Jazz Guitarist Patrick Yandall In Concert
*Growing up in a military family wasn’t easy. In a world that was constantly changing, Yandall quickly learned to let his music do the talking. Playing the trumpet in the 4th grade provided the youngster an easy escape from the loneliness of a nomadic life. But, it was a freak football accident when he was in 6th grade in Bay City, Michigan, that would lead Yandall to focus on the guitar. A three-month hospital stay and a sympathetic musician father who loved jazz would encourage Yandall to pick up a guitar book. It didn’t take long for a life-long obsession to develop. *After his family finally settled in Michigan, Yandall fell in love with the progressive styles of Jimi Hendrix, Yes, Steely Dan, and George Benson. R&B/Soul artists EWF, Stevie Wonder, and Rufus, were also a definite influence. Attending a concert of Jeff Lorber with Kenny G on sax as a young musician, was a life-changing moment and steered his vision towards instrumental music. During his teen years, Yandall would use the nightclubs all over Michigan as a training ground. He began playing in adult clubs at the tender age of thirteen, Yandall would learn to unite the heart of jazz with the flavors of rock and R&B. A summer music program in Boston and at Central Michigan University would help the guitarist to focus his talents on a more jazz-fusion approach. *Yandall moved to San Diego in the early 1980’s. Playing in a few cover bands in the SoCal area garnered the musician some important contacts which lead to studio work in Los Angeles for Capitol Records, and San Diego. This would find him a trusted place performing occasionally with the likes of J. Michael Verta, Michael Paulo, Scott Wilkie, Carl Evans, Jr. (Fattburger), Hollies Gentry III, Greg Vail (Kilauea), Tommy Emmanuel, Tom Braxton, and many more. Working with artists like Randy Brecker, Will Lee, Joel Rosenblatt (Spyro Gyra), who played on his “From the Ashes’ CD. But concentrating on his own music has always been the priority! A favored producer and featured artist, Yandall has produced and/or recorded for NBC, KUSI 51, Muzak, The Weather Channel and various San Diego media outlets. His music has appeared in feature films like “Fruitvale Station”, “War, Inc.” and TV shows such as “Speechless” “New Girl” “Girls” “Shameless” “Raising Hope” “Impulse” and more! He’s appeared nationally in scores of major jazz festivals and contemporary jazz venues. And PBS aired a special on Patrick and his music that was aired in the Midwest. His commercially released projects have charted on Billboard, and the last two have been in Grammy consideration in the “Contemporary Instrumental” category. *His focus has always been to create more music and improve as a guitarist, composer, producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist. His music is everywhere and that has always been the goal of this serious and prolific musician!
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