Biography

       Georgi Petrov has been developing his reputation as a reliable sideman, a session musician and a strong leader on the New Orleans jazz scene since his arrival in 2011. His appreciation and understanding of a wide range of styles (traditional jazz, gypsy jazz, swing, straight-ahead, funk, and fusion) has earned him the spot in various New Orleans bands: Zazou City, the Reboppers, Ricky Sebastian’s Lifetime Band and Loose Willis. Georgi has also shared the stage with musicians like Matt Perrine, Davell Crawford, Aurora Nealand, Dave Stryker, Jerry Coker, Mulgrew Miller, Lionel Loueke and has been a sideman on multiple occasions with the Vipers, the Royal Roses, Russell Welch's Hot Quartet and Sasha Masakowski’s group. 
      In the spring of 2013 Georgi recorded his first album, Lost Originals, with Sam Wiseman on drums, Trey Boudreaux on bass and Doc Sharp on keys all of whom are some of the most prominent young jazz musicians on the New Orleans jazz scene. The album features five original composition by Georgi and two compositions by Trey Boudreaux and Sam Wiseman. Recorded at Word of Mouth studio, Georgi edited, mixed and mastered the recordings himself and considers the music to be a clear representation of his overall musical direction, tastes and musical tendencies.
     Born in Bulgaria in 1987, Georgi studied classical guitar from the age of twelve until the end of his college career at Lawrence University in Appleton,WI where he received a BA in music and economics on a full academic and music scholarships. Being more interested in improvisational music and personal musical interaction, Georgi delved strongly into jazz music under the tutelage of Fred Sturm, Steve Peplin, Mark Urness and Lee Tomboulian at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. In 2013, Georgi served as a graduate assistant and finished his Masters of Music in Jazz Performance at the University of New Orleans with suma cum laude. With the help and supervision of Victor Atkins, Steve Masakowski and Brian Seeger, Georgi finished his comprehensive exams which included the creation of a Jazz Aural Skills Training Book, a Jazz Guitar Method for Classical Guitarists and an Analysis of Gil Evans’ Arranging and Orchestration Techniques on the “Birth of the Cool” album. (available on the Research page)