Featured Artist of the Week – John Patti
Originating from Baltimore, Maryland, John Patti has performed for crowds across the nation and the world! At age 3, he began banging on chairs, couches, tables and whatever made the most noise until he found his father’s old drum set which he used to teach himself to play drums throughout elementary and middle school.
Being a fan of many genres of music, John was quickly inspired by the musical styles of Jimmy Buffett and the island sound of the steel drums. At age 11, he was able to get his hands on an old set of steel drums lying around a family friendís house. Within 30 minutes, John had taught himself two island classics and never looked back.
Within two years of picking up the pans, John formed his first band with a group of high school friends. Wasting Daylight would be the band that would introduce John to the entertainment world and music industry. Since then he has been a part of many local bands such as Key Lime Pie, Light Street Groove and Captain Quint, a Jimmy Buffett Tribute band based out of Baltimore.
In 1998 John was asked to make a special guest appearance at the Meeting of the Minds convention in Key West, Florida. There he had an opportunity to perform with members of Jimmy Buffettís Coral Reefer band, including his primary influence Robert Greenidge. That event inspired John to pursue his musical passion and he lobbied to incorporate steel drums into the music programs at his local high school and into college.
He attended West Virginia University under a full scholarship for music where he was able to study the steel drums with Dr. Ellie Mannette, the creator of the modern day steel drum. He later transferred to University of Maryland College Park to study business Graduated in May 2005 with a double degree in Marketing and Logistics from the nationally ranked Robert H. Smith School of Business.
He released his first solo album in July of 2006 titled ABOVE THE FOLD which blends the warm sounds of the islands with the cool sound of jazz to find a great “island jazz” sound.
Soon after his CD release, John joined Holland America Line and their fleet of luxurious cruise ships to travel and perform around the world. He’s performed in ports from Alaska, Hawaii and the Caribbean islands, into Brazil and South America, down to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, the fjords and mountains of New Zealand to the ancient buildings of China and Japan.
While touring on ships fills most of the winter months, the summer is spent touring the U.S. John has been hired to perform with many “Trop Rock” bands across the nation. Some of the bands include:
Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band – Florida,
John Frinzi – Florida,
Kelly McGuire – Houston,
A1A – Gerogia,
Jimmy and the Parrots- New Jersey
Key West Band- Roanoake, VA
Tropical Soul- York, PA
John has shared stages with various recording artists over the years, including Grammy nominated Nadirah Shakoor, CMA finalist for “instrumentalist of the year” Doyle Grisham, Nashville based Michael Utley and world renowned pannist Robert Greenidge. As well as musical legend and inventor Les Paul in New York City.
Some of John’s influences include: Robert Greenidge, Andy Narrell, Larry Carlton, Diana Krall, Chicago, Santana and Jimmy Buffett.
Visit John’s Website