Patrick has the big ears and open mind of a musical seeker. 2018 marks his first full year out of college and it already promises to be a good one. His band Grüt will release its first full-length album, Side Room Stories, and tour in support of it throughout the year. Also in store are the release of albums he played on by Tyrone Jackson and Justin Chesarek, and performances with several original groups: The composition-driven Rebel Boys Big Band, the avant-garde group The Cheap Ensemble, the electric, Frisell-influenced PBR Trio with bassist Brandon Boone and drummer Robert Boone, and Artimus, an electronic/experimental group led by saxophonist Will Holifield.
Patrick took up the guitar without giving it much thought, when he was attending high school at the Davidson Fine Arts School in his hometown of Augusta, GA. He entered the school as a percussionist and wanted to get involved in its jazz groups, but the only instrument that hadn’t been filled was guitar, so he went for it. Almost overnight, he was addicted, at first inspired by the playing of the omnipresent guitar gods Metheny and Montgomery. But he soon discovered more eclectic influences such as Gilad Hekselman, whose vertical, pianistic, “Bill Evans on guitar” approach opened Patrick’s imagination to the less-explored sounds of jazz guitar. Patrick made quick progress throughout high school and performed with The Georgia Allstate Jazz Band, The Governor’s Honors program, and the Augusta State University big band.
In 2013, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame awarded him the Georgia Music Talent Search Scholarship to attend Kennesaw State University in the Atlanta area and study guitar with Trey Wright. Wright helped Patrick explore his eclectic influences and broaden and solidify his technical foundation. Meanwhile, Atlanta venues such as Elliott St. Pub and Churchill Grounds became his school away from school, where he listened to and played with the city’s best and gave the concepts he had been working on weekly trials by fire. Patrick found another mentor in Amos Hoffman, a world-renowned guitarist and oudist who taught Gilad Hekselman and plays regularly with bassist Avishai Cohen.
By the time he graduated in 2017, Patrick had established a presence on the Atlanta music scene, as well as a musical ethos centered around exploration, experimentation and collaboration. He had also formed his own band, Grüt, with schoolmates Brandon Boone, Daniel Wytanis, and Morgan Guerrin, and played on Guerrin’s debut album “The Saga” which recently hit #3 on the iTunes jazz charts. As his performance schedule and resume to date can attest, the musicians and projects he has invested in are already paying creative dividends, and the exploration is just beginning.