Inspired to switch from piano to organ by Jimmy Smith, Don
Patterson was one of the Hammond B-3's most bop-rooted
players, able to play bluesy soul-jazz grooves or break out
of the pocket for some nimble, sharply defined solo lines.
Though he led numerous recording dates for Prestige and
later Muse, he was best-known as Sonny Stitt's favorite
organist, proving eminently compatible with the Parker-
influenced saxophonist. Patterson was born in Columbus,
OH, on July 22, 1936, and began studying piano as a child.
His first major influence was Erroll Garner, and some of that
flavor remained in his playing even after he heard Jimmy
Smith in 1956 and changed instruments