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photo courtesy of Pat Patrick archive


(Boston) -  Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, the son of influential jazz saxophonist Laurdine “Pat” Patrick, is donating his late-father’s papers and personal materials to the Berklee College of Music.   

Governor Patrick made the announcement in March, at a ceremony at the college, where Berklee students played some of his father’s original compositions. 

Attending the ceremony with Patrick and his family were Berklee President Roger Brown, poet Amiri Baraka, and Bill Banfield, director of Africana Studies at the college.  

Patrick, who specialized on the baritone sax, played with many of the musical greats of the 20th century, including Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Eartha Kitt, Sammy Davis, Jr.  and John Coltrane.  He is best known for his 40-year association with the avant garde ensemble, Sun Ra Arkestra.   Patrick died in 1991 of leukemia.   

The collection includes original musical scores by Patrick and Ellington, photographs, personal materials, correspondence and recordings.    

College officials described the Patrick collection as “a time capsule showing the interaction of culture and history during a significant time in jazz.”    

Banfield said the Africana Studies Department teaches students to “focus on many aspects and layers of cultural criticism, and to read deeply into history and art.  The Pat Patrick archives help deepen this kind of educational experience for our students.”


Berklee’s Bill Banfield (left) and Governor Deval Patrick review Pat Patrick’s jazz collection.


- by Michael P. Quinlin

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