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Jeb Patton

Born: August 17, 1974    Primary Instrument: Piano

Jeb Patton

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....
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”...pianist Jeb Patton is not one to tread the predictable and his time signatures cavort delightfully as he shifts pace and thrust seamlessly. Add clusters of notes and probing lines and this one becomes one for indulgement. Patton cuts another impressive swath on his composition 'Hanna's Mood.' He is a player of great expression, bringing to the surface every little vignette that gives a song its depth and character.” --Jerry D'Souza, All About Jazz, March 2004

”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

As a Leader
A Lovesome Thing (2006)
Frederic Chopin - The Ballades

As A Side Musician
Just the Beginning - Julius Tolentino Sextet (2005)
A Love Song - Percy Heath (2003)
On the Loose - The Sharp Nine Class of 2001 (2001)
Jazz Family - The Heath Brothers (1998)

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