With more than fifty recordings as sidemusician, pre-eminent bassist Pat Collins is well known throughout Canada having performed with such great musicians as Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Herb Ellis, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Cobb, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Moe Koffman, Oliver Jones, Peter Appleyard, Diana Krall, Don Thompson, and many others.
Pat was raised in Qualicum Beach, B.C. He attended Malaspina College in Nanaimo, B.C., and in 1986 received a grant from the Canada Council to attend the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Ma., where he studied for two years. In 1988, Pat moved to Toronto, where he has been very active on the Canadian jazz scene.
In January, 2005, Pat released his debut CD as a leader, entitled In The Moment featuring some of Canadas premier jazz musicians, Mike Murley, Reg Schwager and Barry Elmes.
In addition to his busy performing schedule, Pat is also in demand as a clinician and teacher. He keeps a very busy private teaching schedule, as well as being on the faculty at Humber College, Mohawk College, "The" Jazz Camp at Manitouwabing and the Kincardine Summer Music Festival.
For more information about Pat, visit his website, patcollinsbass.com.