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The Len Paterson Trio is eclectic groove music that strikes a unique chord in the heart of the listener. They play with passionate abandon their own mesmerizing blend of strangely moving, oddly charming, music for a new universe.

Guitarist Len Paterson and bassist Ellen Schoenwetter have been playing together in various incarnations in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years, including their side project Flowtilla. During that time, they have explored the vast musical terrain that has made the local scene so rich and diverse, playing jazz, blues, r&b, world, and rock as well as improv avant-garde. The current Len Paterson Trio with Jan Jackson on drums has played to enthusiastic audiences at local clubs and large outdoor events in Northern California.

The Len Paterson Trio benefits from the varied backgrounds of each member. Len and Ellen spent several years performing with multi-instrumentalist, Ralph Carney (of Tom Waits). Len is a frequent sub and guest in the popular Miles Davis tribute band, Bitches Brew, and ex- Jr. Walker organist Jackie Ivory’s quartet. Len recently made JamBase’s 10 best guitarists of 2001 list and Derk Richardson writes in the East Bay Express that “Paterson should be ranked with the Bay Area’s best and most inventive.” He has also collaborated with Malcolm Mooney (of Can), Henry Kaiser, Beth Custer, Splatter Trio, was a founding member of Pluto, composed music for film, and can be heard in collaboration with David Slusser on John Zorn’s Tzadik label.
Ellen has toured Europe with the rock band A. O. G., played for several years with local be-bop legend, Bishop Norman Williams, was also a founding member of Pluto and freelances with many local musicians.

Drummer Jan Jackson rounds out the Len Paterson Trio with his refined sense of the groove. He currently also works with Verve recording artist, Will Bernard and local composer, vocalist, clarinet-virtuoso, Beth Custer. He has even backed up Chuck Berry.

The following Len Paterson Trio review is from www.pauserecord.com Nov. 8 “CDs of the week”;

CLOUDY” (Len Paterson) – A Bay
Area guitarist who is obviously
steeped in the tradition of Grant
Green and Wes Montgomery, Len
Paterson has made a fine jazz /
acid jazz debut with “Sunny Cloudy.” Paterson’s
chords and notes are played clean, with a
minimum of effects or processing, while the
rhythm section, which consists of his partner,
Ellen Schoenwetter on bass and Jan Jackson
(Will Bernard & Motherbug, The Coup) on
drums, swing mightily no matter what tempo
they choose. The band may have been
influenced by Green and Montgomery, for
example, but they are not simply recreating their
sound. Rather, Paterson introduces other
elements from music at times, such as the
African rhythms in the title track, the restless,
angular grooves of “Joviality,” the loping,
feel of “Attitude Is Everything,” and the Latin
rhythms of “The Nomad,” reveal Paterson and
company to be painting from a large conceptual
palette. As good a guitarist as he is, most
people will not want to look to his hands for
fingering ideas; Paterson is left-handed, and
taught himself to play on a regular guitar, so
everything is upside down. Upside down or not,
this is a very tasty collection of music.

Len Paterson Trio songlist includes:

Afro Blue

Ain’t Misbehavin’

All Blues

All Of Me

All The Things You Are


As Time Goes By

Autumn Leaves

Bemsha Swing

Bessie’s Blues

Billie’s Bounce

Black Orpheus

Blue Bossa

Blue Monk

Body and Soul

Brick House

Bye Bye Blackbird



Chicken Shack

Cissy Strut



Day Tripper

Days of Wine and Roses

Donna Lee

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

Don’t Lose Your Cool

Eleanor Rigby


Four on Six

Freddie the Freeloader

Going Out of My Head

Girl from Ipanema

Good Times

Gotta Get You Into My Life

Grazin’ In The Grass

Green Dolphin Street

Green Onions


Harlem Nocturne

Heard It Through the Grapevine


Honeysuckle Rose

How Insensitive

How High The Moon

I Feel Good

I Got Rhythm

I Mean You

I’m Beginning To See The Light


In A Mellow Tone


In Walked Bud


James Bond Theme

Jelly Roll


Low Rider

Manic Depression


Mercy Mercy

Messin’ With The Kid


Midnight Cowboy




Mr. P.C.

My Favorite Things

My Funny Valentine

My Little Boat

Night And Day

Night Train

Norwegian Wood

Nostalgia In Times Square

Now’s The Time

The Ocean

Over The Rainbow

Oye Como Va

Paperback Writer


Pick Up The Pieces

Power Of Love

Rollar Coaster

Satin Doll

Scrapple From The Apple

Second Line Strut

Shadow of Your Smile


Softly As A Morning Sunrise

So What

Song For My Father


Soulful Strut

Soul Sauce



Summer Samba


Take Five

Take The A Train

Tear The Roof off The Sucker


That’s All

Things Ain’t What They Used To Be

This Masquerade

Third Stone From The Sun

Till There Was You

Tune Up

Watch What Happens

Watermelon Man


Well You Needn’t

What’s Goin On

WhenThe Saints Come Marching In

Willow Weep For Me


Woke Up This Morning


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