Brian Patneaude Quartet CD Release Party at WAMC Performing Arts Studio Friday 4/20

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On Friday, April 20th, the Brian Patneaude Quartet + 1 will celebrate the release of As We Know It (WEPA Records) with a performance at 8:00pm at the WAMC Performing Arts Studio's Linda Norris Auditorium, 339 Central Ave.,Albany, NY. Tickets for the event are $12 and are available online at or by calling: (518) 465-5233 Ext. 4.

The saxophonist will be joined by guitarist George Muscatello, bassist Mike DelPrete, drummer Danny Whelchel and special guest pianist Dave Payette for two sets of original music and a special tribute to saxophonist Michael Brecker. In addition to celebrating the new recording, this performance also marks the five year anniversary of the Brian Patneaude Quartet.

Formed in 2002, the Brian Patneaude Quartet has quickly 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. Highlights include 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 five year weekly residency at one of the Capital District's most highly acclaimed jazz venues--Justin's.

The quartet has been repeatedly named “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 (WEPA Records) is the third release to feature Patneaude's long- standing quartet of guitarist George Muscatello, bassist Mike DelPrete and drummer Danny Whelchel as well as special guest Dave Payette on Fender Rhodes piano. The album is comprised of seven melodically driven original compositions that feature inventive solos and the cohesive group sound that the quartet has become known for. Previous releases include Distance (2005) and Variations (2003).

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