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Patrice Rushen

Along with contemporaries George Duke and George Benson, Patrice Rushen made a major transition from cutting respected acoustic jazz material to hitting the upper reaches of the club and R&B charts. A dynamite keyboardist with a limited but sweet voice, Rushen debuted at the age of 20 on the Prestige label, working with maverick saxophonist Joe Henderson. Within a matter of a few years, legendary club DJ Larry Levan was spinning her carefree but sophisticated post-disco singles released on Elektra. Rushen continued releasing R&B albums into the '90s while never completely departing the jazz world; she also became a barrier-breaking musical director.

Born September 30, 1954, in Los Angeles, CA, Rushen's parents enrolled her in music classes at USC when she was three. In her teens, she won a solo competition at the 1972 Monterey Jazz Festival. The attention garnered from this earned her a contract with the Prestige label. After recording Prelusion (1974), Before the Dawn (1975), and Shout It Out (1976), and establishing herself as an in-demand session player on albums such as Donald Byrd's Caricatures and Eddie Henderson's Heritage, for which she contributed "Kudu," Rushen signed with Elektra. Forging an engaging jazz/R&B/funk fusion, she found a new audience through Patrice (1977), Pizzazz (1979), Posh (1980), Straight from the Heart (1982), and Now (1984). Most of these sets impacted both the jazz and R&B charts, and several singles off them were heard on dancefloors and across airwaves. 1980's "Haven't You Heard" and 1982's "Forget Me Nots" were the most successful of the lot; both of them went Top Ten on the R&B and club charts. The latter was sampled heavily for Will Smith's 1997 hit "Men in Black," while the former became the basis of Kirk Franklin's 2005 gospel crossover smash "Looking for You."

From the mid-'80s onward, Rushen's solo recordings were relatively sporadic, including sets for Arista, Sindrome, and Discovery; some of these were her most jazz-oriented releases since the mid-'70s. During the early '90s, she established herself as a musical director, guiding Janet Jackson's janet. world tour. More significantly, in 2004, she became the first woman to serve as musical director for the Grammy Awards. Throughout the decade, she continued to record, lending her skills to releases by Lee Ritenour, Stanley Clarke, George Benson, Babatunde Lea, and Jill Scott, not to mention the Hidden Beach label's Unwrapped series of hip-hop reinterpretations. ~ Ed Hogan & Andy Kellman, Rovi
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Shout out to those that hung at Grand and bushwick Bklyn NYC Eastern District high...
That's the s**t!! , those High school Dances bring back memories!!'
That's use to be in Club
Mad beads musta of been heavy lol love her tho
My favorite singer
I LUV her... Back Hawk
the voice of an angel
Forget her not ever. She's smooth and cool.
Me n Babygirl Patrice go way way way back she outstanding in those keys.Great songstress n keyboardist n cute too :-)!
Good love
One of the GREATEST, Luv it.
sareialmiche l l e
Love this girl
Takes me back when music had real meaning (yea) I luv it
She's OK she's no Janet Jackson
Family Reunion Music.
Just experienced Ms. Rushen this summer in Hampton Va. @ the American Theater. Perfect venue, up close and personal. After the show she came out an gave autographs. We are the same age!...still beautiful
ONE OF MY MNY FAVORITE 80'S JAMS
Highstepr.dr @ g m a i l . c o m , if you remember garage party's day Tooley, Salola,Neigh b o r h o o d , Elizabeth,Mi r a Mesa House of Ice,Backdoor SDSU,Linda Vista. U Tell ME.....") oh before I forget. Big ups if if this goes out right ,listen how Highstepr.dr on power- Mic. Shoots the skip dropping the hammer,winem a k e r , s p a c e angle,holla at my boy Mike for me Mike Jolla at sis Shorty!!!") Highstepr.dr ,
Patrice she is a musical genius. Havent u heard :-)
listasrm75
I have this album on vinyl......l i s t e n to it often!!! Love it!!
I grew up off of this timeless music here on Detroit westside Joy Rd! My Mother stayed playing you and Anita Baker. Thank you Patrice Rushen. Classic!!!! Too much of your good work to name. Detroit (Motown) LOVE You! PEACE AND LOVE!
Love her music
Megahits
She's awesome and was not only prince's girlfriend at one time but a major influence on his first two albums
She is awesome!
tvln555
One of my favorite yes yes yes. ...
norafigs
Great singer! Love ol school.
Mega talented musician. Serves as a musical director, vocalist and plays several instruments. Humble, gracious and unpretentiou s . Love her.
The last musical part just takes you there....... . . . . . . .
Damn i cant believe all you so called fans of patrice failed to mention the session jam that became the instrumental "number one" from the straight from the heart lp
A sweet voice & good looking. What a talented woman.
Damn I never heard of this girl before until I was listening to Larry Lovesten &the Velvet Revival and I noticed her name is on the similar artist list
Talented beyond words!
mgreen449
One of my favorite 80's songs! Great memories!
Forget not she was musical director for Robert Townsend's comedy blockbuster special back in the day. Hilarious with her orchestratio n .
That bass is killing em.
mutchersonca r o l y n
Maybe I missed it but this bio didn't talk about the many instruments the sista can and does play
So Try!
Wow!
A Nice Git Right Jam If You Can Dance This Is A Nice Song To Git Down To Or Hey Exercising With Your Dumb Bells.
The good ole days!
dagobiker
Had a club in 80's and this was big...so are the memories!
kirb121822
Another Libra lady that exudes grace and immense talent. My wife R.I.P. will always be with me with old school hits like this. Love Grace And Soul.
d.kon
Old skoo best real music with not a bunch gibberish music with meaningl
Love this.. Takes me back!!
Absolutely adore this song, her clear voice…wow….
james.willia m s 4 0
JWilliams Philly
Forget Me Nots a timeless classic for any Oldhead that appreciates good music. Love her music
lovinlifetod a y o k
The lady is BAD!! I remember being a young man seeing that cute face on that album and enjoying all the old school I'm soooooo happy I was a 70's baby ;)...The music industry will NEVER be that wonderful and true again!
Straight up old school!!!
love this woman!!!
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