Repeatedly cited as “Best Jazz” by Metroland magazine, Brian Patneaude is one of the busiest musicians in New York’s Capital District. In addition to leading his own quartet, the saxophonist maintains an active performance schedule with the award winning Empire Jazz Orchestra, the seventeen piece juggernaut Big Soul Ensemble and drummer Michael Benedict’s hard-bop quintet Bopitude. He has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Kingston International Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival Saratoga, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival and countless clubs and concert halls throughout the Northeast including an eight and a half year weekly residency at Albany’s premiere jazz club – Justin’s. Over the years he has performed with saxophonists Jimmy Heath, Lee Konitz & David “Fathead Newman”, trombonists Curtis Fuller, Slide Hampton & Wycliffe Gordon, trumpeters Randy Brecker, Lew Soloff & Byron Stripling, guitarist Mike Moreno, pianists Bruce Barth & Armen Donelian, bassist Rufus Reid, and vocal sensations The Four Freshmen.
The Brian Patneaude Quartet was formed in 2002 and currently features pianist Dave Payette, bassist Mike DelPrete, and drummer Danny Whelchel. Their music is an organic blend of modern jazz styles, featuring accessible melodies and harmonic textures that appeal to the casual listener and jazz aficionado alike. The group’s close-knit musical relationship and seamless interplay is a result of performances at numerous venues throughout the Northeast. The quartet has been repeatedly cited as “Best Jazz Group” by the writers and readers of Metroland magazine and has gained increasing attention, both nationally and abroad. Tracks from the group’s five CDs on WEPA Records -“All Around Us” (2012), “Riverview” (2009), “As We Know It” (2007), “Distance” (2005) and “Variations” (2002) – have been played on over 50 radio stations worldwide, including the nationally syndicated “Jazz After Hours” with Jim Wilke and “Listen Here!” hosted by Neil Tesser & Mark Ruffin.
In addition to performing, Brian teaches at Schenectady County Community College and Blue Sky Music Studios and maintains www.albanyjazz.com, an online guide to the region’s jazz community. He spends most of his free time listening to, playing and composing music, rooting for the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Bengals and speaking in the third person.
Band Website: www.brianpatneaude.com