Jeffery Jean-Eberle Pattishall (J.J.): a guitarist, instructor, vocalist, and songwriter–musician in every sense of the word. His cultured and urbane taste along with refined talent revisited Tiedtke Hall last Thursday, October 17th for his very own Alumni concert. Pattishall, joined by the excessively talented Marco Bojorquez III on upright bass and vastly gifted percussionist Jeremy Katalenic on drums, showcased a unique, diverse set of tunes that were distinct and refreshing as compared to the conventional expectation of concert hall guitar music. It really was of no surprise when looking at the merit of each of the musicians.
Pattishall currently holds a B.A. in Music from Rollins College Department of Music (2005) and still performs avidly within the Central Florida area, both as a solo artist and affiliate in a number of the area’s top venues. Pattishall teaches as an adjunct for the Rollins Music Department and is also a bilingual instructor who “has conducted a community outreach guitar camp in the Dominican Republic for Spanish Speakers.” Bojorquez III is a composer as well as an electric and upright bassist. His style range is untouched, pasturing within the fields of Jazz, Latin, Flamenco, Rock, and Funk. Katalenic, a percussionist and drummer, is also proficient in numerous genres and has performed in over fourteen groups, including The Bach Festival Orchestra, Space Coast Pops Orchestra, and Michael Andrew’s Atomic Big Band. Also a Rollins Alum, Katalenic has received incessant Outstanding Musician Citations awards including the 2010 Yamaha/Percussive Arts Society Jazz Vibraphone Scholarship.
The music of Duke Ellington opened up the night with “Fleurette Africaine” (African Flower), a beautiful and smooth piece with textures that eased over the room. Joe Henderson’s “The Kicker” took on a different vibe as it was more escalated and “The Meters’” took the audience by storm and demanded applause. The crowd was a small one, but with Django Reinhardt’s “Nuages,” South American melodies and rhythmic pentameter glowingly showcased an obvious passion of Pattishall’s international appreciation. It was music to dance to as people shuffled in their seats to the song. Pattishall also sang, unveiling the luster that is voice. His voice rang beautifully throughout the hall and each song transcended in its own way, emblazoning within the resonance of the guitar and bass. The concert was a great display of what talent Rollins College has within its own confines. Another round of applause for all involved.