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Jazz Beliefs that Need to Die – Patrick Bartley

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In this fascinating conversation, I talk with Grammy nominated saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Patrick Bartley, to delve into the world of music and the evolving role of artists in today’s landscape. We touch upon various aspects of Patrick’s musical journey, his insights on creativity, and the contemporary challenges faced by artists. Be sure to check out Patrick’s YouTube Channel for lots of great saxophone related content.

Finding Passion in Music

Patrick Bartley opens the conversation by sharing his early experiences with music. Growing up in a musically inclined family, Patrick was exposed to jazz and various genres from a young age. His passion for music ignited during his high school years when he discovered the saxophone. This pivotal moment marked the beginning of his musical journey.

Embracing Versatility

One of the standout features of Patrick Bartley’s career is his versatility as a musician. He has collaborated with artists from diverse backgrounds, embracing an array of musical styles, including jazz, hip-hop, and classical music. Patrick emphasizes the importance of versatility in the modern music industry, where artists are expected to adapt and explore various genres to reach wider audiences.

Navigating the Digital Age

The conversation delves into the impact of the digital age on the music industry. Patrick discusses the role of social media and online platforms in shaping artists’ careers. He acknowledges that the internet has democratized music distribution, allowing artists to reach global audiences without traditional gatekeepers.

However, he also highlights the challenge of standing out in a crowded digital landscape. With countless artists vying for attention on social media, Patrick emphasizes the need for authenticity and unique artistic expression to connect with audiences effectively.

Artistry and Authenticity

Patrick Bartley emphasizes the importance of staying true to one’s artistic vision and voice. He believes that authenticity is a key element in creating meaningful music. While it’s essential to adapt and experiment, artists should never compromise their core identity and beliefs.

Collaborations and Growth

The conversation explores Patrick’s collaborations with renowned artists such as Jon Batiste and Pharrell Williams. He shares how these experiences have shaped his musical growth and provided valuable insights into the industry. Collaborating with established artists has allowed Patrick to gain exposure and learn from some of the best in the business.

Advice for Emerging Artists

Towards the end of the interview, Patrick offers advice to emerging artists seeking to make their mark in the music world. He encourages them to be persistent and dedicated to their craft. Building a sustainable career in music takes time and effort, and he emphasizes the importance of continuous learning and growth.


This conversation provides a compelling look into the world of music and the challenges and opportunities faced by artists in today’s digital age. Patrick’s journey from a young music enthusiast to a versatile and accomplished saxophonist serves as an inspiration for aspiring musicians. His insights on authenticity, versatility, and perseverance offer valuable lessons for artists striving to make their mark in the ever-evolving music industry.

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Clint Tucker says:

Hi Jay! Great, Motivational content! I am a returning Tenor Sax player, and I appreciate your efforts to scour the sax community to find multiple perspectives. The interviews are rich with info, not to mention very entertaining. I’d love for you to interview Don Braden? I am from Georgia and planning to visit Boston for the first time in November – I saw he was playing there and really love his style.

Jay Metcalf says:

Don Braden interview is coming soon!



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