Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Patton, Jeb (Haynes)
Patton, Jeb (Haynes), piano; b. Kensington, MD, August 17, 1974. His mother is Stephanie H. Patton (1941, born Buffalo, NY); his father was John V. Patton (1938-1990; born Cedar Rapids, IA); his brother is Alex V. Patton (1969, born Jersey City, NJ).
At Duke University he studied with Tibor Szasz 92-93 (classical), Randall Love 93-94 (classical), Douglas Buys 94-95 (classical), Jane Hawkins 95-96 (classical), Chip Crawford 94-96 (jazz piano). 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.
From 1994-96, he was Assistant to the Director of the Aspen Jazz Ensemble, and in the summers of 1995 and 1996, he traveled throughout northern Italy as a member of the Paul Jeffrey Quartet. In 1996, he also played in a quintet in Monaco with Paul Jeffrey and Curtis Fuller. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. Since moving to New York in 1996, he played classical music in the Black Composers Repertory ensemble under Coleridge Taylor Perkinson. In addition, he played with Etta Jones, the Faddis/Hampton/Heath Sextet, Winard Harper's group, and Antonio Hart's Quintet.
Studying under Roland Hanna and Jimmy Heath, he earned his Master of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in 1997 from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York, where he also received the Louis Armstrong Award for composition from the ASCAP Foundation. Since graduating, he has toured throughout the United States and abroad with the Heath Brothers and with Jimmy Heath's Generations Quintet. New York City appearances include the January 23, 2003, World Premiere of Duke Ellington's New World A-Comin' in the chamber version scored by Roland Hanna and performed with the New York Philomusica Chamber Ensemble in Merkin Concert Hall. Other notable New York City performances include the Opening Nights of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jimmy Heath's 75th Birthday Celebration, October 19-20, 2001; and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Duo Series with Percy Heath in the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse, February 1-3, 2001. Major international festival appearances with the Heath Brothers include the Pori Festival (Finland, 1999), Graz "Jazz-Sommer" (Switzerland, 1999), Wiggin Jazz Festival (England, 1999), Northsea Jazz Festival (Holland, 2000), Aarhus Jazz Festival (Denmark, 2000), 3rd Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival (California, 2001).
In September 2000, he traveled to Greece with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band under the direction of Jon Faddis and at the invitation of the Consulate General of the USA to perform Ellington's "Black, Brown and Beige Suite." He has also appeared on three S.S. Norway Jazz Cruises as part of the Jimmy Heath Big Band, with Jimmy's small band, and with the Heath Brothers. He was a semi-finalist in the 5th American Jazz Piano Competition, April 17, 2001, in Indianapolis and semi-finalist in the 1999 Thelonious Monk International Competition for Jazz Piano held in Washington, DC.
Recordings: Paul Jeffrey, Tribute to Trane (1993); Quintet.Curtis Fuller in Monaco (1996); Heath Brothers: Jazz Family (1998); On the Loose, The Sharp Nine Class of 2001(plays on two tracks); Winard Harper Sextet (2003); Lewis Nash Trio/Quartet (2003; plays on several tracks)
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