The latest news about Patrice Rushen.

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29th of November 2021

Thank you! I want to thank all of you again for all the sweet messages. I haven’t been able to respond to all of them, but I’m very thankful and happy to see how “Forget Me Nots” is connecting people all over the world.

Think I need to learn that dance now too 😊 👏🏾👏🏾
Love, Patrice


11th of November 2021

"Forget Me Nots" is still trending worldwide and USC Thornton School of Music published a piece about it.

Check out the article here.


9th of November 2021

Check out the new sizzle reel of Patrice Rushen and Friends.


4th of November 2021

Patrice will be coming to Europe next year!

Sunday the 5th of June 2022 she'll perform in London at Cross the Tracks.

For more info click on the picture or go here. 


21st of October 2021

Symphony Tacoma will open its 75th Anniversary Season on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 7:30 pm in the Pantages Theater. The concert will feature a selection of works from different eras that offer hope and healing.

The concert will open with composer and musician Patrice Rushen’s vibrant Color Express, the first movement from her first symphony, Sinfonia. “I selected this piece for its thrilling energy, bursts of happiness and symphonic sounds that call for new voices,” said Ioannides. “It reflects Patrice’s desire to bring momentum and energy into African American compositions being performed by orchestras following the Black Lives Matter movement.”

Check out the story behind this music piece here. 


18th of October 2021

"Forget Me Nots" is going viral on the internet. People from all over the world are dancing to the song. How amazing that after all these years a new generation rediscovers the song and comes up with a dance to it.

It's incredible to see that "Forget Me Nots" is still bringing the world so much joy. Keep on posting your clips and never stop dancing to it.


7th of September 2021

Patrice Rushen & Friends performed at the Blue Jay Jazz Festival and the Jazz @ the Creek event.

Check out the gallery for the latest pictures of both shows.

Don't forget to watch this video taken at the Blue Jay Jazz Festival by Sheryl Aronson.


28th of August 2021

Drummer Sonny Emory just released his single called "Baby Fingers" feat. Patrice Rushen.

Go check it out on iTunes and Spotify.

On August 31st there'll be a "dUOS & dUETS" 5-part Encore Series. The first show will feature Patrice Rushen and Billy Childs. Register for free and enjoy the show!


30th of July 2021

Patrice Rushen & Friends will be part of the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival. Hope you can join us September 19th.

For tickets and info click on the image or check out the schedule page.



28th of June 2021

Patrice Rushen & Friends will perform in San Diego during the Jazz at the Creek festival.

Featuring Rayford Griffin, Paul Jackson Jr., Freddie Washington  and Michael Paulo.

For tickets and more info click on the image.

 Also check out the schedule page.



11th of June 2021

Patrice Rushen & Friends are going to perform at the Blue Jay Jazz Festival at Lake Arrowhead on August 27, 2021.

Featuring Rayford Griffin, Paul Jackson Jr., Freddie Washington  and Michael Paulo.

Click on the image for more info.

 Also check out the schedule page.



5th of June 2021

Patrice recently did an interview with Albumism.

The deserving recipient of the Trailblazer Award at the 2021 Salute THEM Awards speaks at length about her storied career, trusted musical collaborators, and much more.
Read the piece on their site right here.


4th of June 2021

Patrice Rushen will be honored during the “Salute Them Awards”.

Salute THEM Awards Honors Musical Vanguards From The New National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM), STREAMING LIVE on June 6, 2021 @ 7pm EST

Fore more info visit:



23rd of May 2021

Patrice will perform with the Jazz Quartet at the Keystone Korner in Baltimore the 22nd - 25th of July 2021. She will be joined on stage by Ernie Watts, Marvin "Smitty" Smith and Reggie Hamilton.

For more info go here and get your tickets here


19th of January 2021

Patrice narrated the third and final episode of the three part mini-series: Get Down, The Influence of James Brown. This episode explores the story behind how the ultimate revenge song was created and the numerous samples and influence it’s had on hip-hop’s musical culture. Where “Funky Drummer” provided one of hip-hop’s most iconic drum breaks, and “Funky President” providing hip-hop’s social conscious, the “The Payback,” well, the Payback provides the swagger!

