Patton Trio featuring Albert “Tootie” Heath
Jeb Patton, piano; David Wong, bass; Albert “Tootie” Heath,
Tuesday, July 28, 7:30 pm
Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $34 general | $17 students
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Listen: Jeb Patton – "A
Fower is a Lovesome Thing"
Listen: Jeb Patton – "Worlds
With his irrepressibly swinging style and superlative musicianship,
Jeb Patton has quickly become one of the first-call pianists for
jazz artists from a wide range of styles and traditions. Patton
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.
Through gigs with his former mentor Patton formed one of the most
significant musical relationships of his career, becoming the pianist
of choice for the legendary Heath Brothers. He has also performed
and recorded with his own groups, as well as projects led by Lewis
Nash, Winard Harper, and many others. The quality of the musical
company he keeps is a testament to Patton’s versatility,
creativity, and musicianship. Drummer Albert Tootie Heath is a
venerable master who has played on countless recordings with virtually
every jazz legend imaginable. His classic sound embodies the relaxed
yet propulsive feel of the best jazz drumming. Bassist David Wong,
also a frequent collaborator with the Heath Brothers, is another
young musician who has learned from the greatest performers in
jazz and carries their legacy forward.
“…pianist Jeb Patton is… a player
of great expression, bringing to the surface every little vignette
that gives a song its depth and character.”
– All About Jazz
Jeb Patton website
Supported in part by Phillip N. Kirkeby
Photo Credit: Jimmy Ryan.
Q&A with Jeb Patton
What inspires you most?
Having a whole summer day with nothing to do but spend it learning
something new on the piano—with a huge glass of unsweetened
Any pre-gig rituals?
Well, actually, when I felt nervous before a performance a nice run
around the block (or to the gig if I was running late) seemed to
do the trick.
Describe the most memorable gig you’ve ever attended when you
weren’t playing but were in the audience.
I was at the Knickerbocker in NY listening
to Sir Roland Hanna and Ron Carter play duo.
Suddenly, Frank Wess appeared with his flute
and requested "The
Summer Knows". Sir Roland was a bit reluctant, because I think he thought
of that song as something overplayed and over-sentimental. He soon agreed,
and they began to play. At the time, it was fresh to me. Sir Roland absolutely
What’s your pet peeve?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I've always wanted to be more talkative and more at ease in a room
full of people. Either that, or to have a smaller forehead.
Is there a particular teacher or teachers who had a strong influence
Of course, Jimmy Heath. Also, Sir Roland Hanna, and my piano teacher
growing up in Maryland, Doris Chase.
What advice would you give to young jazz musicians developing their
Just like if you were fascinated with lawn mowers and able to completely
dissemble them and reassemble them. Apply that inquisitive mind and
dissemble and reassemble musical ideas, phrases, songs, patterns,
chord progressions, solos etc....
Complete this thought: “I can’t live without…”
Really good coffee.