Patrick Prouty is a veteran bassist/composer from Detroit, MI. His previous side-man gigs have included playing with Bill Heid, Johnnie Bassett, Jan Krist, Al and Whit Hill, Alberta Adams and many other artists. Since 2000, he has been Bettye Lavette’s bassist. The Lavette band has toured the world playing all over North America, 24 tours of Europe and most recently, a tour of Japan. In 2007 Patrick received a master’s degree in improvisation from The University of Michigan. Patrick has won numerous awards including a Handy, multiple Detroit Music Awards and was the winner of the Block M Records New Music Award in 2006.
In October of 2007 Patrick released his first recording as a leader entitled The Charmed Life. It is a jazz quartet record of all original Prouty compositionswith an all-star cast of Detroit musicians. The Charmed Life focuses on Prouty’s compositions and group improvisation. Make sure to check out a review of the CD by All About Jazz CD/DVD Reviewer John Barron.