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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“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..

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Primary Instrument

Sax, alto

Location

Astoria, NY

Credentials/Background

    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

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Dave Liebman Dave Liebman
saxophone
Walter Smith III Walter Smith III
sax, tenor
Joel Frahm Joel Frahm
sax, tenor
Charles Davis Charles Davis
saxophone
Bob Reynolds Bob Reynolds
sax, tenor
Dino Govoni
sax, tenor
Tia Fuller Tia Fuller
saxophone
Brian VanArsdale Brian VanArsdale
sax, tenor
Rob Jacoby
sax, tenor
Dick Oatts Dick Oatts
saxophone

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