uitarist/Composer Patrick Greene's bebop phrasing and soulful articulations have been breathing life into the San Francisco music scene for the past twelve years and nationally for almost twenty. He and his groups are known for their ability to captivate, entertain and thrill an audience. Patrick's compositions reflect a deep understanding and respect for jazz, its history, and its innovators, while maintaining a fixed eye on the future.
Greene has worked with several of the Bay Area's Jazz legends, and works at many of the area's premiere venues (see below). His warm sound, open mind, sense of humor, and ability to play a variety of styles has kept him in constant demand.
Before moving to San Francisco in 1992, Greene worked in blues, jazz, funk, and reggae bands in St. Louis (his hometown), Milwaukee, Chicago, and Los Angeles. This included a stint with St. Louis' Reggae At Will band.Patrick received a BA in Jazz Performance from Sonoma State University and studied guitar with Sid Jacobs, Randy Vincent, Steve Erquiaga and Anthony Peterson. While earning his degree, he freelanced around the Bay Area soon landing a steady gig with the great saxophonist, Bishop Norman Williams. During that period, he also founded a modern jazz collective, New Soil, with now New York based trumpeter, Noah Bloom. As an active Bay Area performer and music educator, Patrick's career has included such highlights as: a performance for President Clinton, the release of his first CD as a leader, instructor with Bruce Forman's Jazz Masters Workshop, eight appearances at the North Beach Jazz Festival, and a featured performance at the Great Hawaiian Jazz Festival in Honolulu.
Now a mainstay on the Bay Area scene, Greene's music has ignited interest from a wide array of audiences with performances at such venues as: Bruno's, Zebulon's, the Black Cat, the Beat Lounge, Eastside West, Cafe Du Nord, Butterfly, Elbo Room, Jupiter, the SFMOMA, Rose Pistola, and the Claremont.
Patrick has had the pleasure of working, and/or sharing the stage with: Barbara Morrison, Eddie Marshall, Bishop Norman Williams, Ndugu Chancellor, Dewey Redman, Donald Bailey, Herbie Lewis, Dawaan Muhammed, Darrell Green, Wil Blades, Howard Wiley, Dana Stephens, Spencer Allen, BJ Poppa, Chris Amberger, Jeff Pittson, Tim Bulkly, Coto Pincheira , Noah Bloom, Geoff Harper, John Wicks, Marc Fendel, RAW, New Soil, Captain Tonic, and Swoop Unit.