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Ben Patterson

Ben Patterson is one of the most easily recognizable trombonists and big band arrangers today. His fiery approach to the trombone, whether from the lead chair or solo mic, has excited listeners around the world for more than two decades. From his early years in his hometown of Sapulpa, OK, Ben was drawn to sounds of all kinds. He had a drive to compose tunes by the age of eight. When he started trombone in 6th grade, he found his voice. Sapulpa’s excellent directors pushed him to improve and exposed him to great music. Ben continued his education at the University of North Texas, where he continued to develop his playing chops


Groove Junkies

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Exclamation; Interesting Times; The Way of the Groove; Stank Face; Cheese Hat; Espíritu Valiente.


Article: Multiple Reviews

Hammonds Abound: Koppel Blade Koppel and The Bobby Broom Organ-isation

Read "Hammonds Abound: Koppel Blade Koppel and The Bobby Broom Organ-isation" reviewed by Doug Collette

Is there an organ trio revival underway in the jazz universe? Boston has bequeathed the Tim Carman Organ Trio, while western New York state has bestowed Organ Fairchild upon us. Meanwhile, the Tony Monaco Trio continues to wend its way along the golden road of seemingly unlimited devotion. Now, guitarist Bobby Broom has deigned to revisit ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Chris Potter, Lee Konitz, Ben Patterson and Stephen Phillip Harvey

Read "Chris Potter, Lee Konitz, Ben Patterson and Stephen Phillip Harvey" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We begin the 855th Episode of Neon Jazz with composer Stephen Phillip Harvey and the title track from his live album Elemental. From there, we feature new music from Win Pongsakorn, Meg Okra, Ben Patterson and Andrea Wolper. We also hear from the late Ron Miles and music from a decade-old live concert in Colorado. We ...


Song of the Day


Label: Origin Records
Released: 2024
Duration: 06:57


Article: Album Review

Ben Patterson Jazz Orchestra: Groove Junkies

Read "Groove Junkies" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Groove junkies searching for a fix need look no further. Mainlining this music--a hard-hitting big band set that satisfies as it soars--offers a serious high. With a pen and mind untrammeled by norms and expectations, and a tight crew of musical compatriots bringing stentorian sound and vision to his book, trombonist-composer Ben Patterson delivers the goods ...


Article: Album Review

Samara Joy: Linger Awhile [Deluxe Edition]

Read "Linger Awhile [Deluxe Edition]" reviewed by Dave Linn

Samara Joy's meteoric rise since graduating from High School has been well documented. As a college junior, she filmed herself singing Ella Fitzgerald's “Take Love Easy" accompanied by one of her professors, pianist Pete Malinverni. The video went viral, garnering over one million views. She then put up a GoFundMe page, quickly reaching the $8,000 goal ...


The Way of the Groove

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Anniversary Patio; Here Now; FLT; Stank Face; The Lucky One; The Way of the Groove; What Happens Next? (Intro); What Happens Next?; This and That; Hangin’.


Article: Album Review

Shawn Purcell: 180

Read "180" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Guitarist Shawn Purcell's latest CD, 180, is all about swinging; Purcell's trio (Pat Bianchi on Hammond B3 organ, Jason Tiemann on drums) nestles squarely into the groove on the double-quick opener, “Cat and Mouse," which sets an upbeat tone for the album as a whole. The rhythm seldom flags on Purcell's sunny compositions ...


Article: Album Review

Ben Patterson: The Way of the Groove

Read "The Way of the Groove" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Ben Patterson is well versed in the way of the groove. The veteran trombonist, best known for his lengthy stint with the Airmen of Note, uses this date to deliver some hip yet sophisticated work that leans on funky foundations, driving ambitions and glorious grit. Showcasing his impressive slide work alongside a positively electric outfit, Patterson ...


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