Greg Petito is a professional guitar player with over 25 years experience who is well established in the music community of Houston and across the State of Texas. Primarily a jazz and fusion guitar player, he is equally skilled at many other styles and his versatilty has been noted by most peers. On any given day, he can be seen playing jazz, fusion, pop/rock/r&b, Brazilian, as well as classical guitar in ensembles ranging in size from orchestras, big bands, and jazz combos down to solo jazz or classical guitar performances. He maintains an extremely active performance schedule, appearing regularly at local venues such as Cezanne, Jones Hall with the Houston Symphony, House of Blues with the Houston Jazz Orchestra, as well as Miller Outdoor Theater and Revention Music Center as an accompanist with various national/international touring artists. He is also actively involved in recording sessions at Sugar Hill Studios, Wire Road Studios, as well as various private funcions such as weddings, corporate parties, and galas.
Prior to moving to Houston, Greg spent various time based based in Chicago, Dallas, and New York City. He has performed at venues such as the Green Mill in Chicago, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, as well as playing notable jazz festivals such as The Chicago Jazz Festival, Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, Mackinac Island Jazz Festival in Michigan, and in October of 2013, Greg Petito was a featured artist in China at the International Music Festival of Chonqing. He has also toured extensively within the United States, European Union, as well as parts of Northern Africa and Central America with various commercial artists as well as Broadway productions of “Wicked”, “Pippin”, and “Chicago: The Musical”.
Greg is also an active educator and clinician. He is a current faculty member at University of Houston Moores School of Music, Texas Southern University, San Jacinto College (where he runs the Jazz and Classical Guitar programs), as well as the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, teaching jazz guitar lessons and jazz rhythm section classes. He has conducted guitar clinics and has been a featured artist at Sam Houston State University, HSPVA, Texas Southern University, Lone Star College, as well as being the All State Jazz Guitar clinician for the Texas Music Educator's Conference from 2015-2022.
He holds a Master of Music degree in Jazz/Classical Guitar from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz/Classical Guitar from the University of North Texas.