Corinne Bailey Rae - The Heart Speaks In Whispers

Hi Everyone,

Corinne Bailey Rae's new release "The Heart Speaks In Whispers" is released, after much anticipation, on Virgin EMI and Capitol Records tomorrow May 13th 2016...

Way back in November of 2011 I got a call from my old friend and producer Steve Brown asking if I'd be up for coming up to Leeds to play live drums on a couple of early song ideas Corinne and he had been working on. I was more than happy to do this although, because of various things, it meant jumping in my car at 22.30 hours after a long Jerry Dammers rehearsal and arriving in Leeds at 02.00 ready to record the next day!

We worked on a couple of ideas that day in Corinne & Steve's wonderful home studio. I'm happy to say one of these tracks made the cut and is called "Walk On" (Track 11 on the album) I heard this track for the first time the other day. It's a lovely cosmic track that puts me in the mind of Marvin's 'Inner City Blues" or classic Bill Withers but also has some lush orchestration and beautiful vocals over a hypnotic piano hook. Turn it up, it gets pretty epic!

I'm also very proud to be on an album that also features such stella musicians as legendary drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers/Marvin Gaye), Pino Palladino, Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spalding, Paul Jackson Jr, Isaiah Sharkey and King. The album also includes many of my favourite and brilliant musicians from the Leeds and Manchester scenes that I'm proud to have been a part of and continue to stay in touch with.

Please check it out - I know Corinne & Steve have put their hearts and souls into this record and wish them the very best on it's release and reception out there tomorrow...

Here's an excellent review of the album:


Spring Gigs

Hello again,

JTQ will be at Ronnie Scott's for another run from Wed 18th March - 21st March (6 shows in all) - Looking forward to being back at the best jazz venue in the country:

We also have a couple of special concerts coming up at the QEH on the Southbank on the 6th April: and then the Gateshead International Jazz Festival at The Sage on the 11th April:

We'll be promoting these with an apperance on BBC Radio 3's "In Tune" programme on April 1st:


Happy "New" Year!

Hello and a belated Happy New Year,

Sorry I haven't done a blog for a few months. Lots has been going on so I haven't had a chance. Highlights of October were going to Cork Jazz Festival with JTQ for the third year in a row and I also did some more sessions for Audio Network writers Adam Drake & Tom Jenkins. 5 of their compositions that I played drums on have made it into Audio Network's Top 10 most downloaded tracks. JTQ also played Bratislava Jazz Festival, including a live broadcast on national TV, Rhino Jazz in St. Etienne and a jazz festival in Luxembourg.

In November JTQ appeared at Ronnie's for a 2 show one night stand and then we recorded a "Funk" library album also for the Audio Network group.

December was another busy one for JTQ with a 9 date tour of Italy including a live TV slot on the popular satirical show "Gazebo" (RAI 3). We also played live for BBC London's Robert Elms to promote a few gigs. As this show is live and there is very little in the way of broadcast equipment in his studio I decided to only use my son's Sponge Bob Squarepants 12" bass drum and a small snare! 

We started the New Year at Pizza Express in Soho followed by an appearance at the Soul Train night at the Bussey building in Peckham. It appears that the youth are rediscovering Soul music as there were 1500 young people getting down to the DJ's and our set that night!

Finaly JTQ have just come back from playing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland which brings us up to date! 

Blue Note/Jamie Cullum session

Buonjourno! I'm writing my Blog from my hotel room in Milan today. We had a wonderful full capacity crowd for the start of JTQ's run here at Blue Note Milano last night. September has been incredibly busy beginning at Ronnie's, then travelling straight from our last set at Ronnie's to Monopoli and Gravina in the South of Italy for some beautiful outdoor gigs. We came back for Funk Night at Birmingham town hall, sharing the bill with Incognito and now we're finishing off with our 5 show run in Milan. Next month's highlights for JTQ will be going back to Cork Jazz Festival for the 3rd year in a row!

