David's piano skills have long been in demand across the UK and far beyond, touring with legendary instrumental players such as Leroy Jones (Harry Connick Jr.), Stan Sulzmann, Damon Brown, Steve Fishwick and Bobby Wellins. He has also accompanied some of the finest singers in the world, including Barbara Morrison, Carol Kidd, Tina May, Clare Martin, Todd Gordon and Jacqui Dankworth.

David is well-recognised for his deeply-felt soulful ballad playing, but holds plenty of energy in reserve for more robust settings. His versatility stretches from the experimentalism of improv group Spontaniacs through to the neatly-crafted presentation of classic standard songs by Todd Gordon - and all points in between, having also toured with Salsa Celtica and Nightmares on Wax.


Reviews from the UK Press and Peers:

"Stylish contemporary pianist" The Guardian

"Patrick's compositions are exquisitely crafted throughout" Clive Davis, The Times

"An energy and inventiveness that is completely riveting" Contemporary Music Network

"His virtuosity at the keyboard is matched only by his skills as an arranger and composer of the highest calibre" BBC Radio Scotland

"The star of the show was David Patrick, whose colourful, rollicking solos were the spark that ignited the band" The Scotsman

"Intriguing melodies, taking classic song-forms in new directions" Evening News

"Composition is an essential and intrinsic part of his musical activities" The List

The Rite of Spring

"[The Rite is] a volcanic masterpiece; a miraculous creation of such originality that still today it shocks and overwhelms us." Leonard Bernstein

New release: 19th September 2015

This stunning reworking for jazz octet of Igor Stravinsky's masterwork retains all of the themes and almost all of the exquisite orchestration of the original composition. Improvisational sections appear organically out of Stravinsky's score, allowing band members to be featured as individual soloists as the piece unfolds.

The physical album also features exquisite original artwork by Adrian Wiszniewski.

Available at BirnamCDShop.

Critical acclaim for the recording of The Rite of Spring:

"Boldly imaginative and thrilling... Patrick brings a sympathetic but entirely fitting jazz sensibility to the work's vivid instrumental colour and syncopation." Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman ★★★★★

"What makes this recording stand out is the retention of the original themes and orchestrations - reworked for octet - whilst still leaving space for the soloists to improvise. A beautiful integration of two worlds. But, rising above the soloing, is the orchestration by David Patrick. The old and the new are integrated seamlessly. A triumph!" Bebop Spoken Here

"Never let it be said that jazz musicians in Scotland lack ambition... This is a Rite that rewards those whose love is of the original work as much as it will delight jazz fans." Keith Bruce, The Herald

"Patrick's inventive use of the octet... ensures that this version has almost as much aural power, and just as much emotional impact, as a full-on orchestral version." Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz ★★★★

"There have been several jazz adaptions... Precedent doesn't lessen the triumph... Patrick channels this orchestral masterpiece into a highly credible and genuinely exciting piece... retain[ing] all the qualities of the original, capturing all the essential phrases with rich voicings. There were people on their feet after the slamming finale." Rob Adams, The Herald ★★★★ Read the whole review

"The Rite was an exhilarating event in itself. The soprano sax stood in effectively for the famous bassoon introduction of the original, as Stravinsky's twisted pastoral of folk tunes and forest murmurs was given a jazz cellar reading, with syncopation to match, occasionally rasping into free jamming and even swinging... overall this was a brash and brilliant homage." Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman ★★★★ Read the whole review

From the reviews of the premiere of Patrick's interpretation of The Rites of Spring, given on 29th May, 2013, the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Stravinsky's masterwork

Concert Performances

Edinburgh Fringe Festival
- The Rite of Spring (Stravinsky, arr Patrick for jazz Octet)
- Jeux (Debussy, arr Patrick for jazz Dectet)
All at The Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, Edinburgh (Venue 57)
The Rite of Spring Tour
The Stables, Wavendon - - 01908 280800
Biggar Municipal Hall, Biggar Little Festival -
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall - - 0151 709 3789
The Verdict, Brighton, doors 7pm -
The Subscription Rooms, Stroud - - 01453 760900


Quiet, Now
Patrick's debut recording, an intimate duo with Mario Caribe on acoustic bass.
A project based on a chance meeting at a jam session in a basement jazz club in Prague, featuring the tenor saxophone of Ondrej Stveracek and German bassist Martin Zenker.
Love Dot Com
Arranged by Patrick, this recording features mainstream jazz/swing singer Todd Gordon in more contemporary settings. Listen out for "When Hell Freezes Over" - a gothic trilogy of German high-church baroque, NuYorican boogaloo - and Eddie van Halen's rock guitar.
The late and much lamented first incarnation of Spontaniacs featured Patrick and the incredibly versatile singer/vocal improvisor Lucy Kendra, ably supported by Des Travis on drums and Dave Conway on electric bass.


David Patrick currently teaches jazz piano and theory to students attending the University of Edinburgh and Napier University, having previously taught at Strathclyde University.

Previous students have included five winners of the Scottish Young Jazz Musician of the Year and many more finalists.

David also offers private lessons to advanced or advancing students, primarily those either at University or who achieved a Merit or above at Grade V in national music examinations. To arrange a consultation, please complete the Contact form below.


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