Born: August 17, 1974
Described as both a young phenom... on piano and an absolute great, Jeb Patton has earned a well-regarded reputation in the international jazz community. The multi-talented Patton is known as a player of great expression and not one to tread the predictable, as well as a simpatico accompanist for The Heath Brothers, an innovative arranger, and one who cuts…[an] impressive swath on his composition, 'Hanna's Mood,' a tribute to his late teacher, Sir Roland Hanna.
Jeb Patton graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree with a major in music from Duke University, where he studied piano with Tibor Szasz, Douglas Buys, and Jane Hawkins. As a member of the Duke Jazz Ensemble under Paul Jeffrey, he performed with and/or arranged for more than 60 professional jazz artists, including 48 musicians from New York and more than 12 international jazz musicians from Italy, Monaco, and Portugal....
It was Jeb Patton who went in for youthful displays: he played a walloping 'Élégie,' a transcription of Art Tatum's version of Massenet. It felt like watching the changes in a fireworks show. --Ben Ratliff, The New York Times, April 4, 2003
Jeb Patton, who studied with Sir Roland at Queens College, gave a sparkling, characterful account of the solo line... --Allan Kozinn, Remembering a Jazzman As a Classmate and Teacher The New York Times, January 27, 2003
Patton cites as prime influences McCoy Tyner, Bud Powell, Ahmad Jamal and Cedar Walton, but credits Queens College faculty member Roland Hanna as a recent inspiration. Patton's immersion in Hanna's concept comes through in All Is Not Lost, a ruminative original with a Bossa feel that displays true reverence for harmony; he pays homage to [Jimmy] Heath on an arrangement of The Quota, an early '60s Heath opus with a bracing shout chorus. --Ted Panken, Downbeat, Jazziz, WKCR
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