Also this month, the session I recorded with Ben Castle's "The Tombola Theory" project at Maida Vale was broadcast on Jamie Cullum's Radio 2 show. Listen again here: 

Ciao, Pat

More Festivals...

It's been another busy month starting with another BBC session at the wonderful Maida Vale studios. This time I was with Ben Castle's "The Tombola Theory" for Jamie Cullum's Radio 2 show. The session will be aired in October.

JTQ also had another lovely outdoor Jazz Festival in Campomarino in the South of Italy - great setting and fantastic food as ever!

Tonight I'll be playing with Ben's "The Tombola Theory" for our festival debut at Greenbelt in Northamptonshire:

Next month JTQ will be back at Ronnie Scott's for another residency and also a "Funk Night" alongside Incognito at Birmingham Town Hall:


Andrew Marr Show

June was a very busy month with JTQ gigs in the Lake District, Switzerland and Rochester Cathedral. I also squeezed in a library music session for Audio Network composers Adam Drake & Tom Jenkins at Soundlab studios.

As well as fitting in various function gigs (including getting my kit up to the 35th floor of The Shard!) I enjoyed playing some great gigs with the Zoe Rahman Quartet in the Isle of Man, Lincoln University and finally at Hop Farm Festival in Kent where we also managed to catch the end of the Daptones Super Soul Revue (Sharon Jones and band were off the hook) and another Jones, the fabulous Grace, who entertained us until the plug was pulled!

I have also been rehearsing hard for our Jerry Dammers' Spatial AKA Orchestra gig at The Barbican on the 18th July:

We shall be promoting this gig with an appearance on BBC1's "Andrew Marr Show" with a smaller version of the band featuring Jamaican legend Cornel Campbell:

To end this month off JTQ will be performing a double bill with The Average White Band at Hampton Pool:

Tombola Theory

I'm happy to say another recording that I was involved in is about to be released. We'll be launching Ben Castle's "Tombola Theory" EP  on the 4th June at the Sebright Arms in Hackney. 

The EP has been described by Jamie Cullum as "Punk Trad" and features Ben's original tunes and lead vocals as well as his clarinet and sax playing. I play on the majority of the tracks and Ash Soan plays on some tunes too.

For more info about the record and the launch please check this link:

Hope to see you there!

Brooklyn Bowl!

Greetings once again! The Deodato run went really well - it was fun to reunite with the same smoking band as the previous shows in Jan 2013 and Snowboy was a fantastic new addition too, great vibes...

Soon after that it was a pleasure to be asked to play with the London Horns at the new "Brooklyn Bowl" venue in the 02 in Greenwich. It was fantastic to play with Barnaby Dickinson and his crew and so lovely to hook-up with the amazing Mike Outram on guitar again. I haven't played with Mike since our Manchester days and that's a long while ago!! Jim Watson also stormed it on organ and left hand bass. Here's a little clip of one of our long jams:


QEH Review/Deodato

I enjoyed a few great shows last month. Our JTQ extravaganza at the QEH on the Southbank was an amazing experience. Here's a fine review from Jazzwise magazine:

I also performed with Natacha Atlas at Ronnie Scott's at the end of last month as well as making a whistle stop trip to Biel, Switzerland with JTQ...

Tomorrow I start a 3 night, 4 show residency at Ronnie Scott's with the brilliant arranger/composer Deodato - this will be our second stint backing him and the gigs will also feature Snowboy on percussion:

Should be fun! Pat x

Zan & Maida Vale

I'm happy to announce the birth of my son Zan born on 21st February 2014. He's a real sweetheart!

As you can imagine that's been my main focus recently although I did manage to fit in a BBC Radio 3 "Jazz Line-up" session at Maida Vale on the 11th March. This session with JTQ will be brodacast on Saturday 15th March at 18.00:

Here's a pic from the historic studio 3 or "Bing Crosby" room:

This broadcast will be to help promote JTQ's upcoming gig at the QEH, on the Southbank, where we'll be augmented by a big band and a choir for some numbers. This special performance will be on Monday the 24th March:

Good News!

