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Brian Patneaude Quartet
As We Know It
(WEPA Records)

Brian Patneaude Quartet
(WEPA Records)

Brian Patneaude Quartet
(WEPA Records)

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Jazz On Jay
Schenectady, NY
June 10, 2010

Upbeat on the Roof
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY
June 2, 2010

Justin's w/s/g Pete Levin
Albany, NY
August 16, 2009

Upbeat on the Roof
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY
July 10, 2009

A Tribute to Lee Shaw
Cohoes Music Hall
Cohoes, NY
March 18, 2009

First Night Saratoga
Presbyterian New England Congregational Church
Saratoga Springs, NY
December 31, 2008

Justin's w/s/g Mike Moreno
Albany, NY
Sunday 12/30/07

Freedom Park - Scotia, NY
Wednesday 8/1/07

Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival
Riverfront Park, Albany NY
Saturday 9/10/05

Distance CD Release Party
WAMC Performing Arts Studios
Albany, NY
Saturday 3/19/05

The Van Dyck w/Phil Grenadier
Schenectady, NY
Saturday 12/20/03

Variations CD Release Party

Variations CD Release Party
The Van Dyck
Schenectady, NY
Friday 5/2/03

Variations recording session

Recording "Variations"
Woods End Studio
Greenfield Center, NY
Saturday 11/30/02

Lark Fest '02

Lark Fest - Albany, NY
Saturday 9/14/02

BPQ w/s/g Phil Grenadier

Justin's w/s/g Phil Grenadier
Albany, NY
Sunday 7/14/02

The Brian Patneaude Quartet

Formed in 2002, the Brian Patneaude Quartet has become one of the most well known jazz acts in upstate New York. Their music is an organic blend of modern jazz styles, featuring accessible melodies and harmonic textures that appeal to the casual listener and jazz aficionado alike.

The group’s close-knit musical relationship and seamless interplay is a result of performances at numerous venues throughout the Northeast - including recent performances at the Kingston International Jazz Festival, Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Guilderland Performing Arts Center, WAMC Performing Arts Studio, A Place For Jazz Concert Series, Albany’s “Lark Fest”, Saratoga’s “Final Stretch Street Festival” and a seven year weekly residency at one of the Capital District’s most highly acclaimed jazz venues - Justin’s.

The quartet has been repeatedly cited as “Best Jazz Group” by the writers and readers of Metroland magazine and has gained increasing attention, both nationally and abroad. Tracks from the group’s CDs have been played on over 50 radio stations worldwide, including the nationally syndicated “Jazz After Hours” with Jim Wilke and “Listen Here!” hosted by Neil Tesser & Mark Ruffin.

As We Know It is the third release on WEPA Records by the Brian Patneaude Quartet following Variations (2002) and Distance (2005).

The group has performed throughout the Northeast at venues such as ...
The music of the Brian Patneaude Quartet has been heard around the world on:

Jazz After Hours w/Jim Wilke
KOSMOS - Syros, Greece
CKUW - Winnipeg, Canada
KAJX - Aspen, CO
KAMU - College Starion, TX
KAOS - Olympia, WA
KASU - Jonesboro, AK
KBCS - Bellevue, WA
KCBX - San Luis Obispo, CA
KEWU - Cheney, WA
KIOS - Omaha, NE
KJAZZ - Long Beach, CA
KLCC - Eugene, OR
KMXT - Kodiak, AL
KSDS - San Diego, CA
KSJS - San Jose, CA
KSPC – Claremont, CA
KTUH - Manoa, HI
KUAZ - Tucson, AZ
WAER - Syracuse, NY
WAMC - Albany, NY
WBRS - Waltham, MA
WCDB - Albany, NY
WCLV - Cleveland, OH
WDCE - Richmond, VA
WDCV - Carlisle, PA
WDIY - Bethlehem PA
WEXT - Amsterdam, NY
WFCF - St. Augustine, FL
WFCR - Amherst, MA
WHCJ - Savannah, GA
WLSU - La Crosse, WI
WMEB - Orono, ME
WNHU - West Haven, CT
WNMC - Traverse City MI
WPTC - Williamsport, PA
WRIP - Windham, NY
WRIR - Richmond, VA
WRTC - Hartford CT
WRUV - Burlington, VT
WICR - Indianapolis, IN
WRBC - Lewiston, ME
WSIE - Edwardsville, IL
WSKG - Binghamton, NY
WSPN - Saratoga, NY
WUCF - Orlando, FL
WUML - Lowell, MA
WUSM - Hattiesburg, MS
WUSR - Scranton, PA
WVIA - Scranton, PA
WVOF - Fairfield, CT
WVTF - Roanoke, VA
WVUD - Newark, DE
WWOZ - New Orleans, LA
WWSP - Stevens Point, WI
WZMR - Albany, NY
Blaze Radio - Birmingham, AL
M3Radio - internet radio

