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Senatore, Pat

Senatore, Pat, bassist; b. Newark, NJ, 19 August 1935. S

enatore has vivid memories of growing up in a large, extended family in Newark, NJ.  Although he studied violin for five years, his severe teacher nearly destroyed his love for music.  Attended Newark Arts High School - along with childhood buddy Wayne Shorter and other famous alumnus as Sarah Vaughan and Woody Shaw.  Graduated 1953.   Pat had to prove himself by marching in the high school band with a baritone horn before his music a teacher would give him the bass that he wanted. After high school, Senatore hit the road, working with a series of big bands.  Feeling the need for more formal training, he returned to school, attending Julliard School of Music on a partial scholarship, studying Fred Zimmerman.  In 1960, he moved  to Los Angeles.  While waiting for the West Coast transfer from the Musicians' Union, he was offered the job with Stan Kenton's band. At this time, his first son was born, whom he named Kenton.  He named his other son after his greatest influence and inspiration, bass player Scott La Faro. After traveling with the band, Senatore returned to Los Angeles and worked with the Dick Stabile Orchestra (1962-3) at the famed Coconut Grove.  From there, Senatore joined the Les Brown Orchestra (1964), did a tour of Asia, including Vietnam, Korea, Thailand with the Bob Hope Show.  Upon returning, he performed with two weekly television shows:  The Bob Hope Show and the Dean Martin Show.  Soon after, he joined the original Tijuana Brass, recording nine albums, performing on all the major network shows, doing five TV Specials and numerous world tours, performing for huge audiences as well as Command Performances for President Johnson, the Queen of England and the King of Thailand. For the next few years, he toured with such groups as Gabor Szabo, Carmen McCrae, Buddy Rich, Don Ellis, Hampton Hawes, Kai Winding, Anita O' Day. In 1977, he opened his own jazz club, Pasquale's, with his wife Barbara on the beach in Malibu.  Senatore performed with his own trio, which rotated such pianists as George Cables, Alan Broadbent, Larry Willis, Frank Collett, Roger Kellaway and Victor Feldman with drummers Roy McCurdy, Billy Higgins, Ralph Penland, Peter Erskine, Frank Severino.  The format expanded to include top jazz soloists such as Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard and Joe Farrell, Frank Rosalino, James Newton, Joe Pass, Toots Thielmans, Art Pepper, Ernie Watts, Eddie Harris, to name a few. Since closing the club, Senatore has been performing and composing. 

Pasquale (1995); Trio LESENTU (2000); Produced Fifteen CDs for Candid West Records (1990)
As sideperson:
Stan Kenton Orchestra: Adventures in Jazz, Adventures in Blues, Adventures in Ballads (all 1960-61); Tijuana Brass: Going Places, South of the Border, What Now My Love,  S.R.O.,  Sounds Like,  Beat of the Brass,  Brass Are Coming,  Warm, Best of the Brass (all 1965-1970); Feather: Mulege Day (1987), Deja vu (1987); V.I.P. Trio (Cedar Walton, Pat Senatore, Billy Higgins): Standard Album - Vol. I (1989), Standard Album (1989), Tangerine (1989); Plus numerous studio CDs including Riding the Seawind,  The Howard Keel Record Collection,  Star of Heaven, Songs for Christmas (John Harvey Johnson)

Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times, "Senatore:  "His Own Kind of Ambience" March 3, 1978.
Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times, "Pat Senatore In A New Home For Jazz," July 15, 1987.
Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times, "He Gave Jazz Greats a Place to Play in L.A," August 16, 1992.
Bill Kohlhaase, L.A. Weekly, "Jazz Pick of the Week -- Pat Senatore,"  June 20, 1997.
Michael D. Amitin, Monterey Community News, "A Senatore with Da'Groove," December 11, 1997.
Zan Stewart, L.A. Times, "Content With No Keys," July 24, 1997.
Russell Arthur Roberts, L.A. Jazz Scene, "Trio Lesentu at LACMA, March 2000.

Reviews:  Michael D's, Camarillo, Ca Nov. 22-2002; Baked Potato, North Hollyood, Ca 9-12-02;  Michael D's, Camarillo, Ca.2-07-03
"Trio Lesentu"

Contact information:
Pat Senatore
11338 Canton Drive
Studio City, CA 91604

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