Michael Patterson

Michael Patterson is an Emmy Award–winning composer who has done extensive work in jazz as well as in concert music and film. He is a graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music (BM ‘71) and the Eastman School of Music (MM ’80). His work in jazz has included compositions and arrangements for artists such as Woody Herman, Kenny Garrett, Woody Shaw, Marc Copland, Gene Bertoncini, Roland Hanna, and Phil Woods as well as for his own jazz quintet and 16-piece big band. His film work includes episodes of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, over 50 episodes of JAG (CBS-TV), Tiny Toon Adventures with Steven Spielberg, and feature film work on Lucasfilms’ Radioland Murders. Most recently he conducted and orchestrated Leonard Rosenman’s score for the feature film Jurij, which received its premiere at the New York Film Festival in 2002. Active in education, he has been composer in residence for the Henry Mancini Electronic Music Lab at the Los Angeles High School for the Arts. He has written concert works for the Rochester Philharmonic, the Eastman Trombone Quartet, the American Jazz Philharmonic and the Ernest Bloch Chamber Ensemble. The Debussy Trio premiered three of his works at the Hollywood Bowl Summer Festival, 2001. His Elegy for Violincello was premiered at Merkin Hall in 2002, and Line Drawings for classical saxophonist Jim Noyes was premiered in 2004. He recently recorded a selection of Thad Jones’s compositions, which he arranged and adapted for eight players, that features jazz greats Hank Jones, James Moody, Bob Brookmeyer, Mickey Roker, Jimmy Owens, Benny Golson, Frank Wess, and Richard Davis.