Gianluca Petrella is an Italian jazz trombonist. He is internationally considered one of the best young jazz trombonists. In 2001 he won Italy's Django d'Or Award as well as Musica Jazz's annual critics poll as Best Young Talent. In 2006 and 2007 he won in Down Beat's Best Emerging Artist category the award of Best Trombonist. He started his career with Roberto Ottaviano in 1993. He has worked with many international musicians including Joey Calderazzo, Jimmy Owens, Greg Osby, Carla Bley, Pat Metheny, Marc Ducret, Manu Dibango, Nicola Conte, Bobby Previte and Enrico Rava.
His most remarkable project is "Indigo 4", with Paolino Dalla Porta, Francesco Bearzatti and Fabio Accardi with whom he recorded Indigo 4 and Kaleido. The recordings were released on Blue Note and were well accepted by critics. While noted influences include Thelonius Monk, Duke Ellington and Sun Ra, Petrella also uses loops and sound effects.