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BIOGRAPHY

Patrick J Burke

From playing drums as a young guest artist with the Stan Kenton Orchestra in 1968 to playing vibes on Bobby Caldwell's new CD, Patrick has been in the music scene most of his life. Drums being his first instrument, he has shared the stage and played the full spectrum from James Brown and Billy Paul, to Broadway shows and classical symphonies with The Baja Symphony, to Johnny and Edgar Winter, Albert Collins, BB King, Leon Russell, to Billy Cobham And Eric Johnson, to OJ Ekemode and the Nigerian All-Stars.

Picking up the vibes in the 70's, Patrick attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, studying with Dave Samuels, Gary Burton, and Alan Dawson. Playing in the San Diego based latin jazz group Storm; he has performed with Tito Puente and Poncho Sanchez, as well as the Kool Jazz Festivals in the 80's.

. In the Los Angeles area, Patrick has been a guest artist for the Los Angeles Jazz Society playing vibes in tributes to vibraphone greats Milt Jackson, Gary Burton, Charlie Shomake, Terry Gibbs, Larry Bunker, Dave Pike, and Emil Richards, as well as performing in the club scene.

Always interested in in the percussion intruments, the steel drums became a natural fit. In the late 80's to early 90's Patrick began looking into playing the steel drums. Playing a little off and on throughout the years, he started full time in the 90's when the intruments were easier to purchase. The majority of all his performances are now on the steel drums. Panyard drums!

In San Diego, Patrick now performs with his own groups, Tjaderized and We Kinda Music / Pan Diego,..Tjaderized is latin jazz music with an All-Star group played on vibes and marimba...Keeping the music of Cal Tjader alive. We Kinda Music & Pan Diego is calypso, soca, reggae, and Caribbean Island sounds on steel pans.

As a sideman, Patrick performs with world renowned singer Jesse Davis. (Drums). Timeout Band which features singers and musicians with the San Diego Chargers. (Drums).

Patrick has been working currently with The World Famous Jim Gibson (Guitarist & Vocalist) and the great vocalist Bob Eagleman throughout Southern California. Duos to full bands available.

LESSONS ---- Steel Drums, Vibes, Marimba, , Drumset, Percussion

and now the drum instructor and Guitar Center La Mesa

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