Brian Patneaude

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Brian Patneaude
Born (1974-08-08) August 8, 1974 (age 43)
Genres Jazz, salsa, merengue
Instruments Saxophone
Years active 1992–present
Associated acts Empire Jazz Orchestra, Alex Torres y su Orchestra, Brian Patneaude Quartet

Brian Patneaude (born August 8, 1974[1]) is an American jazz saxophonist and band leader from Schenectady, New York, with several notable jazz recordings. In support of his three CDs, he has performed throughout the Northeastern United States and Canada, as well as a tour of Russia. He has performed with Alex Torres, Colleen Pratt, Tom Healey, the Erftones, the Empire Jazz Orchestra, Collider, Joe Glickman, and many other artists in the Upstate New York area. In addition, he has had a solo career and fronts his own band (variously ranging from a duet to quintet). He has produced all of his own recordings. He is also a blogger at Patneaude is considered by critics to be one of the most exciting, "smart"[2] jazz artists today.[3][4][5][6]


Early life and career[edit]

Brian Patneaude was born on August 8, 1974 in Schenectady, New York. He received his bachelor's degree in music education at the College of St. Rose and received a full scholarship to the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati for graduate studies.[1][7]

While in college, he worked with several ensembles. He performed at the Newport Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York and toured Russia for two weeks. He studied saxophone with Paul Evoskevich, Rick VanMatre, and Tom Walsh, and jazz improvisation with Pat Harbison.[1][7]

Recent performance work[edit]

Patneaude joined the Alex Torres orchestra in 2000. This is a 12-piece Salsa, Merengue and Latin jazz band based in upstate New York. While he was part of the orchestra, they recorded three CDs—with the Elementos, Punto de Vista and 25 To Life. They toured throughout the United States and Canada, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Master Musician Festival in Kentucky, Lake Eden Arts Festival in North Carolina, and the Bethlehem Musikfest in Pennsylvania.[1][7] He remains a band member of Alex Torres y su Orquestra.[8]

He also joined the Empire Jazz Orchestra, a 19-piece jazz band, directed by William Meckley in 2001. In that ensemble, he has played with Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Wycliffe Gordon, Randy Brecker, Rufus Reid, and The Four Freshmen.[1]

In 2008, Patneaude continued a heavy schedule throughout the northeast United States, including gigs several times a week in Albany, as well as performances in Saratoga Springs, Ballston Spa, New York, Greenville, New York, and New Bedford, Massachusetts.[8] He made a tour to Virginia in mid-2008.[citation needed]

In 2009, he released "Riverview," his newest CD, with several gigs, including at the College of Saint Rose,[9][10] Justin's on Lark Street in Albany, One Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs, and the Stockade Inn in Schenectady.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Patneaude has received favorable reviews from music critics.

The Albany Times Union called him a "smart" performer.[2] Metroland, the largest weekly in the Capital District of New York, reviewed him in a front-page feature article with these words:

For several years, Patneaude has won plaudits from area critics and reader polls. It would seem enough to persuade him to seek a more lucrative base. But he’s happy here, and has no plans to decamp, say, to Manhattan. Nevertheless, he wouldn’t mind finding gigs farther afield. “I’d like to crack into the festival scene,” he says. “We played the Albany Riverfront Festival a couple of years ago, and last year the quartet played the Kingston Jazz Festival alongside some of the biggest names in the business. We’d like to do more of that.”

— [7]

"Riverview," his newest CD, was released to very favorable reviews by music critics.[9][10][12] "The poll-winning young saxophonist has become one of the most prominent jazz voices in New York's Capital Region," wrote Alexander M. Stern at All About Jazz. "This performance gave proof, if proof were needed, that youthful, vibrant jazz still exists outside of New York City."[12] Michael Eck, at the Albany Times-Union, wrote that Mike Moreno's "results on the record [was] tremendous," while Patneaude's "timbre has grown a little darker [and] also grown richer, into the individual voice that sings all over 'Riverview'." [9]

He has been featured in three articles at [3][4][12] and one on eJazz.[5] He has been noted at the Albany Times Union several times.[2][9] He was featured by the local Time Warner News station.[6] Patneaude has won the Metroland Reader's Poll "Best Local Jazz Band" several times, most recently in 2008.[13]


As band leader[edit]

All of these CDs are on WPEA, and are self-produced:[14]

  • Variations - Brian Patneaude Quartet (2003) WEPA 0503
  • Distance - Brian Patneaude Quartet (2005) WEPA 1105
  • As We Know It - Brian Patneaude Quartet (2007) WEPA 0407
  • Riverview - Brian Patneaude, (featuring Mike Moreno, Jesse Chandler, and Danny Whelchel) (2009), was featured as an "Editor's Pick" on CD Baby on March 4, 2009.[15][16]

Compilations and joint efforts[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Official web site biography page Archived September 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c Albany Times Union website Archived March 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed (2nd time) on March 4, 2009.
  3. ^ a b A Conversation with Brian Patneaude
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2007-09-08. [
  5. ^ a b e-Jazz[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b Capital News 9
  7. ^ a b c d B.A. Nilsson, LOCAL BOY MAKES GOOD, AND STAYS LOCAL: Capital Region jazz luminary Brian Patneaude chooses to remain where he’s comfortable—and very successful, Metroland, at Metroland article Archived October 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., retrieved September 9, 2007.
  8. ^ a b Brian Patneaude official web site performances page Archived September 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed May 5, 2008 and March 4, 2009.
  9. ^ a b c d Michael Eck, "Brian Patneaude to mark 'Riverview' release at Saint Rose," Albany Times Union, February 5, 2009, found at Times Union website Archived March 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved March 4, 2009.
  10. ^ a b J. Hunter, "BRIAN PATNEAUDE: "Riverview" CD Release: Performance, Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, College of St. Rose, Albany, NY," February 7, 2009 Albany Jazz website. Retrieved March 4, 2009.
  11. ^ January Jazz calendar, found at A Place for Jazz website. Retrieved March 4, 2009.
  12. ^ a b c Alexander M. Stern, "Brian Patneaude at the Massry Center for the Arts in Albany, NY," All About Jazz, February 19, 2009, found at All About Jazz website.
  13. ^ Metroland Feature Archived March 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed March 8, 2008.
  14. ^ B.A. Nillsen, LOCAL BOY MAKES GOOD, AND STAYS LOCAL: Capital Region jazz luminary Brian Patneaude chooses to remain where he’s comfortable—and very successful, Metroland, at Metroland article Archived October 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., retrieved September 9, 2007.
  15. ^ CD Baby website main page. Viewed on March 4, 2009.
  16. ^ CD Baby website Patneaude 4 page. Viewed on March 4, 2009.
  17. ^ Albany Jazz web site

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