Patton Trio featuring Tootie Heath
member of the “Sharp Nine Class of 2001” and
regular accompanist for the Heath Brothers, pianist
Jeb Patton was mentored by Sir Roland Hanna and
Jimmy Heath while earning his Master of Arts at the
Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College
New York. With a style described as “post” or “neo”
bop, Patton received the Louis Armstrong award for
composition from the ASCAP Foundation. Drummer Tootie Heath, the younger brother of Percy and
Jimmy Heath, made his professional recording debut
with John Coltrane. Along with his ongoing projects
with the Heath Brothers, Tootie has had an enviable
career as one of the most sought-after drummers
in jazz, playing on recordings by Art Farmer, Nina
Simone, Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon, Yusef
Lateef and dozens more.
In order to get to know him better, we asked
Jeb to answer a few questions. Here’s
what he had to say:
What is the first recording you
remember hearing as a child?
The Best of the Muppet Show, featuring Kermit’s “It’s
Not Easy Being Green,” gonzo’s version
of “Flight of the Bumblebee” and the badumadum song.
strangest experience you've ever had on the bandstand?
Playing with the Heath Bros. in Bucarest, Romania, in the
middle of a torrential rainstorm.
When did you become interested
in music, and what circumstances or events led to your
becoming a professional musician?
My father played piano for fun (was a self-taught, somewhat
tortured classical pianist) so I
always heard piano music growing up. I mostly played classical in
school. In college, I became
more and more immersed in jazz (playing, arranging, and performing
with people from New
York, mostly be default), but the next thing I knew I was surrounded
If you were stranded on a desert
island and could only have three recordings with you, what
would they be?
Art Tatum Pablo set, Wynton Kelly “Blues On Purpose” and
Arthur Rubenstein, Chopin
Ballades and Scherzi.
Who is your greatest
Sir Roland Hanna.
To find out more about Jeb, go to jebpatton.com