Bassist Donald Patterson has released his debut CD Family on independent label, Global Music Alternative in South Pasadena, CA. Donald, a Dallas, Texas native, toured for many years with Grammy nominated saxophonist Kirk Whalum and with former Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year, Peter White. In his first solo effort, Patterson features a host of talented artists including Whalum, White, guitarist Doc Powell, and saxman Ron Brown. Patterson also introduces two new singers, silky smooth baritone Ceasar, and the fresh, upbeat sound of Nick Jackson.

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Family is a compilation of a variety of soulful and moving songs written by Patterson and a few cover tunes brought to new life by his tenor bass licks. Donald Patterson is an experienced bassist skilled in electric and acoustic bass. During his career, he has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Over the years, Patterson has performed with a host of artists. In addition to touring with Whalum and White, Patterson has had appearances with Michael Bolton, Phillip Bailey, Howard Hewitt, Brian McKnight, and Rick Braun. Other artists Patterson has performed with include Jonathan Butler, George Duke and Angela Bofill.

He has also recorded with notable artists Ray Charles, Bob James, Shanice Wilson, Darryl Coley and can be heard on the Grammy nominated CD Motown Comes Home. Patterson appeared in CeCe Winan’s video Well Alright, and Kirk Whalums’ videos, The Language of Life and Love is a Losing Game. He also appeared in movies, What’s Love Got to Do with It and Robo Cop.

Donald Patterson received his music degree from Texas Southern University (TSU) in Houston, Texas. In addition, he studied at Rutgers University as a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts. While at TSU, Patterson was section leader of the tuba section and Drum Major of Texas Southern’s renown Ocean of Soul marching band. In addition to performing and recording,

Donald has appeared as a guest artist at the Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA), and often hosts music clinics at LA area schools, helping young musicians perfect their craft and achieve their goals in the music industry.


"Bassist Donald Patterson's debut CD contemporary smooth jazz with a touch
of R&B featuring top recording artists
Peter White, Kirk Whalum, Doc Powell
and others.


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Donald Patterson's '"Family"