The Jazz Session #362: Patrick Cornelius

Saxophonist Patrick Cornelius’s latest CD is Maybe Steps (Posi-Tone, 2011). In this interview, Cornelius talks about the new record as a continuation of his previous full-band writing, after a break for his trio record; why it’s important to him to tell stories during his live performances; his time in the artist diploma program at Juilliard; and the economics of jazz records. Learn more at and follow him on Twitter at @PCorneliusMusic.

Author: Jason Crane

2 thoughts on “The Jazz Session #362: Patrick Cornelius

  1. Great interview!

    I love the way these tunes showcase PC’s relaxed, lyrical phrasing even over quirky rhythms and angular intervals. And I admire his ability to write such inventive, creative music yet still maintain a listenable “pop” sensibility.

    I haven’t had a chance to catch him in concert, so it was cool to learn a little about his on-stage persona and behind-the-scenes creative process.

    Next time, you two should definitely take the full prog rock detour. ;-) I’m curious how that would have played out…

    The Mark Free “manifesto” — that sounds interesting. I’d like to read it. Can you point me in the right direction?

    Thanks again for the excellent music and discussion.


  2. Hi Dimitri (not sure if you remember me from TMI Aspen in 99 when I was a wee lad),

    The Genesis detour would have sounded something like:

    “Though Peter Gabriel is my favorite prog frontman, this era of Genesis is not without some flaws. Many of the boots from live performances show that the bands timekeeping fundamentals weren’t as strong live as in the studio in those days (compared to later, post Wind and Wuthering.) Additionally, PG’s flute playing, while not necessarily derivative of Ian Anderson’s, is nevertheless rather gimmicky, in my opinion, and not nearly up to the level of virtuosity in the rest of the band members’ musicianship…etc blah blah blah….”

    Here’s the link to Peter Hum’s column guest featuring Mr. Free:

    You coming to NYC any time soon?

    Thanks for listening,

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