Members of the quartet include ...
Pianist David Caldwell-Mason hails from Columbia County in upstate NY, and has collaborated with Brian Patneaude for about a decade. His fist album as a leader, Sharp as Knife was released in 2008. He also appears on the Trachy/Lacy Collective's debut album, Lanky, and is featured on a number of electronic/dance tracks from producer Serge Negri of Bamboo Sounds. After beginning his performing career in earnest with "Larry Lewis and Solid Smoke," David has gone on to play with a number of established and up-and-coming musicians, including Darren Barrett, Mark Guilianna, Ari Hoenig, Ameen Saleem, Tyshawn Sorey, and Steve Turre. He has performed at the United Nations and Rockwood Music Hall in New York, the Uiwang City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. David currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and plays at Bethesda Baptist Church in Jersey City.
A native of Troy, NY, guitarist George Muscatello has become a mainstay of the Capital District music scene following a period of study at Schenectady County Community College and the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. While at Manhattan the guitarist honed his skills with Wayne Krantz and Rodney Jones while immersing himself in the music of modern classical composers such as Bela Bartok and Leo Brouwer. Muscatello has become well known throughout the Capital District for his long-standing weekly jazz series at Savannah's, the Lionheart Cafe and QE2. In addition, he has performed with a who's who of area jazz luminaries including saxophonist Nick Brignola. George brings a unique sound and compositional approach to the quartet with musical influences as varied as free jazz, contemporary classical and metal. George Muscatello
Bassist Mike Parker ... bio coming soon.
Saratoga based bassist Mike DelPrete earned a bachelors degree from Skidmore College where he studied bass with Rich Syracuse and was a member of a Downbeat Award winning student ensemble.  DelPrete recently earned a MFA degree in composition from Bennington College where he studied with Allen Shawn, Nick Brooke and Milford Graves.  DelPrete is currently a faculty member at the National Guitar Workshop and an adjunct faculty member at Bennington College.  He maintains an active performance schedule with a variety of musicians throughout the Northeast.
Drummer Danny Whelchel spent the majority of his life in Lafayette, Louisiana before moving to upstate New York in the fall of 1997. Since then he has performed with a variety of musicians including Charles Neville, John Mengon, Teri Roiger, Tessa Souter, Evita Cobo, Ray Alexander, Adrian Cohen, Soul Session, Carl Landa, Amy Abdou, Jeff Gonzales, Nicole Peyrafitte, Bob Warren, Michael Jerling, Jocamo, Pangaea, Out Of Control, and the Refrigerators. Danny is currently dance accompanist at the Emma Willard School. Danny Whelchel
Throughout his professional career as a jazz pianist, Dave Payette has developed a unique and refined voice, informed by an extensive rooting in classical music and technique, but also influenced by contemporary styles.  Currently a member of three working ensembles in addition to a busy solo career, Payette is a versatile musician who excels not only in the jazz idiom, but also at keyboard and organ styles in other genres including funk, R&B, and pop.  A former student of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, Payette has studied with pianists Brad Mehldau and Hal Galper, saxophonists Steve Wilson and Kenny Garrett, and classical pianist Stephanie Brown.

