Wednesday, November 20, 2013

North Carolina Jazz Festival 2014

The North Carolina Jazz Festival is one of my favorite events to be a part of!  I'm very excited to be included in the 2014 lineup along side a long list of Traditional Jazz greats.  You can read a brief Q&A I did for their website here:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Track Featured On Tom McDermott's New Release "Bamboula"

Tom McDermott is a good friend of mine from New Orlean's, LA and I am honored to appear on a track of his new release "Bamboula".  The album was produced by none other than Los Angeles based music legend Van Dyke Parks.  I'm on the disc playing one of Tom's original musettes thrillingly titled "Musette in A Minor".  The folks of New Orleans based Offbeat Magazine even gave me a shout out in the review:

"...Accordionist Patrick Harison takes the lead in a waltzing “Musette in A Minor,” as well as what was the piano solo on Almost Native version in this never-before-released take. "

Clea Simon, Offbeat Magazine

"Bamboula" is available via all major music outlets September 1st, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Dakota Dave Hull's CD Release Concert October 19th

It was a privilege to play on Dakota Dave Hull's new 2 disc release "Under The North Star".  Dave has asked me to play some of my rarely heard solo accordion concert repertoire ahead of his set for the CD release concert on October 19th.  We may even reprise some of the tunes from the Album as a Duo... Also on the bill, traditional jazz piano champion Butch Thompson.  Mark your calendars!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Root's Music Series at Republic Seven Corners every Thursday!

I'm very excited to be playing a new music series starting in October at Republic Seven Corners.  I will be taking part in this series playing with several of my bands including Patty and The Buttons, Jack Klatt and The Cactus Blossoms.  In addition to performing you will be able to catch some other great acts like Corpse Reviver, Dreamland Faces and special programming by Hymie's Vintage Vinyl!  EVERY THURSDAY at 9pm! Tell your friends!

Republic Seven Corners
221 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN ‎

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Patty and The Buttons, The Cactus Blossoms to combine powers and become “THE CACTUS BUTTONS” ONE NIGHT ONLY at The Dakota Jazz Club, September 15

FROM PATTY AND THE BUTTON'S WEBSITE: We’re very excited to be presenting a show at the Dakota with our buddies The Cactus Blossoms! Both bands will do some playing on their own, then come together at the end of the night for a set as “THE CACTUS BUTTONS”. We can’t in good conscience guarantee that this will happen again, so if you want to see it, y’all better come… For those buttons fans who aren’t acquainted, The Cactus Blossoms are an outfit lead by brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey. Known for their tight vocal harmonies, they perform original and traditional material in the style of early Country and Western Swing. Many Western Swing band leaders used to have clarinets and accordions in their bands alongside fiddles and steel guitars. There is also quite an established tradition of New Orleans musicians adding their musicianship and repertoire to what folks like Bob Wills and Milton Brown were doing back in the 1930′s. It seems like a natural to have Patty and The Buttons and The Cactus Blossoms form a hillbilly orchestra the likes of which the upper midwest hasn’t seen for many years!
7-10pm / ALL AGES / FREE
The Dakota Jazz Club
1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 332-1010

Monday, July 22, 2013

Jack Klatt Midwest Summer Tour Dates

I'm always happy to be playing some box and board with my good buddy Jack Klatt.  We're going to be hitting the road in the next couple of weeks and we'd love to see some familiar faces out and about.  Here are the geographical details:

7/22         St. Paul, MN            Turf Club (w/ The Cactus Blossoms)  8-11p $5    
7/25         Trempealeau, WI     Trempealeau Hotel  7pm  FREE
7/26         Madison, WI            Mickey's Tavern  10pm
7/27         Chicago, IL              Honky Tonk BBQ   7pm
8/2 - 8/3   Canton, SD              Sioux River Folk Festival   Multiple Sets

For more information visit:

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Aster Cafe Courtyard Residency

Accordion Fans!  You can find me and accordion at the Aster Cafe courtyard most TUESDAY and THURSDAY nights from 5-8pm.  If I'm not there, another acoustic musician will be there providing some sweet ambience for you.  You should also note that this gig is WEATHER PERMITTING, as it turns out, rain isn't too great for accordions or audience members.  For all the latest updates on weather and guest artists, please follow me on twitter @patrickharison.

Aster Cafe
125 SE Main St
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 379-3138

Cactus Blosoms LIVE album recording show at The Turf Club, July 5, 2013

I've really enjoyed playing with my buddies The Cactus Blossoms.  I'm very excited to be recording with them on July 5th at The Turf Club.  Music fans won't want to miss this show, I know it will be a good one.  The official press release is below:

For over a year and a half The Cactus Blossoms have called the Turf Club’s well-worn stage home for their weekly Monday residency. To commemorate the end of their warm stay they are inviting everyone to join them for a very special LIVE RECORDING SHOW on Friday, July 5th.

