March 15 & April 19
Chandler Jazz Festival
Saxophonist Mary Petrich is a multifaceted performer and artist. She has been performing professionally since the age of 18. Her training includes a BM in saxophone performance from Indiana University and MM in saxophone performance from Arizona State University, as well as independent study in Paris, New York, and Phoenix.
Living in the valley since 1983, Mary has worked with and currently works with a panoply of local and national artists, including the Phoenix Symphony, Sun City Orchestra, singer Lou Rawls, Monica Mancini, Bette Midler, Kristin Chenoweth, George Benson, The Temptations, among others.
Her educational focus includes: Phoenix Jazz Girls Rising, Tucson Jazz Institute- “Girls Jazzin’ It Up” summer workshop, Phoenix College jazz combos and improvisation classes, middle school and high school jazz ensembles.
Mary has been developing her own vision for the past 20 years, leading to many projects and collaborations, the latest being the album “Murmuration” with her quartet OpenHand.
With an abiding love for free style improvisation and the intimate collaboration of small group settings, she is equally at home playing standards and working in larger group formats. Large group work includes the Phoenix Symphony, Tucson Symphony, the Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale, Arizona Music Festival Orchestra, the Desert Sonoran Chorale and the Nash Composer Coalition.