Spaceman Patterson

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William "Spaceman" Patterson is a composer, arranger, producer, music director, director and entrepreneur who has collaborated with Miles Davis and James Brown.[1] He was one of the musicians in Davis' line-up in the 1980s.[2][3] He also produced Melvin Van Peebles album Ghetto Gothic.[4] In 1992, Patterson provided music for Ntozake Shange's The Love Space Demands, an adaptation of some of her poetry.[5][6] In 2003, he was musical director for the play Dream on Monkey Mountain presented at the Harlem School of the Arts.[7] In 2010, Patterson, long-time collaborator of Bill Cosby who worked on The Cosby Show,[8][9] assembled Cosby's album The Cosnarati: State Of Emergency.[10][11] Patterson told the Associated Press that when Cosby contacted him about making the album, "People started speculating, is he going to rap about Jell-O Pudding Pops or what?"[12]


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  2. ^ Mandel, Howard (2007). Miles, Ornette, Cecil: Jazz Beyond Jazz. Routledge. p. 304. ISBN 978-0415967143. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Willis, John; Hodges, Ben (2005). Theatre World 2002-2003. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. p. 372. ISBN 978-1557836359. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Kubernik, Harvey (2006). Hollywood Shack Job: Rock Music in Film and on Your Screen. University of New Mexico Press. p. 415. ISBN 978-0826335425. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Klein, Alvin (22 March 1992). "THEATER; Poems on the Politics of Seduction". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Love Space Demands". The Kennedy Center. 29 March 1992. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Weber, Bruce (14 October 2003). "THEATER REVIEW; An Old Man Fights for His Kingly Tribal Dream". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Ben, Party (16 April 2008). "Music: Bill Cosby, Hip-Hop Producer?". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Fekadu, Mesfin (3 December 2009). "SOUND BITES: Rihanna's CD is decent, but uneven". Associated Press. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Ragogna, Mike (22 March 2010). "State Of Emergency: A Conversation With Bill Cosby and the Cosnarati". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Allah, Dasun (20 May 2010). "The Man Holding The Mirror: Why Hip-Hop Needs To Listen To Bill Cosby [Video]". HipHopWired. 
  12. ^ "Bill Cosby to Release Hip-Hop Album". Fox News. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 

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