Hi everyone,

The good news is that Eumir Deodato is in better health so the cancelled January Ronnie Scott's gigs have been rescheduled as follows:

I also have some interesting events coming up with the James Taylor Quartet including a Maida Vale session for Radio 3. It'll be great to be back in this historic studio - the last time I was there was for Gilles Peterson's then Radio 1 show with Homelife.

This session will be helping promote JTQ's special gig at the QEH on the Southbank. On this show we'll be augmented by a big band, orchestral percussion and a full choir:


A belated Happy New Year to all - Just to let anyone hoping to see our Deodato (featuring Snowboy) shows at Ronnie's at the end of January, these have been cancelled due to Deodato being unwell: 

Hopefully these shows will be rescheduled at a later date when Eumir is on the mend.

I'll be playing at Boaters with Nigel Price, Geoff Gascoyne and Simon Carter on Sunday 26th January:

Otherwise this year is shaping up nicely with lots of new challenges ahead. I'll keep you posted...


Nelson Mandela

This month started with the sad news that Nelson Mandela had passed on. I was asked to be a part of a tribute to this great man with Jerry Dammers' Spatial AKA for Channel 4 News. Here's our performance:



November means London Jazz Festival time again - I'll be playing with Arun Ghosh's "Arkestra Makara" project at The Albany in Deptford on Sunday the 24th:

I've also been lucky enough to catch a few gigs at The Barbican this past week. On Saturday night I was lucky enough to watch Dave Sanborn & Bob James' soundcheck/gig with a certain Mr. Steve Gadd on drums! Steve has been a hero of mine nearly all my drumming life but I've never seen him play live. I was not disappointed, he still displays such control, taste and authority behind a set of drums. Not only is Steve a peerless musician but he's a really approachable and humble human being too - I really enjoyed chatting with him after the gig. Before he left he said he'd "Look out for me!" Thanks Steve!!


Hello! This month I have mainly been on the road, starting with Colin Blunstone with four gigs in Holland and also fitting in dates with Pinski Zoo and Arun Ghosh's "South Asian Suite" tour (the album that we recorded in Summer is out now!)

To end the month I'm really excited to be going back to Cork Jazz Festival in Ireland to play a couple of shows with JTQ. The atmosphere last year was incredible - I hope we can catch some of the other acts too (Snarky Puppy, Mingus Dynasty etc)

Here are the links to our gigs: Sunday 27th Oct and Monday 28th Oct

Cheers, Pat x

Mike Dolbear Interview

Hi Folks,

Well.. I think that was the most enjoyable run at Ronnie Scott's yet - The Independent gave us a 4 star review: 

I also got the opportunity to chat with Phil Gould (Level 42's original drummer) who'd come down with Jeremy Stacey who was playing in the support band!! Two absolute gents and both passionate about music and drumming...

In other news Gemma Hill interviewed me for the Mike Dolbear website this month - check it out here:

Next on the agenda is 3 nights at the wonderful Bluenote club in Milan with JTQ: 

Arrivederci once again, Pat x

PinkPop & Ronnie's

Hi Everyone,We had an amazing time supporting George Benson in Straubing, Germany last month. He's still performing incredibly and his band were fantastic. The next day we flew to Pescara, Italy for another great gig. Here's a bit of fun from the soundcheck (filmed for our bass player's 2 year old son!)



This month I'm about to venture out with Colin Blunstone for the first time since February. We'll be playing the Pinkpop Classic festival in the Netherlands preceded by a little warm up gig at the Cellars in Eastney on Wed 22nd August.

After that it's back to the Netherlands again with JTQ on the 27th August - 

and then straight to our Summer residency at Ronnie Scott's (starting on the 28th Aug):

Phew! Hope to catch you at a show,

Pat x

Festival Season

Festival season is in full swing and even the English ones have been enjoying good weather for once!

