““…as if the Meters had gone to Memphis at their most potent point and gotten some of that Hi Records shine. Swelling jazz organ, fat beats, and lots of soul.”” - – Robert Fontenot
— Offbeat Magazine
Moses Patrou is a prolific song-writer/multi-instrumentalist active on the New York scene. His experience spans 20+ years composing and performing his music, everything from small New York City dive bars to large international festivals.
The vocalist/organist has re-invented himself many times over, playing professionally on drums, percussion, and keyboards. The soulful singer/song-writer was born into a musical family in Nashville, TN and later raised in Madison, WI. He watched and learned from 'Funky Drummer" Clyde Stubblefield, toured and recorded with Jazz legend Ben Sidran and other notable local musicians.
Patrou's music is well informed by New Orleans, LA where he spent much time in the city's culturally rich Brass Band community in the mid 90's. As a percussionist, he also made his pilgrimage to music epicenters Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, and Havana, Cuba before arriving to New York City in 2001.
As a vocalist he has done several TV commercial spots, including the 2007 Super Bowl Coca Cola ad spot entitled "Video Game".
Moses Patrou has played on stages with Levon Helm (The Band), Boz Skaggs, and Gregg Allman, recorded with HI-Rhythm Section in Memphis, and Fame Rhythm Section in Muscle Shoals, AL. and has appeared at Monterey Jazz Fest (CA), Womad Jazz Fest (Canary Islands), Montreal Jazz Fest, Ascona Jazz Fest (Switzerland), and countless others on nearly every continent.
Patrou leads his groups from the Hammond B3 organ, navigating effortlessly through Blues, R&B, Soul, Rock, and Country genres. His organ trio features his sultry vocal over organ/bass, guitar, and drums, sometimes adding tenor sax and bass guitar to create the big band experience (Brooklyn Dive Bombers).
Whether on big festival stages or cozy Jazz clubs, Moses Patrou brings a fresh take on an old school sound and delivers a quality of music that is becoming harder and harder to find in 2022.