THE BAND

The Patrick Stanfield Jones Band comes in multiple configurations in order to fit your entertainment budget. Any configuration is available for your event whether backyard, corporate or wedding.

 

Stage Band - All the players from the quartet along with a saxophonist and electric keyboardist.

 

Send Pat an email for pricing. See the booking information at the bottom right of this page
 

                                                                                  Patrick Stanfield Jones

                                                                                         guitar/vocals

 

Patrick Stanfield Jones is a guitarist and vocalist, composer and lyricist, arranger and producer. He has shared the stage as a supporting musician with many well known acts, recording artists, has made T.V. appearances in England, Australia, Canada, and the U.S. Patrick has been a touring musician with the Isley Brothers, Whitney Houston, Buddy Miles, the Sylvester Brothers, Kenny Rankin and Taj Mahal.  He has also opened for Albert Collins, Hubert Sumlin, War, Eddie Kendricks of the Temptations, Papa John Creach and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. 

 

Patrick began to learn guitar around the age of 13, and recalls having his older brother, Dalton play Chuck Berry’s ‘Promised Land’ for him on an acoustic. “I loved the rolling rhythm that came out, and Chuck’s lyrics of traveling across the country, it also being a song portraying with each city mentioned the hot spots of the civil rights movement”.

 

He returned to live with his brother in Conway, Massachusetts in 1973, and played in various bands of all genres. The 5 college area of western Massachusetts provided a fertile learning ground, with many venues to play, and many musicians to meet and learn from. Upon graduating 1975, he formed a band called ‘Fairchild’ with fellow composers Larry Forbes and Duncan Nichols, and played almost exclusively original material. The blend was eclectic, and the band was considered to one of the most original bands in the area, blending folk, jazz, funk, and blues combined with heartfelt and humorous lyrics. They toured the Northeast from Maine to Vermont and southward into Connecticut and New York state.

 

Patrick got his first real break when he passed the audition as guitarist for the National Tour of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ in 1980, and traveled the country playing in theatres and sitting in on jazz jam sessions after the shows end. Here he was exposed to the world of theatre and acting. He also recorded his first project with the funds from touring and started to play his own gigs fronting the band at the end of the tour. 1982 saw him again on the road with a bus and truck version of ‘Oh, Calcutta!’ where the itinerary showed 135 cities 192 shows in 180 days.  At tours end, he teamed with fellow songwriter Josh Radin, and formed the ‘Immolators’, a high powered rock funk band again doing mostly originals laced with diverse covers ranging from Prince to Joni Mitchell, Charlie Parker and New Wave rockers such as Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe. Brother Kevin ‘Bujo’ Jones secured an audition for him in the R&B supergroup ‘Isley, Jasper, Isley’, and toured with them and Luther Vandross. This association led him to touring with superstar Whitney Houston, and he toured the world in 1986.

 

Patrick toured again in 1990 with ‘Oh,Calcutta!’,and worked with Buddy Miles briefly in the mid 90’s. At this juncture, Pat decided to return to his roots and spent the next decade playing with the Sylvester Brothers; a roots rock band based on groove, good lyric material and straight ahead Rock and Roll and Blues originals. He also ventured back into three small theatre productions, Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘Spunk’, a collection of tales from the south, Melvin Kelley’s ‘Sothern Exposure ’and most recently,‘Woody Guthrie’s ‘American Song’,singing and playing guitar along with the cast.

 

Patrick discovered classical music in the 1990’s and played Lincoln Center’s Merkin Hall, doing composer Ned Rorem’s ‘Songs of Sadness’ in 2004. He has since begun to compose songs in the classical vein. For the past 2 years, Patrick has been working on his latest project, honing and developing his writing and arranging skills even more. This project is essentially a mix of well seasoned musicians which bring in their own eclectic elements, Patrick Jones now sets forth on a new chapter in his career.

 

 

 

 

                        Paul Connors

                        Piano/Organ

      

For the past 30 years, Paul has also been a session musician in recording studios in New York City and the surrounding area. Paul has composed recorded for television commercials for Nike, Banana Boat, and the MSG Network, and has recorded for artists such as Michael Powers, Melissa Reaves, The 4th Floor, and The Hip Pocket Band. Paul's latest session work has been at Sliding Door Studios in New Rochelle, NY where Paul has been heard on various artist's CD's, as well as music and sound design for television shows such as CBS's "Criminal Minds", "Pawn Stars", "Cajun Pawn Stars" and "American Pickers", WE's "Big Easy Brides", and Velocity's "Saw Dogs".

In addition to performing in the New York area, Paul teaches music in the public school system in Westchester County, NY. Paul also gives private lessons on piano, organ, guitar, bass, and voice. Private lessons include, but are not limited to improvisation, music theory, and ear training. Paul earned a bachelor of arts in English from Fordham University, and graduated summa cum laude from the master of arts program in music education form NYU. Paul has returned to NYU on two separate occasions as a guest speaker for the Music Business class, addressing both undergraduate and graduate performing arts and music education majors, sharing his own experience at NYU, as well as all aspects of his career being a band leader, freelance musician, and educator.

