Pat was invited to sit for the One LP project —”A study of the artist portrayed with a favourite recording. Each portrait is accompanied by a short interview that explores the album’s meaning and value for the subject.” The Photographer is William Ellis.
Pat Senatore is featured in the July issue of DownBeat Magazine’s special edition on the “80 Coolest things in Jazz Today.” Penned by Kirk Silsbee, the article celebrates the release of Pat’s album, Ascensione (Fresh Sound Records). It remembers Pat’s work with Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass and his legendary jazz club, Pasquale’s, on the beach in Malibu.
May 27. (Tues.) Pat Senatore Trio. The stellar Senatore trio – bassist Senatore with pianist Josh Nelson and drummer Mark Ferber have been carrying the torch for solid jazz at its best for years. And their new recording, Ascensione, is a superb display of their effectiveness as a world class jazz trio.
JAZZ AROUND TOWN
by Scott Yanow
A new group in its early stages debuted recently at Vibrato’s. Bassist Pat Senatore, trumpeter and flugelhornist Steve Huffsteter (who does the writing for the band), tenor-saxophonist Chuck Manning and drummer Kendall Kay performed as an appealing pianoless quartet. They played such songs as “It Could Happen To You,” “Tenderly,” “Walkin,’” “Emily,” “”Autumn Leaves,” and “Body And Soul” plus originals based on the chord changes of “Stella By Starlight,” “The Thrill Is Gone,” and “On Green Dolphin Street.”
The interplay between the musicians was consistently enjoyable, with Huffsteter excelling in this setting while Manning mixed together aspects of 1950s Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. Pat Senatore took many fine solos and enjoyed varying and breaking up the rhythm behind the other players. For the future, I would suggest having briefer solos and more group ensembles along with more harmonizing behind the solos (a la the Gerry Mulligan Quartet). But even at this early stage, this group is well worth hearing and has lots of potential.
Fri., Mar. 3, 1978 Los Angeles Times
Senatore: His Own Kind of Ambience
by Leonard Feather
Times Staff Writer
A good ambience cannot make mediocre music listenable, but the right atmosphere can turn a modestly agreeable, swinging performance into a total delight. That is the lesson to be learned from a visit to Pasquale’s, the Southland’s newest and by all odds most inviting jazz night spot.
Pasquale (Pat) Senatore, who played bass with the Tijuana Brass, is the brains behind the club. He took over a a room at 22724 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and converted it into a comfortable setting for concerts not just by the sea, but almost literally on the sea.
Windowed along two of its walls, Pasquale’s offers music by Senatore’s trio, along with an opportunity to walk through a sliding glass door not 20 feet from the bandstand onto a deck from which you may watch the Pacific Ocean lapping at your feet a short distance below.
During his first few weeks, Senatore had such men as pianist George Cables, drummers Roy McCurdy and Tootie Heath. There are also Sunday matinees at 4 p.m. with such guest soloists as saxophonist Ray Pizzi.
The current incumbents, who play every night except Monday, are a driving, spirited mainstream-modern pianist named Frank Collett, and the outstanding drummer Billy Higgins, whose credits include work with Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins and Herbie Hancock. Senatore plays upright bass.
The nature of the music they make is indicated by the tunes they choose to perform: “Alone Together,” “All Blues,” Cole Porter’s “I Love You.,” a relaxed “If I Had You” and an arrow-swift examination of Rollins’ “Oleo.”
All three members acquit themselves creditably both as soloists and as part of an obvious compatible team. The room, by the way, has been provided with a good, in-tune piano.
Senatore plans to expand soon and double his present capacity of 100 plus. If he doesn’t knock down some walls before summer, the public may well be doing it for him in the rush to get in. Pasquale’s offers one of those rare jazz settings that speak eloquently for itself at first sight as well as first sound.
$ 3 gigs, Leopard skin tuxedos, Big Time…
…in Jersey and the Real Big Time with the Tijuana Brass
After entering Vibrato on an early Wednesday evening my companion and I were seated immediately. I was there to see and hear bassist Pat Senatore, who was accompanied by pianist Jeff Colella. My companion was Frank Collett, the esteemed pianist, who is now involved in photography. I would take notes and Frank would be taking some candid shots. Everything went well; we were promptly served our delicious meals and settled in to listen to the musicians.
The duo of Senatore and Colella was quite wonderful, so calming in this beautiful room. Both musicians were very relaxed and played with a quiet authority. People were coming in and were seated quickly by the excellent staff. A large party was seated in the center of the dining space. I noticed a striking painting on one wall and some sculptures high above the bar. This lovely, yet exciting room was created by trumpeter/producer/philanthropist Herb Albert. The art about the room is his work. Vibrato was created to be a welcoming place for patrons and musicians every night. It has hosted the best musicians from around the globe. With a few exceptions, there is no cover charge and this is another way that Alpert supports the jazz community.
Pat Senatore has played a pivotal role at Vibrato, as the person who is responsible for booking the talent. I wanted to find out more about Senatore and his long career. He seemed to be a low-key person, very personable and well mannered. He greeted his old friend, Frank Collett, warmly. They go way back to the days when Senatore was running the famous Pasquale’s Jazz Club in Malibu. During our dinner Frank told me that he had played piano at Pasquale’s for a long time. He made the drive over the Santa Monica mountains from his home in North Hollywood and back every night for many months. I was amazed at Frank’s dedication, his tenacity. What I learned about Senatore was quite surprising. His story is very interesting and I hope that he will write a book some day about his experiences as a traveling musician, club owner and now club booker. His story is about how our country has changed over decades. It’s about how a young kid got fascinated by jazz and followed through with some lucky breaks along the way. It all brought him here, to this beautiful jazz club.
L.A. Jazz: Tell me about your early life. Where and when were you born? Big family or small? Did you like school? What were your interests growing up?
Pat Senatore Trio
During his years at Vibrato, bassist Pat Senatore has supported and swung a countless number of top jazz musicians on a nightly basis. After all of this time, it was long overdue for him to lead his own album. Senatore could have picked practically any musician in the jazz world for this set since he has played with nearly everyone, so it must have been a bit of an honor for pianist Josh Nelson and drummer Mark Ferber to get the call.
In addition to his occasional bass solos, Senatore contributed two fine originals (“Ascensione” and “Positano Blues”) and put together a well-rounded program that also includes two Michel Petrucciani tunes, four jazz standards and Nelson’s “A Change In The Wind.” While everyone has their spots, Josh Nelson (who deserves to be famous beyond Los Angeles) is the main soloist. His playing falls into the modern mainstream yet looks ahead and always avoids stating the obvious.
Fans of swinging modern jazz will find much to enjoy on Pat Senatore’s fine outing which is available from www.freshsoundrecords.com.