Roots Azul: Sound, Culture, & Community in Tampa Bay

Featuring J.J. Pattishall


The [email protected] welcomes J.J. Pattishall for a special evening of entertainment and education! This unique project tells the story of the diverse musical and cultural influences that have shaped the sound of the Tampa Bay region. Part concert, part masterclass, part oral history, this narrated sonic journey through Tampa Bay will feature a live ensemble performing six original compositions and a short workshop discussing the musical styles featured in the concert ranging from jazz to funk, Afro-Cuban to soul, reggae to roots rock.

“My hope is that by shining a light on the multicultural nature of the music and people of this special region, audience members will leave with an understanding of the deep connection between these styles and cultures to one another and to the global community at large,” – J.J. Pattishall.


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About J.J. Pattishall

J.J. Pattishall is the next generation in a lineage of talented musicians, educators, and community leaders firmly rooted in cultural tradition and creative innovation. Born into a musical family, J.J.’s love for music was cultivated from an early age. Growing up surrounded by some of the finest musicians and entertainers in the southeast, he was brought up on the music of artists ranging from Louis Armstrong to Ray Charles; Billie Holiday to George Benson; Arsenio Rodriguez to The Clash; Prince to Esperanza Spalding.

Today, as a sought after guitarist and composer, steeped in jazz and roots traditions, J.J. is quickly making a name for himself as a performer, educator, and producer. His global perspective and accessible approach to his work gives him the unique ability to connect with audiences from all walks of life. With a deep reverence for ancestral sounds & traditions and an eye always on the horizon, J.J. is a dynamic artist on the rise.


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