Alfred Patterson

Alfred Patterson



DATE OF BIRTH: May 28, 1937

PLACE OF BIRTH:Cleveland County, NC

INSTRUMENT: trombone


Though best known as a jazz musician, Al Patterson has been part of almost every form of entertainment that includes music. He has performed in the pit orchestras of the Broadway musicals "Dreamgirls," "Dancing" and "La Cage Aux Folles," as well as backing the Alvin Ailey Dance Company in New York. He has toured with the American Ballet Company and the Bolshoi Ballet. He's been on the road with the Pointer Sisters, the national tour of "Ain't Misbehavin'" and a European tour of "Blackbirds of Broadway." He's also a former member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Henry Lewis, along with the Garden State Arts Center show band. In the jazz world, Patterson has been a member of the Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Foster directing, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, touring Japan and Greece. He has toured or performed with Muhal Richard Abrams, Slide Hampton, David Murray, Roscoe Mitchell and Oliver Lake. Patterson was introduced to the New York jazz scene by Kenny Dorham and the Joe Henderson Big Band. He is a former tenured faculty member at Lehman College of the City University of New York and hold a B.S. in music from NYU, along with a master's in music from Trenton State College (now College of New Jersey). Today, Patterson also leads his own group, the Ebony Brass Quintet.

NEWARK CLUBS: Sparky J's, Cadillac Club, Teddy Powell's Lounge, Len & Len's, Front Room, Key Club, Playbill Lounge, Pitt's Place, Lyric Bar, Mr. Wes's, Washington Bar, Howard Bar, Broadway Open House

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