Patrick Burnette

Patrick is one half of the Jazz Bastard podcast.

My Jazz Story

Published on: 2017-09-20

I love jazz because of its mix of art and popular music--it appeals to the ass and the intellect. I was first exposed to jazz when I picked saxophone as my instrument (so shiny; so many keys) and looked for music on it. As far as meeting musicians--Jimmie Smith yelled at me once for looking underwhelmed during his performance at Chicago's Jazz Showcase. On a happier note, I met Sophie Faught at the Chatterbox in Indianapolis and she was a fantastic guest on the podcast. The best show I ever attended was (recently) Tomeka Reid Quartet with Mary Halvorson at Chicago Jazz Festival 2015 or so. The first jazz record I bought idea. Miles' not so good "Man with the Horn" was an early purchase. I've bought over a hundred other albums by him since--almost all of them better than MWTH. My advice to new listeners--the brain is making new connections all the time--what seems impenetrable at first may turn out to be a favorite later. Be patient and have fun! I am half of the Jazz Bastard podcast--available at

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