Will Patton Ensemble
Friday, August 4 • noon-1 p.m.
City Hall Park
Combine a jazz/choro mandolinist with a symphony violinist who also plays bluegrass and hot swing, add a string bass player who came of age working the Chicago blues clubs with the likes of Howlin’ Wolf and Buddy Guy, a professor of music who also plays jazz/ fusion guitar, and a drummer whose career includes the ex-pat jazz world of Paris in the 50s and the folk scene of Greenwich Village in the early 60s. Stir in a little rock & roll attitude and season for 10 years in small clubs and large concert halls and you get some idea of the music of the Will Patton Ensemble.
Led by renowned jazz mandolinist Will Patton, the Ensemble deftly blends these many musical genres into a seamless whole, focusing on high energy improvisation and group interaction. Their repertoire, featuring fiery Brazilian sambas and folk waltzes, gentle choros and hot Gypsy jazz, takes you on a musical journey from a Parisian bistro to a plaza in the heart of Rio, and back home again to your front porch.