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