Brothers Jack Torrey (vocals/guitar) and Page Burkum (vocals/guitar) will be backed by some of Minneapolis’ finest with Randy Broughten (steel guitar), Josh Granowski (bass), Jed Germond (fiddle), and Patrick Harison (accordion) on the live album to be released on CD and vinyl later this summer. 

The Cactus Blossoms’ harmonies will still be heard floating down University Ave every Monday from 8-11pm through July 22nd when the residency will officially end, and the band takes to the road with their distinctive sound hitting festivals on the west coast and down south. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Patty and The Buttons at The Minnesota State Fair August 30-31 2013

We're thrilled to be returning to the Minnesota State Fair for two days of down home fun!  We'll race you to the pronto pup stand on set break... Last year, we even had 42 trombones sit in with us for a tune!  We hope you'll makes us a part of your day at the great Minnesota get-together!

Ramberg Center
(R29 on the State Fair map)

Fri., Aug. 30
3:15, 4:30, 5:45 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 31
10:30, 11:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m.

Special Patty and The Buttons performance at The Dakota Jazz Club featuring New Orleans piano master Tom McDermott Thursday, August 22nd

Pianist Tom McDermott
Tom McDermott is a good friend of mine from my time living and playing in New Orleans.  He is a virtuoso jazz pianist versed in the styles of Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair, James P. Johnson and many others.  In addition, he is a talented composer in a wide variety of Idioms. Tom is also a regular guest on HBO’s series “Treme”  We are THRILLED to be presenting a show at the Dakota with him on Thursday, August 22nd.  Tom will be doing some solo playing as well as joining the band for a set of Traditional Jazz.  Showtime is 7pm, You DON’T want to miss it!

Here are some nice things noted publications have had to say about him:

“Mr. McDermott is not simply a follower of tradition or a repository of old tunes. He composes within his wide-ranging idiom with a knowledgeable feeling for his sources and a sense of humor.” -John S. Wilson, New York Times

“To single out one New Orleans jazz musician for being talented and likeable is absurd. But, not long after moving here, Margaret and I were at a night club with friends when Tom McDermott, a thin, sandy-haired man, shuffled up to our table…A few minutes later, McDermott took the stage, sat down at the piano, and set it on fire. He can do anything. We’ve heard him play ragtime, ‘trad jazz,’ swing, choros from Brazil, musettes from France, and any number of other genres. He doesn’t just play tunes, either. He writes his own. How many other American musicians are writing musettes, for heaven’s sake?…We have all of Tom’s CDs, so when we’re shuffling our iPod through our stereo, it seems that every third song is being played by Tom McDermott. That’s fine with us.” -Dan Baum, New, May 23

Dakota Jazz Club
1010 Nicollet Mall  Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 332-1010

Monday, March 25, 2013

Duo with Tim O'Keefe at Icehouse Minneapolis March 29-30

Tim O'Keefe and I will be making a return engagement at Icehouse Minneapolis.  The Icehouse is one of the cities finest listening rooms.  Tim is a talented percussion who plays a wide variety of percussion ranging from Pandeiro to Dumbek.  Our repertoire includes Brazilian Choros, Bulgarian Dances and many other wordly delights. 

2528 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 276-6523

Friday and Saturday, March 29th & 30th

Patty and The Buttons debut at Dakota Jazz Club April 10th

Patty and The Buttons will be making our debut at the Dakota Jazz Club on April 10th, 2013!! If you’re a fan of the band, please come support us at Minnesota’s premiere jazz club. We will be playing on “Foodie night” where there is NO COVER, $10 bottles of wine and a $30 dollar tasting menu. If that’s not enough to entice you, we will also have our good friend Mr. Rick Carlson joining us on piano! There isn’t an official dance floor, but, if your feet were to start moving in a rhythmic fashion while in an upright position, I don’t think anyone would tell you to stop. 

1010 Nicollet Mall  
Minneapolis, MN

7-10:30pm, NO COVER, ALL AGES

Monday, March 4, 2013

Upcoming Appearance with Doc Severinsen and The Knoxville Symphony

I couldn't be more thrilled about an upcoming performance with famed Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen (trumpet) and the Knoxville Symphony for a pops concert on April 13th, 2013! Full details are still in the works, stay tuned...

Patty and The Buttons Have A New Website!

By popular request, Patty and The Buttons now have a website that you can visit at Patty and The Buttons news and other information is now available there.  That being said, if you'd like to keep up with what I do in the rest of the musical universe, this website is still the place.  Thanks for your continued support, you put the "us" in music. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Patty and The Buttons Featured On Hey Mister Jesse Podcast

Patty and The Buttons 2012 debut disc "Once Over Lightly..." was featured on the "Hey Mister Jesse" podcast. "Hey Mister Jesse" programs primarily swing style music by contemporary traditional jazz devotees.  Many other great 2012 releases were featured in this year end wrap up show, check it out here: