Music & Recording Arts Teacher/Mentor
With accomplished musicianship and a great sense of deep groove, virtuoso drummer Patrick Charles music is visual and cerebral. His debut CD Cite Soleil, and he's follow up CD Sons of the Sun, presents an artist of far-reaching vision and versatility. Released on his production company/indie label JPC Music Group; the recordings bring Patrick Charles center stage as a composer, producer, and bandleader. Cite Soleil and Sons of The Sun feature a stellar cast of LA studio players and world-class jazz artists. Such as saxophone great Everette Harp, Miles Davis Keyboardist Wayne Linsey, And two time Grammy Nominated pianist and composer Kevin Toney of the Black Birds, Michael Jackson bassist Alex Al and Mojazz recording artist trumpeter Johnny Britt. In Los Angeles, his work as a professional drummer has brought him acclaim from studio sessions and live performances with such artists as blues legend Linda Hopkins, funk and soul songstress Maxayn Lewis, and Teena Marie.
Patrick Charles' television and movie appearances have included hit television shows Boston legal, Melrose Place, The movie Look at Me, a music character-driven film, and Crazy the Hank Garland story. As a bandleader, Patrick has performed in the Nakaoka Heritage world music festival, the Yokohama Jazz festival. And a commissioned international artist for the Sumida Jazz festival from 2012 to 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in East Orange, New Jersey, Patrick Charles owes his musical awakening during middle school to the trumpet. But the drums quickly chose him; music became Patrick's calling card, and while in High school, Patrick became the house drummer for the famous Peppermint lounged in East Orange, NJ. Performing with Nightly guest artists such as the legendary Lou Rawls, Chaka Khan, Berry White, and famed Hip Hop artist Naughty by Nature and Queen Latifah. After high school, Patrick attended the Prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in composition and a Master's of Music in Music Production. As an educator, Patrick Charles has proven his commitment to inspire and mentor the youth through music education by teaching for the Hollywood Star Program for inner-city youth in Los Angeles and teaching at the Los Angeles city college and the Boys and Girls club. Teaching various music instructions created explicitly for individual students.