Pat Carey - Saxophone Teacher
Pat Carey - Saxophone Teacher

“Don’t play the saxophone. Let it play you.”

– Charlie Parker

About Pat Carey

Programs Taught:  Saxophone Lessons
Levels Taught: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Styles: Jazz
Teaching since: 2003
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From The Pas, Manitoba, Saxophonist Pat Carey was formally educated at the University Of Manitoba School Of Music. During those formative years, Pat performed numerous concerts with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra sharing the stage with jazz greats Lionel Hampton, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennet and Mel Torme. Pat was a member of Jimmy King and The Golden Boy Brass, Ron Paley, Rocki Rolletti, led his own jazz groups and was a busy studio musician for TV and radio.

Pat moved to Toronto in 1984 and joined the Downchild Blues Band in 1985, and continues to be a member. Pat has co-produced three Downchild CDs, the 3rd, “Come On In”, being Juno nominated in 2004. Pat’s horn arrangements are an integral part of many Canadian recordings by such artist as Jack DeKeyzer, Chuck Jackson and the All-Stars, Big Daddy G and Sunny Fournier. In addition to his many recordings with Downchild, Pat has recorded with Rita Chiarelli (1995 & 2005 Juno Award nominated CDs), Sam Myers (2005 WC Handy Award nominated CD),

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne (2006 Juno Award Winning CD) and legendary rhythm and blues vocalist and tenor saxophonist Jimmy Cavallo (WC Handy Award nominee & double Sammy Award Winner 2007). Pat is a six time Maple Blues Horn Player of the Year Award Winner in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2007. Pat’s own band Pat Carey’s Jazz Navigators recorded its first CD “Starlight” in 2002, followed by “South By Southeast” released in Feb. 2007.

Pat’s busy schedule has him performing regularly with his own Jazz Navigators, the Downchild Blues Band, Sophia Perlman & The Vipers, Bradley & The Bouncers, Big Rude Jake, The Nomads and Chuck Jackson & The All Stars.

Pat’s latest CD, to be released Summer 2008, was inspired by the great B-3 organ groups led by “Brother” Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff and Richard “Groove” Holmes. Recorded in New York City, it features Jake Langley- guitar (Joey DeFrancesco Trio), Kyle Koehler, Hammond B-3 organ, (James Hunter Band) and 2007 Maple Blues Award Keyboard Player of the Year, Michael Fonfara.


Designations: Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Performance
School/ College/ University: University Of Manitoba School Of Music
Certifications: None
Awards: "Come On In", being Juno nominated in 2004
Pat is a six time Maple Blues Horn Player of the Year Award Winner in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2007
Languages Spoken: English



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