Tivon Pennicott is a 3-time Grammy award winning tenor saxophonist and composer. After gaining the attention of legendary jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell while still in college, he quickly became a go-to saxophonist for artists including Stevie Wonder, Jon Batiste, Gregory Porter, Esperanza Spalding, and Roy Hargrove. Pennicott released his debut album as leader in 2014 and then spent several years touring with singer Gregory Porter. In 2020 he released his second album, "Spirit Garden," featuring a 26-piece orchestra with percussion and his "chord-less" quartet. Additionally, Pennicott serves as an adjunct professor at New York University.
In 2013 Tivon Pennicott placed 2nd in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Saxophone Competition. Tivon Pennicott contributed to Disney Pixar film "Soul." Tivon Pennicott is a fan of celery juice; he drinks it regularly and even wrote a song titled "Celery Juice."
Tivon Pennicott was born to Jamaican immigrant parents in Marietta Georgia in 1985. He studied piano from a young age and later added the drums, before finally settling on the saxophone. During high school he was a member of the Georgia All-State Jazz Band and earned recognition as as an outstanding soloist in the Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington competition. In 2004 he moved to Miami to study at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. In his senior year, while visiting some friends at UCLA, he had a chance to play for jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell who was so impressed by his talent that he invited Pennicott to sit in with him at Catalina's Jazz Club that evening. This meeting proved to be a turning point in Pennicott's career leading to a longstanding association with Burrell and his appearance on Burrell's 2008 album "Be Yourself."