Big John Patton was born July 12, 1935 in Kansas City,
Missouri. A self-taught musician, he started playing the
piano in 1948 and landed his first big gig touring with R&B
sensation Lloyd Price from 1954-1959.
Upon his arrival in New York, around 1960, Patton began
making the transition from piano to organ. Throughout the
1960's he recorded extensively for Blue Note Records as a
leader and sideman, most notably with Grant Green and Lou
His music evolved to incorporate elements of modal and
free jazz, without ever losing the basic, earthy groove that
he brought to it from the beginning.
He wrote some organ jazz classics such as "Funky Mama"
and "The Yodel." His music will be remembered fondly by
musicians and fans