Pat Wroge
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Pat Wroge

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Band Jazz R&B


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"Halfway: Not Half Bad"

I generally and genuinely dislike smooth jazz. I did not come to this conclusion about much of the genre on my own. I have had plenty of help from the proliferation and the resulting irritation of smooth jazz stations across the country that fill the airwaves with some selections that are two steps above Muzak and, worse, New Age.

I also have had help from a number of saxophonists who insist on re-recording the latest and, often mid-chart, R&B singles. Wroge, however, thankfully has produced an EP that restores hope for originality from saxophonists of the genre.

Halfway's first cut "Livin' In The City" immediately and expertly reveals both its strong funk undercurrent, which manages not to drown out the jazz, and its high potential for airplay. "Day Dream", the EP's second up tempo cut may not have as much radio appeal as "Livin'," but its originality still impresses. "Tune For Terry", a tribute to Terry Lester, not only relies on Wroge's mournful sax, but a compelling bass line that uplifts a melody that demands reflection. The cool melody of "Halfway To The Berkshires" also brings in the bass and conjures images of the cool, autumn beauty of this Northeast mountain chain. ...Wroge deserves credit for not mining the Billboard R&B and Pop charts for current or recent songs that we can hear on other radio stations.

He also deserves a second look from major jazz labels as a promising newcomer who has the talent to produce original and highly likable music, even for a jazz snob. Let's hope that when these labels come calling, they don't make Wroge re-record Ruben Studdard's "Superstar/Flying Without Wings." - Kelly Spencer/ Playback St. Louis


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Pat Wroge is one of the most exciting new saxophonists to hit the scene. After graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music Pat formed a band, The Urban Groove Experience, comprised of musicians he met while at Berklee. The focus of the band is to write high quality music and give high quality performances. Ever since the conception of the band in 2002, Pat has performed all over the east coast. Most notably has been the string of performances Pat has had at the hip Boston jazz club, Ryles Jazz Club.

While attending the Berklee College of Music Pat studied with some of the finest musicians in the world. Pat was very fortunate to have been able to study with the smooth jazz chart topping artist Walter Beasley. "Walter really taught me the art of shaping an improvised solo". Pat also studied with the former Maceo Parker drummer Kenwood Dennard. With the extreme wealth of knowledge all of his teachers gave to him, Pat developed his writing and performing skills.

Pat Wroge & The Urban Groove Experience is currently working on a new full length album featuring former Maceo Parker drummer Kenwood Dennard. The new album will feature Pat's original groove compositions. Being reviewed as "an artist worth a second look from major record labels", Pat will surely be a major player in the world of jazz.