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Long Beach, California-based saxophonist, composer/arranger, educator, and local tough-man contest promoter, Patrick Sheng is an accomplished musician in the greater L.A. music scene. In any musical setting, from the symphony orchestra to the big band to the local chicken and waffles joint that serves as a jazz club on Tuesday nights, Patrick is known for his musical artistry and professionalism.
Here comes the name dropping part; Patrick has appeared with acclaimed musicians and ensembles, including Wycliffe Gordon, Joey DeFrancesco, Tom Scott, Ernie Watts, Andy Narell, Ben Vareen, The Harry James Orchestra, The Spokane Symphony Pops, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robin Hood, Cleopatra, blah blah blah, and [insert other names] you recognize that simultaneously impress you and fill you with a sense of familiarity and/or approval. Whether performing in the symphony orchestra hall, big band settings, pop/rock groups, or slapping his belly with a peanut butter sandwich while wearing Batman pajamas, Patrick is a versatile performer in a variety of settings.
Patrick has an MA in Jazz Studies and BM in Saxophone Performance from Washington State University, where he studied under the direction of professors Greg Yasinitsky, Dave Hagelganz, and Horace Alexander Young. He also has a Doctorate of Arts in abstract needlepoint, and is working on his post-doctoral fellowship in jazz beekeeping.
As an educator, Patrick has taught saxophone performance, jazz improvisation/theory, led jazz combos and big bands, and a variety of other music courses at the college level. He has had the privilege to teach at Washington State University, Clark College, McNeese State University, and currently directs the instrumental jazz program at Long Beach City College.
On his off-days, Patrick likes to cook/eat homemade baked goods and go skateboarding, just not at the same time.