A couple of weeks ago we did a special concert with JTQ in Rochester Cathedral. Apart from being a majestic setting we also added a percussionist, 8 extra horns and the Liturgical choir! I also got to live out one of my prog rock dreams by getting to play a gong in a cathedral (pretty damn cool!!) Here's the view from the stage:



We had a lovely time last weekend at the inaugural "Love Supreme" festival with Arun Ghosh in the rolling South Downs. Good to catch up with a few musos too, had a long chat with the fantastic Jeremy Stacey (who was there with Oli Rockberger) and many others...

This weekend coming it's off to Germany for "Das Festival an der Donau" with JTQ: - George Benson is on after us so I'll definitely have to try and catch a bit of him... then it's an early start for another festival in Pescara, Italy...

PS Just to let you know I now have a little Instagram account - You can follow me here:

Arrivederci, Px


The Soulpower showreel has landed...


It's been an interesting start to the month so far. JTQ had the good fortune to be asked to play at a private party in Hong Kong. It's an amazing city to look round and we were treated so well by everyone we met. Check this back drop (with bass player and good friend Andrew McKinney!)

I was also really pleased to be interviewed for Rhythm magazine by Richard Chamberlain this month. He's done a really nice job - I particularly like his sub-heading "Rock-loving jazz maestro with a touch of the greats!!" Cheers for that Rich!

My interview appears in the June issue which is available in all good retailers or online now...

New Cymbals!

Just back from a great gig with "Stonephace Stabbins" at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival - lovely to be back at The Sage again! This time I finally managed to pop into BR Distribution's warehouse to check out some amazing Istanbul Agop cymbals as part of my UK Artist endorsement. 

I've never been in a room with so many amazing instruments, I was like a kid in a sweet shop! Luckily the very patient and knowledgable Richard Trubridge was on hand to help me make some choices...  I wanted them all to be honest! In the end I took away some large Traditional Dark crashes and an incredible 22" 30th Anniversary Ride (Just think Elvin...awesome!)

Barry and Richard at BR Distribution are complete gents - I'll be back for more soon guys!!


It's all about the James Taylor Quartet this month! We've just come back from a short Italian tour. Great gigs and fantastic hospitality in Gioia Del Colle, Foggia and Salerno.

Our radio session for the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show will be broadcast on Saturday 16th March on BBC 6 Music - Here's the link to the session:


We're also getting ready to play another run at Ronnie Scott's starting on the 20th March to promote the new album: 

Then it's off to Hong Kong for some gigs in April...


Hello and welcome to my new website!

2013 has already been a busy year, starting with a New Year's gig at the wonderful Sage venue in Gateshead with JTQ. In mid January I had the pleasure of being asked to play with Eumir Deodato for the first time at Ronnie Scott's for a week. Many people don't know his name but if you google him you'll see just how many artists this Brazilian living in America has arranged and composed for (He co-wrote "Celebration" for Kool and The Gang for instance!) Apart from that his solo albums for the CTI label have become rare groove classics - Billy Cobham played on most of these so no pressure then! His biggest solo hit was a funky version of "Also Sprach Zarathrusta" (2001 theme).

It was a real joy working with Deodato and the UK band were great guys. Ronnie's has to be in my top 5 favourite venues to play in the world too!

At the end of January I rejoined the Colin Blunstone bus after our curtailed tour of Holland in November. I'm glad to say that Colin's voice was sounding better than ever after postpoing several shows in the Netherlands and the UK due to laryngitis. We enjoyed some great shows including the Jazz Cafe and The Stables in Wavendon. The whole of this month long tour I was fitting in rehearsals for Jerry Dammers' Spatial AKA orchestra on any days off and also a session and video shoot for a new artist called Matt Shepherd at the wonderful Monkey Puzzle studios in Suffolk.

On the 24th February we did our first Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA gig of the year in Berlin at the incredible Haus der Kulteren der Welt concert hall - we were the finale of the "Inhuman Music" festival. After flying in, an extensive rehearsal and a quick dinner our gig clocked in at 3 hours 10 minutes (with no breaks!) Great gig and amazing organisation in Germany and our end (Thanks particularly to Jo Wiser and Andrew Sloan)

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