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Creative saxophonist Mary Petrich has been developing her own vision for the past 20 years. Her desire to push the boundaries has led her 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, the Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale, the Az. Music Festival Orchestra, and the Nash Composer Coalition.



Date Artist City Venue
11/21/19 Phoenix Jazz Girls Rising Phoenix The Nash
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 110 E. Roosevelt.
11/13/19 Charles Lewis Quintet Scottsdale Kerr Cultural Center
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 6110 N Scottsdale Rd.
11/10/19 Charles Lewis Quintet Phoenix Valley Bar
Time: 7:20pm. Address: 130 North Central Ave.
10/26/19 Women in Jazz Phoenix The Nash
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 110 E. Roosevelt.
10/19/19 “Home” Tempe ASU Gammage
Time: 7:30pm.
10/18/19 Claudia Bloom Trio Phoenix Friendship Village
Time: 7:30pm. Related post.
10/12/19 Uptown Big Band Glendale, AZ Mid Western University
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 19555 N 59th Ave.
09/29/19 Jazz Trio Minneapolis Church Service
Time: 9:30am.
09/19/19 Women in Jazz Phoenix AZ TV Spotlight
Time: 3:30pm. Women in Jazz and Phoenix Jazz Girls Rising
09/14/19 Uptown Big Band Litchfield Park The Wigwam
Time: 7:30pm.
08/20/19 New Guard Big Band Phoenix Musician’s Union Hall
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 1202 E Oak St. 7-9PM
08/10/19 Uptown Big Band Scottsdale Kazimierz World Wine Bar
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 7137 E. Stetson Drive. 9PM-1AM

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Ten composers. Ten performers. Ten premieres.

Developed as a fresh, creative outlet for Phoenix jazz artists, the Nash Composers Coalition makes its debut with a complete program of original works. Spearheaded by Keith Kelly, Jeff Libman, and Russell Schmidt, the Nash Composers Coalition is guided by this principal: each performer should also contribute a new piece for the group to play.

Other venues where Mary Petrich performs include:

The Nash – Phoenix, AZ
Symphony Hall – Phoenix, AZ
Mesa Arts Center – Mesa, AZ
Tucson Jazz Festival – Tucson, AZ
AZ Music Festival – Scottsdale, AZ
The Dakota – St. Paul, MN
The Jazz Room – Kitchener, Ontario
Twin Cities Jazz Festival – St. Paul, MN
Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ
Tempe Arts Festival, Tempe, AZ

Education and Workshops

Tucson Girls Jazzin It Up Jazz Intensive

June 3rd through June 19
Ages 10-17
Tucson Jazz Foundation

Phoenix College Summer Jazz Workshop

June 10. 11, 12
Phoenix College
With instructors Ryan Anthony, Claudia Bloom

“(Mary) Petrich is an Arizona-based working musician who finds moments of splendor in a wide variety of gigs. Every time she steps onstage, she finds new nuances to uncover.  In her latest release; 2016’s ‘Murmuration’, she and the quartet keep the tracks light and lovely, with surreal moments of incredible synchronicity… (her) contemplative, exotic Middle-Eastern styled ‘Neptune’ is the longest piece in the group, yet the most satisfying spiritually, as the saxophonist shows the listener just what she means by avoiding repetition and embracing change, in an organic, languid pace. It’s as if the thoughts and images move her hands and her breath as they filter through her physical form and down to her soul.”

Review by Carol Weber, AXS

murmuration cover

New album out now!

Unveiling a natural evolution of an impressive career that has ranged from modern classical to big band to the avant garde, the pioneering Petrich literally takes flight on her noteworthy new CD, Murmuration (Surface Tension Records).

Murmuration unleashes ten compelling forays into an instrumental realm that is both challenging and accessible. Petrich’s tenor and soprano saxophone leads are sparse but profound as she speaks volumes through each solo. Her OpenHand quartet is rounded out by guitarist Alex Oliverio, bassist Sean Brogan and drummer Ryan Anthony, and together the foursome reveals a decidedly cool chemistry at work.



Audio Samples


by Mary Petrich: Mary Petrich and OpenHand, with Alex Oliverio, Sean Brogan and Ryan Anthony | Murmuration

October Song

by Sean Brogan: Mary Petrich and OpenHand, with Alex Oliverio and Ryan Anthony | Murmuration

Lunch with Burroughs

by Ryan Anthony: Mary Petrich and OpenHand, with Alex Oliverio and Sean Brogan | Murmuration

Nar Waltz

by Alex Oliverio: Mary Petrich and OpenHand, with Sean Brogan and Ryan Anthony | Murmuration