Welcome to the site of Will Patton

multi-instrumentalist and composer. Will has been playing all kinds of music for over 30 years now, including celtic, jazz, rock and roll, bluegrass and Brazilian choro.

He is in demand as a jazz bass player and session mandolinist in his home state of Vermont and has performed and taught from Fairbanks, Alaska to Key West, Fla., Pacific Palisades to Paris.

During the last 15 years he has been leading his own quintet comprised of mandolin/octave mandolin, violin, guitar, flute, clarinet and string bass. The group has been focusing on Gypsy jazz and Brazilian styles as well as straight up bebop and perform many original compositions in their repertoire.

Their 2000 CD release, Latitudes and Departures received high critical acclaim and national recognition. This was followed by Périphérique, released in 2002 and featuring legendary Gypsy guitarist Ninine Garcia.

Will and Ninine teamed up again to record 3 tracks on the 2005 release String Theory. This recording features solid playing and inspired soloing from Will's long time Ensemble, as well as stellar contributions from accordion wizard Jeremiah McLane, clarinetist Anna Patton, jazz flautist Patricia Julien and members of Vermont's Sambatucada, the Brazilian samba school of the north on a no-holds barred samba. String Theory took the mandolin into whole new worlds.

The 2008 CD 6th Street Runaround  put the emphasis on straight ahead jazz and group improvisation, along with some gypsy tunes and a beautiful waltz, "Tournez a Trois".  The Ensemble is joined by Paul Glasse, master jazz mandolinist (Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin) on Charlie Christian's Breakfast Feud, by Dono Schabner, master manouche style player, and by Anna Patton, Will's daughter and respected clarinet player in her own right.  Lar Duggan adds his soulful distinctive piano sound to a few cuts as well.   This new CD showcases the energy and empathy developed from the Ensembles' 12 years of performing and recording together.

May 2011 saw the release of the group's 5th CD, Flow, featuring some torrid bebop, gentle acoustic waltzes and even a charango. Jazzmando.com says ". . . we're enchanted with the swing and ethnic rhythms and the contagious melodies of this masterpiece project. We've been expecting this for a couple years, and it's everything we could have expected and more." Guests include New York City chromatic harmonica ace Will Galison, Tom Cleary of Mike Gordon's band and Jim Pitman on dobro.
This December, 2014 the WPE's 6th CD, Time's Arrow, was released showcasing the continuing evolution of their musical explorations, with French musette, hard driving bebop, a Brasilian waltz from Pixinguinha and an exquisit rendering of Steven Foster's Hard Times featuring pianist Michael Arnowitt. Time's Arrow was selected as Vermont's best instrumental CD of the year.
For an interview with Will at Mandolincafe.com visit MandolinCafe