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2009 Stanford Jazz Festival


> 2009 Festival At A Glance
June 26   James Moody Quartet featuring Benny Green
June 27   Early Bird featuring Crosspulse Duo/Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble
June 27   Gonzalo Rubalcaba
June 28   Dafnis Prieto Si o Si Quartet
July 3   Bobbe Norris with the Larry Dunlap Trio
July 5   Songs of Sinatra: An American Celebration
July 10   Wycliffe Gordon Quartet
July 11   Early Bird Jazz: Woodwinds & Strings
July 11   Regina Carter Quintet
July 12   Everything You Wanted to Know About Jazz (But Were Afraid to Ask)
July 12   Wesla Whitfield & the Mike Greensill Trio
July 17   Brazilian Guitarist Paulo Bellinati with special guests Carlos Oliveira & Harvey Wainapel
July 18   The Donald Harrison 3D Experience
July 19   Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet
July 20   Blastin’ Barriers with Frederick Harris & Friends
July 21   Julian Lage Group
July 22   Ruth Davies Blues Night with Elvin Bishop
July 23   Simply Standards with Melecio Magdaluyo
July 25   Matt Wilson’s Sonic Garden featuring Julian Lage
July 26   Taylor Eigsti & Free Agency
July 27   Horace-Scope with Jaz Sawyer
July 28   Jeb Patton Trio featuring Albert “Tootie” Heath
July 29   1959 Revisited
July 30   SJW Mentors with Matt Wilson
Aug 1   Madeline Eastman featuring Terell Stafford
Aug 2   The Heath Brothers
Aug 3   Generations Jazz Project
Aug 4   Stan@Stanford: Remembering Stan Getz
Aug 5   Mulgrew Miller Trio
Aug 7   SJW All-Star Jam Session
Aug 8   Dena DeRose Quartet featuring Steve Davis

Jeb Patton Trio featuring Albert “Tootie” Heath
Jeb Patton, piano; David Wong, bass; Albert “Tootie” Heath, drums

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 Apart"

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 ice tea.  

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 created magic.

What’s your pet peeve?
Being late

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 on you?
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 craft?
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.