Pat Bianchi Trio
Pat Bianchi Trio
“Bianchi has carved out a spot for himself among jazz’s elite organists.”
– Phil Lutz, DownBeat
“The legacy and tradition of the organ is dependent on the young players of today. Pat Bianchi is one of the voices who will take it into the future.”
– Dr. Lonnie Smith
Two-time Grammy-nominated organist and winner of DownBeat Magazine’s 2016 Rising Star poll, Pat Bianchi has established himself as one of the most in-demand organists on the scene today. His command of the instrument, harmonic prowess, rhythmic intensity and versatility are rivaled by few.
Pat Bianchi attended Berklee College of Music in Boston with a focus on piano. After graduating Berklee, Bianchi secured the position as the house pianist at the famous El Chapultepec club in Denver, CO. “The Pec” (as it is known to locals) often brought in guest artists, giving Pat the opportunity to play with such greats as Red Holloway, Dakota Staton, Carl Fontana, Javon Jackson, Mark Elf, Bud Shank, Brad Leali, Pete Christlieb, and Conte Candoli. After being at the Pec for 6 nights a week for almost 3 years, Pat became an important fixture on the Denver Jazz Scene.
Bianchi returned to New York City in June of 2008, and soon after he officially joined Lou Donaldson’s quartet in 2009. Continuing to play with Lou, Bianchi also joined Pat Martino’s working trio in 2011 while taking on the responsibilities as music director. Bianchi is featured on numerous recordings such as Tim Warfield’s Sentimental Journey, a follow up to Warfield’s recording One For Shirley (on which he also appears) as well as guitarist Chuck Loeb’s release, Plain and Simple. At this time Bianchi also continued to perform with drummer Ralph Peterson Jr., forging ahead with the Unity Project. Bianchi was featured, recording much of this material on Peterson’s CD Outer Reaches. Soon after this Bianchi released his second recording as a leader, Back Home. This recording features Terell Stafford, Ralph Peterson Jr, Wayne Escoffery, Carmen Intorre Jr., and Gilad Hekselman.
While still actively performing with both Pat Martino and Lou Donaldson, Bianchi not only continues to collaborate with many well-known musicians but is also on the faculty of Temple University (Philadelphia) and Queens College (NYC). Bianchi has released six CDs as a leader and is also a featured artist on over 30 recordings. Building on the success of his 2015 recording A Higher Standard, his newest release, In The Moment (which was #1 on the JazzWeek Radio Chart and #2 for over 8 weeks) features an array of guests including Pat Martino, Kevin Mahogany, Joe Locke, Peter Bernstein, Paul Bollenback, Byron Landham, and Carmen Intorre, Jr.