Check it out here


16th of January 2021

Patrice will take part in the NAMM Believe in Music event.

On Thursday, January 21st at 10 AM PT, an interview will take place called: Patrice Rushen - On Being Prepared.
For more information go to the NAMM website.



9th of January 2021

Patrice is featured on the MusiqNote podcast.
Check it out here and listen as she talks about her career, music education and the future of music.


30th of December 2020

New blog post stories are up!

On my YouTube channel you can watch the Jazz Classics performance.

Check it out here and enjoy!


9th of December 2020

Patrice was part of the Afro Comic Con convention. If you missed her appearance on the panel, you can check it out here below. The topic is Music Scoring for Film

Music Scoring for Film


6th of December 2020

The 2020 Artist Wrapped on Spotify is published. It's a personalized summary that tells how your music is connected with fans around the world.

Thank you all of the support and love in 2020.


2nd of December 2020

December 10th Patrice will take part in the event "Bird Calls". The Jazz Foundation of America continues their fundraising efforts of behalf of musicians affected by the pandemic with this event.

"Bird Calls" is a livestream event celebrating the centennial birthday of alto saxophonist Charlie "Yardbird" Parker on Thursday, December 10th at 8 PM ET.

Join this extraordinary livestream celebration and help support the Jazz Foundation's important work.

Click on the image for more info.


1st of December 2020

Tune in December 14-17 for a musical celebration honoring 25 years of the Central Avenue Jazz Festival.

Patrice will be performing together with Reggie Hamilton (bass), Ernie Watts (sax) and Marvin "Smitty" Smith (drums) December 17th at 8 pm.

You can watch the livestream at

City of Los Angeles residents can watch on LA Cityview Channel 35 (available on all cable service providers).


16th of November 2020

As of now Patrice has her own YouTube channel. Subscribe to her channel by clicking on the image.


15th of November 2020

Did you enjoy the "dUOS & dUETS" concert?
If you missed it you can still catch it by clicking on the image or visit the "videos" page.


12th of November 2020

Join us this Saturday at 7:30 pm EST. Register right here for this special gathering.

Hope you'll enjoy it!


1st of November 2020

From the mind of Carr Center Artistic Director and 2021 NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington comes the launch of the exciting new virtual concert series, “dUOS & dUETS”, pairing up industry giants in ways you have never seen them paired before.

There can be no better way to kick-off this series than a concert with Patrice Rushen and Billy Childs, two jazz piano icons performing together, next weekend Saturday, November 14th at 7:30 pm EST, presented in partnership with JUST JAZZ and Jazz

For more info click on the image.


25th of October 2020

Patrice recently took part in the Music History Project by NAMM.

This week the inspiring career of Musician, Songwriter, and Music Advocate Patrice Rushen is highlighted.

You can listen to the podcast right here.



24th of October 2020

KCET recently did an interview with Patrice about the labor of love behind Watts’ longest running Drum and Jazz Festivals.

You can find the article right here.


21st of October 2020

Get ready for episode 3 of the Saturday Night with Marcus Miller show!

This time the show will feature the stars of the Smooth Jazz Cruise:
Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum, Keiko Matsui and Peter White.

Patrice will be part of the Saturday Night Band with Paul Jackson Jr. Eric Marienthal, Alex Bailey, Mike Rocha & Munyungo Jackson.

For more info visit


20th of October 2020

As of today you can also follow Patrice on her official FaceBook page.





12th of October 2020

Make sure to subscribe to the new podcast SoCal Voices.

This Wednesday Patrice will join host Angela Ross to discuss the way the pandemic has changed her approach to teaching and what she believes is the path forward for today’s music students.

More info on


5th of October 2020

As of today we added a new section to the website; MUSIC.

Here you can enjoy the diverse musicality of Patrice Rushen.
Go check it out and enjoy The Symphonic Works.

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I want to thank all of you again for all the sweet messages. I haven’t been able to respond to all of them, but I’m very thankful and happy to see how “Forget Me Nots” is connecting people all over the world. Think I need to learn that dance now too 😊 👏🏾👏🏾