As We Know It (WEPA Records)

“A group that we can include without second thought in the list of the new generation's most remarkable bands.”
     Vangelis Aragiannis, Jazz & Tzaz, Greece

"Patneaude and crew explore a post-Michael Brecker world of accessible, melodically astute and harmonically textured music"
     Jazzwise, UK

" ... his quartet brings to mind the best work of Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and others from the era."
     Chronogram Magazine

" ... a wonderful album filled with memorable tunes that stick in the mind, played with a joy that is infectious. Patneaude and the band are masters of telling a story."
     Budd Kopman,

"This is a magical disc that yields a little bit more musical treasure upon each return."
     Mike Hotter, Metroland

"... high-caliber jazz performed with gusto, determination and a persuasive vibe."
     Glenn Astirita, eJazzNews

" ... the passion and maturity in Patneaude’s writing and playing is all his own, and this disc is his best recording to date."

"This is smart music that doesn't brag about its IQ, or its hipness quotient. It's music that embraces melody and adventure in equal parts without a trace of irony. It's music that's fearlessly spiritual without ever preaching. It's music with heart."
     Greg Haymes, Times Union

"As We Know It is another collection of well-written, well-performed originals ... Patneaude's lines and fills here have the clarity and conciseness that were hallmarks of Michael Brecker; however, the beauty and maturity Patneaude brings to As We Know It is all his own. Like the Albany jazz scene, the Brian Patneaude Quartet keeps moving towards the future."
     J Hunter,

"This band is a very adept working unit, performing memorable original compositions and comfortable at any tempo that they choose to perform, making this a consistently good album of modern jazz."
     Tim Niland, Jazz & Blues Music Reviews

Distance (WEPA Records)

“ … lyrical, melodic, musical, & tasteful. Every note has its meaning. Distance makes a statement - a beautiful one.”
     Jeff Waggoner - contributing writer, Jazz Times

"Distance continues on in the pattern established by Patneaude’s debut, seamlessly incorporating world rhythms and textures, tasteful shadings of free-jazz inspired oddity, and smoky slow groove, all of which are threaded together by Patneaude’s unfailingly lyrical and melodic tenor."

"Distance is a solid winner from start to finish."
     Greg Haymes, Times Union, Albany, NY

"Distance has muscular, straight-ahead blowing, some lyrical ballads — "Alone" may be Patneaude’s most evocative slow melody ever — and some change of pace surprises."
     Michael Hochanadel, The Daily Gazette, Schenectady, NY

"The group is extremely tight and its music is like nothing else. Sounding at various turns exuberant, soaring, grooving, or longing, it leaves you in suspense from one track to the next about what is going to happen. Even within a track, the music is never predictable, and many times the band's total sound can sweep you away."

"... deceptively accessible, flavored with rhythm and melody that’s fun and funky and sure to lift your spirits. Distance stays with you."
     B.A. Nilsson, Metroland

"[Distance is] an outstanding CD, absolutely no question, one of the 5 best I've heard this year."
     Albert Khalis Pride, Jazz Exodus (5/5 stars)

" ... teaches listeners a thing or two about pace ... The disc is filled with winding build-ups and fresh timing."
     Mark Bialczak, Syracuse Post Standard

"The musicians are in total control of their instruments on brilliantly composed, eclectic music - a blend which gives the listener further reason to celebrate the music of Distance. Patneaude, as a composer and tenor player, glistens with great potential and the group's strong presence compliments his efforts 100%.
     Rob Young, Abstract Grooves

Variations (WEPA Records)

"A highly accomplished debut recording that truly is the sum of some excellent parts"
     The All Music Guide (****)

" ... a super-hip sound ... perfectly balances inventive improvisation with slippery-smooth melodies for a sound as refreshing as it is classic."
     Seven Days, Burlington, VT

"Variations is the work of young professionals who have developed their own ideas about the direction of their music and customize their compositions to fit their musical personalities ... the tightness of the quartet establishes a distinctive style that constantly catches the listener off guard with it's unpredictability ... you'll be hearing more of Patneaude's quartet in the future"

" ... a fabulous recording ... amazingly fresh in both concept and execution"
     Mike Schwartz KSJS 90.5 FM, San Jose, CA

"We'll be hearing a great deal from this group in years to come."

"... a wonderful, tightly supportive combination of a wide variety of elements ... performed at the highest level of musicianship"
     "A Place For Jazz"

"... fresh melodic modern jazz played with passion. I expect these guys to be of a higher profile very soon."
     Phil Grenadier - trumpeter & Fresh Sound New Talent recording artist