Honesty, versatility, innovation, persistence, and quality are all words that come to mind when I approach my craft and my life. I find it unnecessary to separate my life from my career. Whether it’s the New Orleans Street Beat in my head as I walk down the street on a sunny day or the sweet serenade of a choir as I lay in my bed somewhere inbetween being awake and asleep. The more interesting/diverse my life experiences are, the more universally relatable my music will be. Life and perspectives are always changing, which is why I enjoy expression through improvisation. Music is a language… though no note or phrase has a tangible definition, they all imply something. When I improvise, I get to choose my story, a story that is one of a kind, and fleeting, much like our daily encounters. That story is different for everyone, and we have to look inwardly to decide for ourselves what it is going to mean.
After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2014 Rebecca Patterson moved to New York City and has become an active member of the the cities rich musical community. She can be heard subbing on the Lion King and Wicked on Broadway or someone around the city with her dynamic big band with co-leader Ron Wilkins that features some of her original compositions and arrangements comprised of some of NYC's finest musicians. Since her move to New York she has had the opportunity to perform with a diverse range of ensembles on Tenor and Bass Trombones and Tuba including performances with: The Count Basie Orchestra, Christian McBride's Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, The Mingus Band, John Colianni Jazz Orchestra, Birdland Latin Jazz Orchestra, Steven Oquendo’s Latin Jazz Orchestra, Arturo O'Farrill's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Livio Almeida's Brazilian Dectet, Chris Potter, Kansas, Marcos Valle, The Ed Palermo Big Band, Metro Chamber Orchestra, Billy Vera Jazz Orchestra, Mariachi Vargas, and San Antonio Wind Symphony.
She recently stepped in the video game music realm as apart of the music in the hit game Red Dead Redemption 2, and as a member of Charlie Rosen's 8-bit Big Band.
Rebecca also teaches at Jazz House Kids (Artistic Director Christian McBride) in Montclair, NJ, maintains a private lesson studio, and makes guest artist appearances with schools and programs around the country. She is an artist for Shires trombones and Giddings mouthpieces.