Mad Men. In 2012, Frank recorded his debut CD, “Totally Frank.” In addition, Frank performed at the Accofestival in Kiev, Ukraine, and at the Fif Castelfidardo, the prestigious annual festival at Italy’s home of the Accordion. As the booking agent and artistic director of the Vibrato Jazz Club, Pat Senator wrote, “Like his mentor, Petrilli gives new life to the accordion with impeccable phrasing and a smooth, fluid style.” That’s exactly what you hear here, as Frank performs one of the tunes in our Core Repertoire this year, “Blusette.”
As you can see, Frank’s interest and experience with jazz is long and deep. But his study of the Gypsy jazz niche is more recent, starting more or less with his attendance at Django in June in 2017. To hear him tell it, he attended at the encouragement of friends, and especially Dallas Vietty, who has taught here many times. Having won Frank over, many of those same friends (including Dallas) have since turned to encouraging me to invite Frank to teach here. OK, ya’ll…you win. We all do!