This Should be Fun (2019 Posi-Tone Records)

This Should be Fun (2019 Posi-Tone Records)

Patrick Cornelius's new album for Posi-Tone Records celebrates the wonder and levity to be found in life and music, once one looks beyond the banal and mundane. Supported by a talented cast of sidepersons, this album presents 10 crystalline original compositions in Cornelius's unmistakeable style: lyrical, swinging, and surprising.

Patrick Cornelius (alto saxophone), John Escreet (piano), Ben Allison (bass), Mark Ferber (drums), Nick Vayenas (trombone)

Available April 12th, 2019
While We're Still Young (2016, Whirlwind)

While We're Still Young (2016, Whirlwind)

While We're Still Young features original music for jazz octet inspired by the timeless poetry of A.A. Milne. Originally commissioned by Chamber Music America and featured on NPR's "JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater," While We're Still Young features an all-star ensemble:

Patrick Cornelius (Alto Saxophone), Gerald Clayton (piano), Kendrick Scott (drums), John Ellis (Tenor Saxophone), Miles Okazaki (Guitar), Peter Slavov (Bass), Jason Palmer (Trumpet), and Nick Vayenas (Trombone).
Infinite Blue (2013 Whirlwind Recordings)

Infinite Blue (2013 Whirlwind Recordings)

Infinite Blue is the second album for Whirlwind Recordings by the award-winning New York-based Saxophonist and Composer Patrick Cornelius, and represents the refinement of melodic concepts that he has been exploring for years (and over the course of 3 previous solo albums). The idea of telling a story through the contour of melody and the color of orchestration continues to fascinate the young bandleader. Every song written for this new release tells a discrete story, either from the composer’s personal experience or some corner of his imagination. To bring such specifically programmatic music to life, he enlisted an A-List of musicians with a keen ability to accompany and improvise with an ear towards musical narrative.

Patrick Cornelius (alto saxophone), Frank Kimbrough (piano), Michael Janisch (bass), Jeff Ballard (drums), Michael Rodriguez (trumpet), Nick Vayenas (trombone)
Maybe Steps (2011 Posi-Tone Records)

Maybe Steps (2011 Posi-Tone Records)

With the talent to convey thought-provoking stories through his music, Patrick Cornelius pens a fresh chapter of personal and emotive composition in Maybe Steps, his third release as a leader. The recording follows the alto saxophonist's well-received debut, Lucid Dream (Self Produced, 2006) and the more groove-oriented Fierce (Whirlwind Recordings Ltd., 2010), both filled with robust writing, tight musicianship, and distinction. The mode here is modern mainstream, but what gives the recording its verve is Cornelius' intricate use of straightforward melodies, evocative themes, and gripping contributions from his band mates. His attributes are coupled with a piercing tone, sharp technique, and a leader's acumen—that ability to assemble and extract the best from new heavies such as pianist Gerald Clayton and drummer Kendrick Scott.

Patrick Cornelius (alto saxophone), Gerald Clayton (piano), Peter Slavov (bass), Kendrick Scott (drums), Miles Okazaki (guitar)
Fierce (2010, Whirlwind Recordings)

Fierce (2010, Whirlwind Recordings)

Over the past several years, alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius has emerged as one of the strongest new voices on the New York Jazz scene. His debut WWR release, Fierce, will no doubt go down as an important addition to the saxophone trio format and features a bumper crop of exciting young talents.

Patrick Cornelius (alto saxophone), Johnathan Blake (drums), Michael Janisch (bass), Nick Vayenas (trombone), and Mark Small (tenor saxophone).
Traveling Song (2008 Woodville Records)

Traveling Song (2008 Woodville Records)

The TransAtlantic Collective was a contemporary jazz ensemble that operated on the international scene from the years 2005-2009, undertaking substantial tours in the USA, UK, and Mainland & Eastern Europe. Its members and collaborators represented some of the top emerging artists from New York City, London, and Europe. The Collective was started in 2005 by Patrick Cornelius and London-based American Michael Janisch. Both alumni of Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music, Patrick and Michael founded the Collective as a way to bring musicians from Europe and New York together.

Patrick Cornelius (alto saxophone), Kristjan Randalu (piano), Michael Janisch (bass), Paul Wiltgen (drums), Quentin Collins (trumpet).
Lucid Dream (2006 Peppa Cone Music)

Lucid Dream (2006 Peppa Cone Music)

Contemporary mainstream jazz involves many factors, including composition, instrumentation, and environment; but the musician's ability to combine all these variables into their own concept is what makes the biggest impact on the listener. New York saxophonist Patrick Cornelius brings together all of these elements on his acoustic debut, Lucid Dream, yielding progressive, melodic and aesthetically pleasing music.

Patrick Cornelius (alto saxophone), Aaron Parks (piano), Sean Conly (bass), Kendrick Scott (drums), Nick Vayenas (trombone), Gretchen Parlato (voice)
Nick Vayenas / Patrick Cornelius Quintet (2000)

Nick Vayenas / Patrick Cornelius Quintet (2000)

Patrick and Nick's first album, recorded in Boston in 2000. Featuring Patrick Cornelius (alto saxophone), Nick Vayenas (trombone), Dan Kaufman (piano), Peter Slavov (bass), Kendrick Scott (drums), and Charles Haynes (drums).