Ottilie Patterson

Ottilie PattersonFrom: Comber, County Down, Northern Ireland

Ottilie Patterson was an Irish blues singer best known for her work with the Chris Barber Jazz Band. Born on January 31, 1923, Patterson was the youngest of four children. Her father, Joseph Patterson, was from Northern Ireland, while her mother, Jūlija Jēgers, was born in Latvia. The two met in southern Russia. Both sides of Patterson’s family were musical, and she trained as a classical pianist from the age of eleven. However, Patterson never received any formal training as a singer.

Patterson went to Belfast College of Technology in 1949 to study art. While at Belfast, a fellow student introduced her to the music of Bessie Smith, Jelly Roll Morton, and Meade Lux Lewis. Patterson began singing with Jimmy Compton’s Jazz Band in 1951, and in August of 1952, she formed the Muskrat Ramblers with Al Watt and Derek Martin. In the summer of 1954, Ottilie was on holiday in London. While in London, she met Beryl Bryden who would introduce her to the Chris Barber Jazz Band. Ottilie Patterson would join the Chris Barber Jazz Band on December 28, 1954. She made her first appearance with the band on January 9, 1955, performing at the Royal Festival Hall. Between 1955 and 1962 Patterson did a lot of work with the Chris Barber Jazz Band, issuing many recordings. Barber and Patterson married in 1959, and divorced in 1983.

By 1963, Patterson started suffering from throat problems, resulting in fewer appearances and recordings with Barber. She officially left the band in 1973. Over this period, Patterson did continue to record some non-jazz/blues material. In 1969, she issued a solo LP called 3000 Years With Ottilie, which has become highly sought after by collectors. 1983 saw Patterson and Barber perform a series of concerts around London. The LP Madame Blues and Doctor Jazz was recorded from these performances, and is her most recently issued recording. Patterson passed away in 2011. ~ Wikipedia

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From the 1969 album Spring Song

Spring Song

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