Bosko Petrovic (b. in Bjelovar, Feb. 18, 1935) began to play violin at the age of seven passing on to the accordion, drums and finally thevibraphone. As a violinist he founded his first combo group in 1950. 1959. Bosko Petrovic founded the Zagreb Jazz Quartet whose repertoire was based primarily on original music inspired by the musical tradition of his country. The Quartet soon gained recognition aboard for the original style of what came be called Balkan jazz. (J.E. Berendt in Twen Magazine, 1962). During its Eight active year, the Quartet gave numerous concerts home and aboard (Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Germany, France, the Soviet Union). After a one year break, the Quartet become the Zagreb Jazz Quintet joined by the distinguished American trumpet player Art Farmer in the season 1968/69.
In 1970. Bosko reorganized the group again. This time he relied on talented young musicians and formed the B.P. Convention, which toured Austria, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Germany, France, Sweden, Norway, India, Japan, the Soviet Union and the United States. In association with several brilliant jazz musicians from Eastern Europe (Michael Urbaniak, Zbigniew Seifert, Woldemierz Nahorny, Csaba Dése-, Aladar Pege, Radul Mihaly, Janos Fogarasi, Jiri Stivin, Ernst Ludwig Petrovsky, Simeon Sterev, Dan Mindrila), Bosko also organized the Novocovertibile All Stars group with which he plays and records from time to time. Duo with the Zagreb pianist Neven Franges originates from the middle of 1985. Program which has Bosko Petrovic written or arranged for the Duo comprises besides a series of Bosko’s original compositions also the so called classical works by Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Lewis, George Gershwin… Bosko frequently appears on radio and TV as author and MC of jazz programmes. He is a recipient of the Slavenski Award the Town of Zagreb Award and Croatian Grammy award Porin. Today Bosko lives & works in Zagreb, operating his own jazz club (the B.P. Club) in the very center of town and successfully running his own Jazzete record company. Of course, he is still swinging his good old vibes this time as a leader of B.P. Club All Stars.
Bosko Petrovic has played and recorded with series of international jazz stars: John Lewis, Makoto Ozone, Kenny Drew, Dado Moroni, Mel Waldron, Hank Jones, Lou Levy, Fritz Pauer, Nat Pierce, Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Attila Zoller, Philip Chaterine, N.H.O. Pedersen, Marc Johnson, Richard Davis, Jimmy Woode, Monty Budwig, Ray Brown, Connie Kay, Alvin Queen, Ed Thigpen, Bobby Durham, Phylly Joe Jones, Art Taylor, Tito Puente, Lawrence Marable, Martin Drew, Art Farmer, Clark Terry, Ted Curson, Bennie Bailey, Buck Clayton, Guy Barker, Bill Berry, Albert Mangelsdorff, Slide Hampton, Kai Winding, Vic Dickenson, Curtis Fuller, Bob Brookmeyer, Jiggs Wigham, Gianni Basso, Pete King, Alan Skidmore, Stan Getz, Sal Nistico, Johnny Griffin, Jerome Richardson, Leo Wright, Bob Mover, Richie Cole, Oliver Nelson, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Miklin, Bennie Wallace, Ernie Wilkins, Scott Hamilton, Don Menza, Bob Cooper, Lanny Morgan, Jack Nimitz, Red Holloway, Svend Asmussen, Buddy de Franco, James Newton, Georgie Fame, Hellen Merril, Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Witherspoon, Andy Bey… Bosko Petrovic also played as a feature soloist with many big bands: Oliver Nelson, Gerry Mulligan, Woddy Herman, Tito Puente, Gerald Wilson, Gustav Brom, Clark Terry , Big Band S¸d, T. Akiyoshi – L. Tabackin Big Band…
OTHERS ABOUT BOSKO PETROVIC…
Bosko Petrovic led his vibraphone and his group through the charming set stylistically placed between M.J.Q. and Garry Burton. He is the Croatian answer to Milt Jackson!
Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles
The B.P. Convention quartet preformed a cohesive, modern sound, with leader Bosko Petrovic’s vibes especially cool, yet assertive.
Eliot Tiegel, Billboard, N.Y.
Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, came from another part of the globe. The B.P. Convention preformed delicate magic! They played marvelously!
Peter Ross, The Detroid News, Detroit
Petrovic is a player of exceptional skills, a composer of imagination and perhaps even something of an innovator to his instrument. His percussive attack included sustained tremolos with the handle tips of the mallets and soft hand palming on Night before Corrida an original.
W. Royal Stokes, The Washington Post, Washington
Modelled on the M.J.Q. tradition Bosko Petrovic is an excellent musician capable of transposing the musical tradition of his country into modern jazz idiom.
Roger Dean, Jazz Journal, London
Soft and vibrant, Bosko Petrovic stirred the audience with the performance of With Pain I Was Born. Like this Pole Namyslowsky, he uses his talent as a bridge between the cultural tradition of his country and those of the world.
Yusuf Gandhy, Times of India, Bombay
Bosko, inspite of his bulk, seemed to have an extra-soft touch on the vibes, showing that feeling counts more than mindblowing, and lightening speed which is intended to impress music freaks.
Dharam Singh, Evening News, Delhi
Basically Bosko Petrovic is very sensitive vibe player, but is also capable of creating the big, strong, swinging sound of Lionel Hampton’s.
Franco Fayenz, Corriere della Sera, Milano
Petrovic is a die-hard be-booper and modern jazz vibraphone stylist who refuses to have anything to do with the ultra-modernists. His jazz has a strong melody line.
Mitsuru Yagi, Tokio Shimbun, Tokio
So Buck Clayton and big Joe Turner meet the Zagreb Jazz Quartet. The Z.J.Q. are better then i anticipated. Especially Bosko Petrovic who is outstanding on vibes!
Ron Simpson, The Jazz Rag, Birmingham