Grammy nominated organist and winner of Downbeat Magazine’s 2016 rising star poll, Pat Bianchi has established himself as one of the premier organists on the international scene today. His command of the instrument, harmonic prowess, rhythmic intensity and versatility are rivaled by few. Along with leading his current group, he performs regularly with jazz guitar icon, Pat Martino and also continues to perform with NEA Jazz Master and saxophone legend, Lou Donaldson. Born in Rochester New York, Bianchi comes from a musically gifted family. He began playing organ at the age of 7 and was playing his first professional gigs by the age of 11. While in grade school, he enrolled in The Eastman School of Music’s preparatory program for piano and music theory at the same time Pat was being mentored by numerous musicians in the Rochester music scene. Bianchi continued his studies at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Piano Performance. While having the honor to perform with such greats as: Red Holloway, Terell Stafford, Peter Bernstein, Dakota Staton, Ralph Peterson, Tim Warfield, Chuck Loeb, Mark Whitfield and many others. Bianchi has released six CD's as a leader and is also a featured artist on over 30 recordings. His newest release, "In The Moment” (Which was #1 on Jazzweek Radio Charts and #2 for over 7 weeks) features an array of guests including Pat Martino, Kevin Mahogany, Joe Locke, Peter Bernstein, Paul Bollenback, Byron Landham, Carmen Intorre, Jr.
Winner of 2016 Downbeat Magazines Critics Rising Star Poll
Official endorsing artist of Viscount Legend Organs, IK Multimedia software, Loundsberry Pedals, Pearl~McMillen Instruments and Acustica Audio.
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"The legacy and tradition of the organ is dependent on the young players of today. Pat Bianchi is one of the voices who will take it into the future." ~ Dr. Lonnie Smith
"A virtuosic organist" ~ Pat Martino
“Bianchi has carved out a spot for himself among jazz’s elite organists. While he’s a proponent of the classic organ trio sound, he’s not confined by it.” Phil Lutz ~ Downbeat
Bianchi has a masterful touch with grooving bass lines and a scorching right-hand technique ~ Bill Milkowski (Downbeat Magazine)
The irreplaceable sound of the Hammond B3, nicely shaped by Bianchi's fresh approach, strongly contributes to a sense of modernism steeped in tradition