Patrick Cornelius

Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Born: September 4, 1978    

Patrick Cornelius

Over the past several years, alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius has emerged as an exciting and dynamic new voice in the New York jazz scene. An instrumental virtuoso who counts Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Wayne Shorter, Claude Debussy, and Peter Gabriel among his greatest influences, Patrick has made a name for himself as an emerging artist with seemingly limitless potential.

The son of a highly decorated US Air Force officer, Patrick was raised in such diverse locales as Germany, Georgia, Texas, and Great Britain. His parents took great pains to nurture his deep love and appreciation for the fine arts from an early age, exposing him and his brothers to the theater, concerts, museums, poetry readings, and classic literature. Patrick began studying the piano at the age of 5, and gravitated towards the alto saxophone as a teenager, shifting his musical focus from the works of Debussy, Grieg, and Bartok, to the sounds of Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane. He cut his teeth playing local gigs around his native San Antonio while still in high school, before attending both Berklee College of Music and The Manhattan School of Music on full scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies respectively. More recently, Cornelius garnered back-to-back Young Jazz Composer awards from ASCAP in 2005, 2006, and 2007, and completed an Artist Diploma from the world famous Juilliard School....
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ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards: 2005, 2006, 2007, and Honorable Mention 2008. Billboard Magazine Endowed Scholarship: 1999 Downbeat Student Music Award, Best High School Soloist: 1997
“Patrick Cornelius has devoted the bulk of his second recording to original works. The seven examples given here show a dusky elegance that owes much to Wayne Shorter while retaining a unique identity.” -- Forrest Dylan Bryant, JazzTimes

“...Enjoyable, clever music, which does interesting things with what it inherits from the jazz tradition... Well-schooled music, but music played with feeling, commitment and imagination,” -- Glyn Pursglove, MusicWeb international

“...In an impressive debut by one of the new young lions of jazz, Patrick Cornelius crafts a captivating and engaging recording... Lucid Dream is a disc worth more than a listen and sure to garnish critical acclaim.” -- Ed Blanco, eJazzNews

“Throughout [Lucid Dream], Cornelius and company are utterly in sync, interacting and supporting each other to make sophisticated but powerful music.” -- Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen

“[Patrick’s] solo debut CD, “Lucid Dream,” is packed with excellent original compositions plus a sharp rendition of Charlie Parker's “Billie's Bounce” and a couple of other covers. It's Cornelius' originals, however, that serve notice the reedman is ready. In the straight-ahead vein, the songs on “Lucid Dream” are imaginative and accessible.” -- Jim Beal, San Antonio Express-News

“From beginning to end, this music is a satisfying mix of contemporary sounds.” --Mark F. Turner,

“What a wonderful recording; a truly finished product. Keep on taking chances!!!” --David Liebman, Jazz Icon

“This fine effort from Patrick Cornelius and company is aptly titled, as the music is both lucid (accessible, musically logical) and dream-like (filled with fantasy and invention)... taking the listener on a fulfilling tour led by a multi-talented artist on a star-bright trajectory.” --Andrea Canter,

“a bold and gifted sax player” --All About Jazz

“a dynamic New York altoist” --The Guardian

“A new American name to watch” -- JazzWise Magazine

“[a] fluent soloist with full tones and bags of technique” -- The Financial Times

“a self-assured young saxophonist in the postmodern mainstream” --Nate Chinen, The New York Times

“The music and performances are inspiringly creative and the musicians are fully committed to the task of performing cohesively as a unit” --Frank Bongiorno, Saxophone Journal

“compositional smarts and a centered warmth in his attitude mark him out” --Michael Jackson, Downbeat

“streamlined, precisely crafted and keenly contemporary, as well as, at times, very powerful.” --Peter Him, Ottawa Citizen

“a confident, highly accomplished assertive musician with a strong take-no-prisoners sound.” --Tony Hall, JazzWise Magazine 1/12/2010

“bold performances that are creative and, yes, occasionally fierce” --Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz 14/10/2010

“a warm, inviting and often rather measured”thoughtful, considered and reflective”collection of lovely tunes.” --Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz 18/10/2010

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    Lucid Dream

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Primary Instrument:
Sax, alto

Astoria, NY


    BM in Performance, Berklee College of Music, full scholarship, graduated 2000, Magna Cum Laude
    MM in Jazz Studies, Manhattan School of Music, full scholarship, graduated 2006, Summa Cum Laude
    Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies, The Juilliard School, full scholarship, graduated 2011
    Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance (1999)
    Studied with George Garzone, Hal Crook, Dick Oatts, Shannon LeClaire, Garry Dial, Justin DiCioccio, Ron Blake, Kenny Barron, Carl Allen, Rodney Jones, Greg Hopkins, Billy Pierce

    Music faculty in saxophone at PolyPrep Country School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
    Given private saxophone (all levels), jazz improvisation (all levels), flute (beginners), and piano (beginners) Since 1997 in Boston, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Washington DC, New York
    Visiting artist in jazz and saxophone at St. Mary’s University (TX), UTSA (TX), Texas State University (TX), Royal Academy of Music (London), Edinburgh University (Scotland)
    Workshops and clinics in jazz at public schools in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Antonio, London, Jersey City
    Published author on jazz improvisation in Saxophone Journal

Clinic/Workshop Information:
I have given workshops and seminars on the following topics

    Saxophone performance and practice techniques
    Improvisation techniques, ensemble interaction, and original composition
    Musical Entrepreneurship and career development
    A Life in Music: practicing, performing, teaching, and composing

Alto: 1958 Selmer, Yanigisawa 7 Rubber mouthpiece, Rico Jazz Select #3 Hard Reeds
Soprano: 1995 Selmer, Bari .65 rubber mouthpiece, Java #3.5 reeds
Tenor: 1939 Selmer, B&N Rubber Custom mouthpiece, Rico Jazz Select #4 soft

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Infinite Blue by Edward Blanco

Maybe Steps by Dan Bilawsky

Maybe Steps by Bruce Lindsay

Maybe Steps by Mark F. Turner

Fierce by Bruce Lindsay

Fierce by Dan Bilawsky

Lucid Dream by Mark F. Turner

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