Pat Coleman

Born 2/6/49 in the UK and emigrated to Canada in 1957
Recorded extensively in Edmonton Alberta, Clovis New Mexico,Vancouver and for Quincy Jones in LA in the same time period as above.

Started playing Jazz guitar in 1969 after hearing the great Lennie Breau.

Jazz gigs in Vancouver in clubs and bars 1970-76

House band at the Hotel Vancouver and Hyatt hotel for two years 1975-76

Jazz, pop and orchestral performances in LA 1976-77

Faculty music instructor at Capilano College 1977-78

Jazz performance and studio work in Vancouver and Toronto 1978-90

Jingle writer in 1984-85 at Streetnoise Productions one of Toronto’s busiest production companies writing for Labatt’s, McDonalds and the like.

Started own music production business, Interplay (CMH music prod. inc.) in 1986-89 writing not only for corporate clients like IBM, Mattel, K-mart, General Foods and Inglis
but also writing scores for feature films, TV drama and the Video Wall score at Canada Place for Expo 86 in Vancouver.

Started Jazz record production in 1988, Canada’s great bassist Neil Swainson’s being the first. It featured Joe Henderson and Woody Shaw (his last). Many followed which prompted the formation and partnership of RoadHouse Records.

Moved to Vancouver Island 1990 and continues Jazz performance, Jazz record
production,commercial music production, touring as sideman with various artists. Contract instructor at Malaspina University College.

Performed With

In Jazz: Pat laBarbara, PJ Perry, Moe Koffman, Guido Basso, Don Thompson, Doug Riley, Pete Chrislieb, Bob Murphy, Maury Kay, Neil Swainson, Kenny Wheeler, Brad Turner, Joe Coughlin, Tommy Banks, Mike Herriott, Ross Taggart, Buff Allen, Ken Lister, Hugh Fraser, Paul Reed, Colin Lazzerini, Peter Appleyard, Jim Galloway, Terry Clark, Trudy Desmond, Carol Welsman, Joani Taylor, Oliver Gannon, Dave Friesen.
In other styles: Marvin Hamlisch, Vassar Clemments, TSO, Bruce Miller, Dina Christie, the Royal York orchestra, the reverand Gary Davis, Tom Netherton, Ronny Blakely, John Candy, Martin Mull, Dave Friesen.

Pat is currently fronting a trio consisting of Ken Lister on bass and Buff Allen on drums.  Ken has been playing steadily with Pat for over twelve years, and Buff has done the same for almost thirty years (since he and Pat were five)  This trio also becomes a quartet with the addition of Monik Nordine on saxophone.


Pat Coleman
Blue Comedy

Pat Coleman - Guitar
Ken Lister - Bass
Buff Allen - Drums
Monik Nordine- Soprano & Alto Sax

Pat Coleman Bob Murphy Quartet
Come Rain or Come Shine

John Gross - Tenor Sax
Pat Coleman - Guitar
Bob Murphy - Hammond B3 organ
Buff Allen - Drums