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Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930’s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.
Patty and The Buttons formed in the fall of 2008 when accordionist/vocalist Patrick “Patty” Harison returned to his midwestern home of Minneapolis. For the past 3 years, Patty had been traveling extensively with Loose Marbles and Panorama Jazz Band out of New Orleans, LA. With Panorama Jazz Band he appeared at many notable festivals including The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, Veracruz International Jazz Festival and others. The Loose Marbles have been all over the world and back playing street corners, theaters, festivals, plantations, parks, squats, caravans, riverboats, ferries and various other locales. In NYC, he founded the Baby Soda Jazz Band which features some off the finest young “hot” jazz players in the world. Patrick is also presently active as an orchestral soloist appearing with symphony orchestras around the country.
In the Press
“So, to Muppet-ify Patty we’d describe him as divided somewhere between Gonzo the Great and Sam the Eagle. His dual role as traditionalist and irreverent outlaw reared hilarious results.” Dave Hoencak – Hymie’s Vintage Records
“The minute Patty & The Buttons takes the stage, your woes won’t be able to stick around, as the band’s love for “hot rhythm and happy feet” is most definitely contagious. The combo of the clarinet, accordion, guitar, and bass is a surprisingly light and playful one, although Patty can be melancholy if he wants to be. Regardless, good tunes bring good moods” Secrets of The City