Will Patton




Recommended Listening:
Time's Arrow Buy
Flow Buy
6th Street Runaround Buy
String Theory Buy
Peripherique Buy
Latitudes and Departures Buy
Sample Track:  Mysterieuse
(from "Time's Arrow")

Combine a jazz/choro mandolinist with a symphony violinist who also plays bluegrass and hot swing, add a string bass player who came of age working the Chicago blues clubs with the likes of Howlin' Wolf and Buddy Guy, a professor of music who also plays jazz/ fusion guitar, and a drummer whose career includes the ex-pat jazz world of Paris in the 50s and the folk scene of Greenwich Village in the early 60s. Stir in a little rock & roll attitude and season for 10 years in small clubs and large concert halls and you get some idea of the music of the Will Patton Ensemble.

Led by renowned jazz mandolinist Will Patton, the Ensemble deftly blends these many musical genres into a seamless whole, focusing on high energy improvisation and group interaction. Their repertoire, featuring fiery Brazilian sambas and folk waltzes, gentle choros and hot Gypsy jazz, takes you on a musical journey from a Parisian bistro to a plaza in the heart of Rio, and back home again to your front porch.

Mandolinist and all around string wizard Will Patton, also well known for his fine bass playing, draws a strong influence from jazz, Gypsy, and Brazilian music. His collaborations with the manouche guitarist Ninine Garcia from Paris, documented in the cds "Peripherique" and "String Theory" have been enthusiastically reviewed both in the U.S. and abroad. He teaches jazz mandolin at Jay Ungar and Molly Mason's Ashokan Camp and the Django in June Festival at Smith College. He has performed with Mose Allison and his bands have opened for such acts as Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt and Van Morrison.