Born: 30 September 1954 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Her mentor is Reggie Andrews, who was her musical teacher at Locke High School. Andrews introduced Patrice on "Msingi Workshop" in 1972, a Locke High recorded LP which featured Patrice on piano during her senior year. Reggie Andrews is also mentor to The Pharcyde, and R&B Singer Tyrese, who refers to Reggie as the father he never had. It was Reggie, who also is a pianist, that helped nurture Patrice into the superstar she would soon become.
Patrice Rushen dated Prince for a period of time. She is very close friends with The Waters, Quincy Jones, Stanley Clarke, and Ndugu.
She has been famously sampled by A Tribe Called Quest, The Nonce, J Dilla, Mobb Deep, The Beatnuts, Hieroglyphics, Anotha Level, and many others. Patrice is also a member of The Meeting.
Patrice Rushen is a Grammy Award-winning American R&B, Disco and Jazz vocalist, composer, classically trained pianist, keyboards player, producer, music director, and educator. Aside from the piano, Rushen can also play numerous other instruments including the flute and the clarinet, as well as various kinds of percussion.
Winning a competition at the 1972 Monterey Jazz Festival gained Rushen national attention, which earned her a recording contract with Prestige Records in 1973. After recording three albums and becoming an in-demand session player, with artists that included Jean-Luc Ponty, Rushen signed with Elektra Records in 1978.
Her signature sound can be described as a sophisticated composition of R&B, jazz, and funk styles.
Patrice Rushen Discography
- 2 Remix
- 38 Vocals
- 181 Instruments & Performance
- 232 Writing & Arrangement
- 6 Featuring & Presenting
- 3 Conducting & Leading
- 58 Production
- 2 Technical