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Jeb Patton

"He is a player of great expression, bringing to the surface every little vignette that gives a song its depth and character.” ALL ABOUT JAZZ

 

"Patton's playing is consistently a joy throughout... There's an immediate kick every time he enters with a solo. He utilizes expert technical control to manipulate time in such a way as to make it tactical and full. His attack of the keys is crisp and bright." JAZZ INSIDE MAGAZINE

"Patton above all swings incessantly.  He has a fertile imagination, a trait that he shares with Wong and Green." Jersey Jazz

"Jeb Patton is memorable with his piano stylings, and he shines with his interpretations." JAZZREVIEW

 

Patton cites as prime influences Phineas Newborn, Sir Roland Hanna, Bud Powell, Ahmad Jamal, Sonny Clark and Cedar Walton.

 

 

Described as an "absolute great," Jeb Patton has earned a well-regarded reputation in the international jazz community. With his tasteful playing and his unrelenting commitment to swing, Jeb brings a sublime and lively energy to every note he plays and became one of the first-call pianists for jazz artists from a wide range of styles and traditions.

 

As a member of the Heath Brothers and Jimmy Heath's Generations Quintet, he has been touring extensively throughout the world and played in some of the major jazz festivals and venues...

 

Jeb Patton graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree with a major in music from Duke University, where he studied piano with Tibor Szasz, Douglas Buys, and Jane Hawkins. He later studied intensively with tenor saxophone giant Jimmy Heath and pianist Sir Roland Hanna, absorbing the melodic sophistication of these great jazz masters and becoming well-versed in many styles. He earned his Master of Arts degree, in 1997 from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York. He also received the Louis Armstrong Award for composition from the ASCAP Foundation.

 

 

Jeb has performed and/or recorded with a variety of luminaries including Percy Heath, Charles McPherson, Etta Jones, Barbara Cook, James Moody, Rufus Reid, Keter Betts, Eddie Locke, Paul West, Curtis Fuller, Peter Washington, Lewis Nash, Steve Nelson, Frank Wess, Jon Hendricks, Tom Harrell, Jerry Weldon, Roberta Gambarini, Clarence Penn, Peter Bernstein, Terell Stafford, Sean Jones...

 

Jeb Patton recorded  "A LOVESOME THING" in 2005 with Pete Van Nostrand on drums and Vicente Archer on bass. It was followed by “NEW STRIDES” for Maxjazz in 2009, and the beautiful album "SHADES AND TONES" (Cellar Live) which features David Wong (bass) and thre drummers: Pete Van Nostrand, Lewis Nash and Albert “Tootie” Heath on drums, as well as Dmitry Baevsky (alto sax), Michael Rodriguez (trumpet), Elena Pinderhugues (flute)...

September 2018 marks the release of "Tenthish, Live in New York" on Cellar Live, a great concert recorded at Mezzrow with David Wong on bass and Rodney Green on drums.

 

Inspired by the late Sir Roland Hanna, Patton is also very involved with classical music and has played solo recitals at Queensborough Community College and performed with the New York Philomusica, the Queens College Orchestra (Ellington's concerto), and the Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson's New Black Music Repertory Ensemble. When he’s not on the road he also teaches piano, ear training, transcription, jazz piano for non-pianists, arranging, and improvisation at Queens College and Five Towns College. 

 

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