Paul currently lives in Croton-On-Hudson NY with his wife and two children

                                

                        Dave McMillen

                               drums

 

Dave, a native of Newburgh NY, is a producer/percussionist/songwriter who began his music career at the age of 6 prodded by his dad Mac, who was a drummer. By the time Dave was 13, he had won several rudimental (Swedish style) drumming competitions around the U.S. including the national championship in 1971. Dave along with his dad wrote all of the drum music for the United States Military Academy's Bag Pipe Band and were key in the bands creation in 1973. Dave's mom Anne Marie noticed that he probably should cross his unique talent over into "traps". She took him once a week for 2 years to Gene Krupa's protege' Roy Anderson's music shop in Wappinger Falls NY where Dave learned how to apply all 26 rudiments to a drum kit. From there Dave went on to attend the Gene Krupa/Cozy Cole drum school in NYC. Because of his love for intricate arrangements that require a wristy flair and improv style, Dave found his place in jazz drumming. Dave joined the musicians union in 1976 and went on to play many jazz rooms in Greenwich Village and Soho. Dave has played and recorded with Gil Paris (Blood Sweat and Tears, Tony Braxton), Steve Geller (Davey Jones), Charlie Shew (Orleans, Robbie Dupree, Todd Rundgren) Bobby Messano, The Sixteen String Band, Another Time, DD recording engineer, music producer, songwriter, bassist Al Hemberger (The Loft Recording Studio), Robert "Digget" Dermer (Pete Seeger), cowboy Hall of Fame member Ernie Sites, Patrick Stanfield Jones (the Isley Brothers, Whitney Houston). Corey Glover (Living Color) and Gerardo Velez (Jimi Hendrix). Dave is also excited to join forces with Lisa and John McKenna in their irish band Kid Antrim, which completes the full circle back to his roots in music.

                             Al Hemberger

                               Bass Guitar

 

Al Hemberger is a husband, dad, recording engineer, music producer, songwriter, bassist and environmentalist. He lives in Cold Spring or Woodstock  with his wife, Hope and their two daughters. Al and his brother Ted own and operate The Loft Recording Studios in Bronxville, NY, which was originally founded in 1968 as a children's Film and Theatre Center. Al wrote songs for twenty shows during his tenure as The Loft's music director. He was always interested in recording and during the eighties the Loft space evolved into three recording studios with supporting offices. The Loft has since hosted hundreds of artists including Rihanna, Richard Shindell, Dave Koz, The Jonas Brothers, Rod Stewart, Donny Osmond, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, NSync, Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Procol Harum, The Skatellites, and The Average White Band. Al has worked in studios from LA to London to Toronto to Nashville to Barbados. In addition to The Renovators, Al also enjoys playing with many other NY bands and songwriters including Tiki Daddy, Breakneck Ridge, The Costellos, Los Chinese, and Annie and the Natural Wonder Band. Most people do not know that Al is smiling all the time; you just can't see it. Even when he has no beard, his smile barely shows. He is also able take a nap anywhere, on very short notice. You can find Al, The Loft, The Renovators, and the rest on Facebook and elsewhere on the web. Google him for more info.

                           Dana Watson

                               Trumpet

 

coming soon!

                             Dave Fox

                            Saxaphone

 

Dave Fox is described as 200 pounds of rockin' sax!  Dave is the founding member of the bands; Dancin' Machine, Sundog and Kick Start Charlie.  Dave also appears with many other bands such as "The The Band Band", Soul'd Out, The Declan Power Band, Radio Flyer, Phat Boise Brass Band and the Rivers Edge Country Band. Dave's favorite quote is "As long as I am breathing, it might as well be through a horn" (Dave Silver - Trombone).

                           Kent Pennell

                             Trombone

 

Kent Pennell grew up in Pennsylvania and attended West Chester University, completing a bachelor's degree in Music Education.  While at West Chester, he studied trombone with Tyrone Breuninger of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  He continued his studies at the University of Illinois and attained his Masters of Music  in Composition, studying with internationally acclaimed composers Scott Wyatt and John Melby. Kent began his career as a music teacher in NJ in 1982 and has been a resident since then. He was Band Director at Saddle Brook High School and in 1986 became Director of Bands at Bergenfield High School where he served in that position for 17 years.  Under his leadership the Bergenfield High School Marching Band performed on national television, at professional football games, and at several festivals and parades. Kent went on to teach computer and networking technology, music technology and music theory. After 33 years of teaching, Kent is now enjoying retirement and keeps busy playing trombone in several area jazz ensembles, rock bands and even a disco band!

                          Management & Booking

 

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