Written by Patrick Jarenwattananon from WBGO-FM
Many jazz musicians write music here and there, but it’s still a leap for someone to go from “writing tunes” to taking pride in the art of composition. The alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius, based in New York for a decade now, is headed that way. After releasing his fourth album, Infinite Blue, earlier this year, he’s now set to premiere a new set of compositions for jazz octet. While We’re Still Young is a suite based on the illustrated book of children’s poems When We Were Very Young, by Winnie-The-Pooh creator A.A. Milne, and inspired by his own experience as a father of two.
When he returns to his undergraduate alma mater Berklee College of Music to premiere the new material, Cornelius and his band will also feature a handful of Berklee alumni and faculty. WBGO and NPR Music present a live radio broadcast and video webcast of Patrick Cornelius’ While We’re Still Young in concert on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET.
- Patrick Cornelius, alto saxophone
- Jason Palmer, trumpet
- John Ellis, tenor saxophone
- Nick Vayenas, trombone
- Miles Okazaki, guitar
- Gerald Clayton, piano
- Peter Slavov, bass
- Kendrick Scott, drums