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Big John Patton

Born: July 12, 1935 | Died: March 19, 2002    Primary Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3

Big John Patton

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 Donaldson.

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....
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As a leader and sideman
LOU DONALDSON - THE NATURAL SOUL - BN 84108 (9/5/1962)
FRED JACKSON SESSION – INC COWBELL BOOGIE – BN 21484 (21/6/62)
LOU DONALDSON - GOOD GRACIOUS - BN 84125 (24/1/1963)
JIMMY SMITH - ROCKIN' THE BOAT - BN 84141 (7/2/1963) Patton on tambourine!
GRANT GREEN - BLUES FOR LOU - BN CDP7 21438 (20/2&7/6/63)
JOHN PATTON - ALONG CAME JOHN - BN 84130 (5/4/1963)
JOHNNY GRIFFIN & MATTHEW GEE - SOUL GROOVE - ATL 1431 (14/5/1963)
GRANT GREEN - AM I BLUE - BN 84139 (16/5/1963)
HAROLD VICK - STEPPIN' OUT - BN 84138 (27/5/1963)
LOU DONALDSON - A MAN WITH A HORN - BN CDP7 21436 (7/6/63)
JOHN PATTON - BLUE JOHN - BN 84143 (11/7&2/8/1963)
LOU DONALDSON - SIGNIFYIN' - CADET 724 (17/7/1963) DON WILKERSON - SHOUTIN' - BN 84145 (29/7/1963)
RED HOLLOWAY - THE BURNER - PR 7299 (10/10/1963)
LOU DONALDSON - POSSUM HEAD - CADET 734 (28/1/1964)
UNISSUED H VICK SESSION FOR BN (27/5/64) (2 tracks)
JOHN PATTON - THE WAY I FEEL - BN 84174 (19/6/1964)
JOHN PATTON - OH BABY - BN 84192 (8/3/1965)
ART BLAKEY - HOLD ON, I'M COMING - LIMELIGHT 86038 (27/5/66) Patton pseudonym Malcolm Bass
JOHN PATTON - LET 'EM ROLL - BN 84239 (11/12/1965)
GEORGE BRAITH - LAUGHING SOUL - PR 7474 (1/3/1966)
GRASELLA OLIPHANT - THE GRASS IS GREENER - ATL 1494 (1/3/1966)
JOHN PATTON - GOT A GOOD THING GOIN' - BN 84229 (29/4/1966)
CLIFFORD JORDAN – SOUL FOUNTAIN – VORTEX 2101 (12/10/1966)
GRANT GREEN - IRON CITY - COBBLESTONE 9002 (1967)
JOHN PATTON - THAT CERTAIN FEELING - BN 84281 (8/3/1968)
JOHN PATTON - BOOGALOO - BN 31878 (9/8/1968)
JOHN PATTON - UNDERSTANDIN' - BN 84306 (25/10/1968)
JOHN PATTON - MEMPHIS TO NEW YORK SPIRIT - BN 35221 (9/6/69,2/10/70)
JOHN PATTON - ACCENT ON THE BLUES - BN 84340 (9/6&15/8/1969)
JOHNNY LYTLE - EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE - MUSE 5158 (31/10/1977)
JOHN PATTON - SOUL CONNECTION - NILVA 3406 (7/6/1983)
JOHN ZORN - THE BIG GUNDOWN - ELEKTRA/NONESUCH79139 (9/84-9/85)
JOHN ZORN - SPILLANE - ELEKTRA/NONESUCH 79172 (8/86-9/87)
JIMMY PONDER - MEAN STREETS-NO BRIDGES - MUSE 5324 (19/6/1987)
JIMMY PONDER - JUMP - MUSE 5347 (28/3/1988)
JOHN PATTON - BLUE PLANET MAN - PADDLE WHEEL (J) KICJ168 (12&13/4/1993)
JOHN PATTON - MINOR SWING - DIW 896 (21/12/1994)
JOHN PATTON - THIS ONE'S FOR JA - DIW 919 (26/12/1995)
RICHARD PIERSON – OPENING STATEMENT – THE JAZZ LABEL LTD TJL001 (1997)

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