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Don Patterson
Don (* 1936), a.k.a. Wilmer Mosby, played piano from childhood and was heavily influenced by Erroll Garner in his youth. In 1956, he switched to organ after hearing Jimmy Smith play the instrument. In the early 1960s, he began playing regularly with Sonny Stitt, and he began releasing material as a leader on Prestige Records from 1964 (with Pat Martino and Billy James as sidemen). His most commercially successful album was 1964's Holiday Soul, which reached #85 on the Billboard 200 in 1967. Patterson's troubles with drug addiction hobbled his career in the 1970s, during which he occasionally recorded for Muse Records and lived in Gary, Indiana. In the 1980s he moved to Philadelphia and made a small comeback, but his health deteriorated over the course of the decade, and he died there in 1988.
 
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Boss Tenors In Orbit!
Verve V6-8468
released 1962
recorded February 1962 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
reissue 2002 Verve 549371-2
Gene Ammons, tenor sax
Sonny Stitt, alto sax, tenor sax
Don Patterson, organ
Paul Weeden, guitar
Billy James, drums
Feelin's
Roost LPS 2247
released 1962
recorded February through April 1962 in New York City/USA
Sonny Stitt, alto sax, tenor sax
Paul Weeden, guitar
Don Patterson, organ
Billy James, drums
Low Flames
Jazzland Records JLP 971
released 1962
recorded April 1962 in New York City/USA
Sonny Stitt, alto sax, tenor sax
Paul Weeden, guitar
Don Patterson, organ
Billy James, drums
The Exciting New Organ Of Don Patterson
Prestige PR 7331
released 1964
recorded May 1964 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Don Patterson, organ
Booker Ervin, tenor sax
Billy James, drums
Shangri-La
Prestige PR 7332
released 1964
recorded March 1964 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Sonny Stitt, tenor sax, vocal
Don Patterson, organ
Billy James, drums
Hip Cake Walk
Prestige PR 7349
released 1964
recorded May 1964 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Don Patterson, organ
Booker Ervin, tenor sax
Leonard Houston, alto sax
Billy James, drums
Soul People
Prestige PR 7372
released 1965
recorded August 1964 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Sonny Stitt, alto sax
Don Patterson, organ
Booker Ervin, tenor sax
Billy James, drums
Patterson's People
Prestige PR 7381
released 1965
recorded July 1964 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Don Patterson, organ
Booker Ervin, tenor sax
Sonny Stitt, alto sax, tenor sax
Billy James, drums
Holiday Soul
Prestige PR 7415
released 1965
recorded November 1964 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Don Patterson, organ
Pat Martino, guitar
Billy James, drums
Introducing Eric Kloss
Prestige PR 7442
released 1965
recorded September 1965 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Eric Kloss, alto sax, tenor sax
Don Patterson, organ
Pat Martino, guitar
Billy James, drums
Satisfaction
Prestige PR 7430
released 1966
recorded July 1965 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Don Patterson, organ
Jerry Byrd, guitar
Billy James, drums
Night Crawler
Prestige PR 7436
released 1966
recorded September 1965 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Sonny Stitt, tenor sax
Don Patterson, organ
Billy James, drums
The Boss Men
Prestige PR 7466
released 1966
recorded December 1965 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Don Patterson, organ
Sonny Stitt, alto sax
Billy James, drums
What's New?
Jazzland Records JAZZ 16
released 1966

