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Patrice Rushen
Patrice (* 1954) was three years old when she began playing the piano, and by the time she was six, she was giving classical recitals. In her teens, she attended Locke High School and later earned a degree in music from the University of Southern California. After winning a competition at the age of 17 that enabled her to perform with her band at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Patrice signed with the Prestige label, releasing three albums with them. In 1978, when she was 23, she began recording with Elektra.
 
In 2005, Patrice received an honorary doctorate of Music degree from Berklee College of Music. She is the chair of popular music at USC and the ambassador of artistry in Education at the Berklee College of Music. She has served as the film composer for numerous movies television shows and documentaries. She has been a member of jazz fusion band CAB, The Meeting (GRP Records) with a Ndugu Chancelor, Alfonso Johnson and Ernie Watts. Rushen is also a music director, having worked on various television events as well as Janet Jackson's world tour 'Janet'.
 
Patrice's songs are sampled often in other artists music. The chorus from "Forget Me Nots" was used as the music for the 1997 song "Men in Black". Patrice was credited as writer and composer, along with Will Smith and Terri McFadden. The same chorus can be heard in George Michael's song "Fastlove". Patrice was the first woman to serve as music director for the 46th, 47th, and 48th Grammy Awards. She was the only woman music director/conductor/arranger for a late-night show titled The Midnight Hour, which aired on CBS in 1990.
 
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Discography
Upon The Wings Of Music
Atlantic SD 18138
recorded January 1975 in Los Angeles, CA/USA
Jean-Luc Ponty, violin
Dan Sawyer, guitar
Ray Parker Junior, guitar
Patrice Rushen, piano, organ, synthesizer, clavinet
Ralphe Armstrong, bass
Ndugu (Leon Chancler), drums, percussion
Edge
Hip Bop Records OMCZ-16
recorded in Hoboken, NJ/USA, River Edge, NJ/USA and New York City/USA
Lenny White, drums, percussion
Victor Bailey, bass
Foley, bass
Nick Moroch, guitar
Donald Blackman, organ
Vince Evans, keyboards
Pete Levin, keyboards
Kelvin Sholar, keyboards
Patrice Rushen, piano, keyboards, organ
Danny Walsh, soprano sax, alto sax
Bennie Maupin, soprano sax, tenor sax, bass clarinet
Dianne Reeves, vocals

 
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