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Jeb Patton

Described as both a “young phenom…on piano” and an “absolute great,” Jeb Patton has earned a well-regarded reputation in the international jazz community. The multi-talented Patton is known as a “player of great expression” and “not one to tread the predictable,” as well as a “simpatico accompanist” for The Heath Brothers, an “innovative” arranger, and one who “cuts…[an] impressive swath on his composition, ‘Hanna’s Mood,'” a tribute to his late teacher, Sir Roland Hanna.

Jeb Patton graduated magna cum laude 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. As a member of the Duke Jazz Ensemble under Paul Jeffrey, he performed with and/or arranged for more than 60 professional jazz artists, including 48 musicians from New York and more than 12 international jazz musicians from Italy, Monaco, and Portugal.

Studying under Sir Roland Hanna and Jimmy Heath, Jeb earned his Master of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in 1997 from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York, where he also received the Louis Armstrong Award for composition from the ASCAP Foundation.

Since graduating, Jeb has toured throughout the United States and abroad with the Heath Brothers and with Jimmy Heath’s Generations Quintet, performing in theaters, festivals, concert halls, colleges, and clubs. Since moving to New York in 1996, Jeb has also performed with Charles McPherson, The Jimmy Heath Big Band, The Dizzy Gillspie Alumni Big Band, The Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, George Coleman, the Faddis/Hampton/Heath Sextet, James Moody, Jeremy Pelt, Michael Mossman, Lewis Nash, Antonio Hart, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Barbara Cook, Jessye Norman, Frank Wess, Dmitry Baevsky, Grant Stewart, Mike Karn, Joe Magnarelli, Lew Tabackin, Jerry Weldon, Sachal Vasandani, Pete Van Nostrand, Roberta Gambarini, Rodney Green, David Wong, Winard Harper, Diego Urcola, Peter and Will Anderson, Willie Jones III, Marlene Verplank, as well as with his own trio.

Major national and international festival appearances include Savannah Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage, Tri C Festival, Newport (Rhode Island), Mt. Hood (Oregon), Charlie Parker Festival (NYC), Atlanta (Georgia), Baden-Baden Festival (Germany), 8th Salzburg Jazz Autumn Festival (Austria), 45th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival (California), Healdsburg Jazz Festival (California), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Äarhus Jazz Festival (Denmark), the Pori Festival (Finland), Graz “Jazz-Sommer” (Switzerland), and Wiggin Jazz Festival (England). Patton has also appeared on several Jazz Cruises with the Heath Brothers, Charles McPherson, and with Roberta Gambarini.

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"...pianist Jeb Patton is not one to tread the predictable and his time signatures cavort delightfully as he shifts pace and thrust seamlessly. Add clusters of notes and probing lines and this one becomes one for indulgement. Patton cuts another impressive swath on his composition 'Hanna's Mood.' He is a player of great expression, bringing to the surface every little vignette that gives a song its depth and character." --Jerry D'Souza, All About Jazz, March 2004

"It was Jeb Patton who went in for youthful displays: he played a walloping 'Élégie,' a transcription of Art Tatum's version of Massenet. It felt like watching the changes in a fireworks show." --Ben Ratliff, The New York Times, April 4, 2003

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Perseverance

Self Produced
2023

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To Swing Is The Thing

Cellar Music Group
2023

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Preludes

Cellar Records
2023

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Break (Single)

Tiger Turn
2023

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Green On The Scene

Cellar Music group
2023

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Falling

Tiger Turn Productions
2022

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Break

From: Break (Single)
By Jeb Patton

Orpheus

From: Falling
By Jeb Patton

Sisyphus

From: Falling
By Jeb Patton

Let's Fall

From: Falling
By Jeb Patton

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