Don Patterson, organ
Sonny Stitt, alto sax
Billy James, drums
Deuces Wild
Atlantic SD 3008
released 1967
recorded September 1966 in New York City/USA
Sonny Stitt, alto sax, tenor sax
Robin Kenyatta, soprano sax, alto sax
Rufus Harley, tenor sax, bagpipes
Wilmer Mosby, organ
Billy James, drums
Soul Happening
Prestige PR 7484
released 1967
recorded August 1966 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Don Patterson, organ
Vinnie Corrao, guitar
Billy James, drums
Goin' Down Home
Cadet Records LP-787
released 1967
recorded January 1963 in Chicago, IL/USA
Don Patterson, organ
Paul Weeden, guitar
Billy James, drums
Mellow Soul
Prestige 7510
released 1967
recorded May 1967 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Don Patterson, organ
David "Fathead" Newman, tenor sax, flute
Billy James, drums
Four Dimensions
Prestige PR 7533
released 1968
recorded August 1967 in New York City/USA
Don Patterson, organ
Houston Person, tenor sax
Pat Martino, guitar
Billy James, drums
Boppin' And Burnin'
Prestige PR 7563
released 1968
recorded February 1968 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Don Patterson, organ
Howard McGhee, trumpet
Charles McPherson, alto sax
Pat Martino, guitar
Billy James, drums
Opus De Don
Prestige PR 7577
released 1968
recorded June 1968 in Englewood, NJ/USA
Don Patterson, organ
Junior Cook, tenor sax
Blue Mitchell, trumpet
Pat Martino, guitar
Billy James, drums
Funk You!
Prestige PR 7613
released 1969
recorded September 1968 in New York City/USA
Don Patterson, organ
Sonny Stitt, alto sax, tenor sax
Charles McPherson, alto sax
Pat Martino, guitar
Billy James, drums
Soul Electricity!
Prestige PR 7635
released 1969
recorded September 1968 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Sonny Stitt, tenor sax
Don Patterson, organ
Billy Butler, guitar
Billy James, drums
Oh Happy Day
Prestige PR 7640
released 1969
recorded June 1969 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Don Patterson, organ
George Coleman, tenor sax
Houston Person, tenor sax
Virgil Jones, trumpet
Frankie Jones, drums
The Best Of Don Patterson
Prestige PR 7704
released 1969
compilation
Don Patterson, organ
no further details known
Brothers-4
Prestige PR 7738
released 1969
recorded September 1969 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Don Patterson, organ
Sonny Stitt, tenor sax
Grant Green, guitar
Billy James, drums
Donny Brook
Prestige PR 7816
released 1970
recorded September 1969 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Don Patterson, organ
Sonny Stitt, tenor sax
Grant Green, guitar
Billy James, drums
The Best Of Don Patterson & The Jazz Giants
Prestige PR 7772
released 1970
recorded 1964-1969 in USA
Don Patterson, organ
George Coleman, tenor sax
Junior Cook, tenor sax
Houston Person, tenor sax
Sonny Stitt, tenor sax
David "Fathead" Newman, tenor sax
Charles McPherson, tenor sax
Virgil Jones, trumpet
Howard McGhee, trumpet
Blue Mitchell, trumpet
Pat Martino, guitar
Billy James, drums
Frankie Jones, drums
Tune Up!
Prestige PR 7852
released 1971
recorded June and August 1964, June and September 1969 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Don Patterson, organ
Billy James, drums
Frankie Jones, drums
Grant Green, guitar
Virgil Jones, trumpet
Booker Ervin, tenor sax
George Coleman, tenor sax
Houston Person, tenor sax
Sonny Stitt, alto sax, tenor sax
Made For Each Other
Delmark DS-426 (reissue on CD DD-426)
released 1972
recorded July 1968 in Chicago, IL/USA
Sonny Stitt, alto sax, tenor sax
Don Patterson, organ
Leon Spencer, organ
Melvin Sparks, guitar
Idris Muhammad, drums
Black Vibrations
Prestige PR 10032
released 1972
recorded July 1971 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Sonny Stitt, alto sax, tenor sax
Don Patterson, organ
Leon Spencer, organ
Melvin Sparks, guitar
Idris Muhammad, drums
The Return Of Don Patterson
Muse MR 5005
released 1974
recorded October 1972 in New York City/USA
reissued as The Genius Of The B-3, Muse MCD 5443
Don Patterson, organ
Eddie Daniels, soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax
Ted Dunbar, guitar
Freddie Waits, drums
These Are Soulful Days
Muse MCD 5032
released 1974
recorded September 1973 in USA
Don Patterson, organ
Jimmy Heath, bass
Pat Martino, guitar
Albert Heath, drums
Movin' Up!
Muse MR 5121
released 1977
recorded January 1977 in New York City/USA
Don Patterson, organ, ARP string
Richie Cole, alto sax
Vic Juris, guitar
Billie James, drums
Why Not ...
Muse MR 5148
released 1978
recorded January 1978 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Don Patterson, organ, ARP string
Bootsie Barnes, tenor sax
Eddie McFadden, guitar
Idris Muhammad, drums
Virgil Jones, trumpet
Dem New York Dues
Prestige PRCD-24149-2
released 1995
tracks 1 to 5 originally released as Opus De Don
tracks 6 to 10 originally released as Oh Happy Day
Don Patterson, organ
Junior Cook, tenor sax
George Coleman, tenor sax
Houston Person, tenor sax
Virgil Jones, trumpet
Blue Mitchell, trumpet
Pat Martino, guitar
Billy James, drums
Frankie Jones, drums
Legacy
Muse MCD 5566
recorded May 1986 in Philadelphia, PA/USA
John Simon, tenor sax
Don Patterson, organ
Greg McDonald - drums
Legends Of Acid Jazz
Prestige PRCD-24169
compilation, recorded 1971
Sonny Stitt, alto sax, tenor sax
Virgil Jones, trumpet
Melvin Sparks, guitar
Don Patterson, organ
Leon Spencer, organ
Idris Muhammad, drums
Legends Of Acid Jazz
Prestige 24210
compilation, recorded September 1968
Don Patterson, organ
Sonny Stitt, alto sax, tenor sax
Charles McPherson, alto sax, tenor sax
Billy Butler, guitar
Pat Martino, guitar
Billy James, drums
The Pied Piper Of Jazz
Label M 5710
compilation, recorded 1966 through 1967
Rufus Harley, soprano sax, tenor sax, bagpipes, flute
Sonny Stitt, alto sax
Herbie Mann, flute
Oliver Collins, piano
Don Patterson, organ
Roy Ayers, vibes
James Glenn, bass
Billy Abner, drums
Billy James, drums
Bob Gossett, conga

 
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