Born and raised in San Francisco, a majority of Patrick’s first gigging started with the upright bass. His mother — yes, mother — pushed Patrick to play an instrument that dwarfed him in size. While he was hesitant at first, Patrick soon became recognized as an up-and-coming jazz bassist in the Bay Area. He was selected as one of two bassists in the SF Jazz All-Star band and also became a member of Mike Zilber’s quintet in Oakland, CA. The quintet, recognized by Downbeat Magazine as one of the top high school groups in the country, played a set at the 2005 Monterey Jazz Festival.
After high school, Patrick was awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Southern California. He moved down the coast and studied privately with the legendary John Clayton for four years. In these years, Patrick dedicated his life to transcribing the great bass players (Ray Brown, Scott LeFaro, Miroslav Vitous, to name a few) and learning how to play classical music with a bow. Patrick prides himself on his “chameleon” like skills with the bass. Whether it’s electric or upright bass, jazz or rock, folk or gospel, R&B or soul music, Patrick’s tone and approach always makes the music feel great and authentic. His influences include Pino Palladino, Paul McCartney, Dave Holland, Edgar Meyer, Christian McBride and Charlie Haden.
Patrick spends his time touring, gigging, composing his own music (under the name Phinney) and producing jingles.