Patrice Rushen is a name well known to loads of crate diggers out there. Her stellar grooves and melodies can be found on classics from hiphop artists as varied as Lil Kim, Mob Deep, Will Smith & Slum Village.

Patrice Rushen is a classically trained jazz pianist with a certain affinity for the Fender Rhodes electric piano. She is just as well known for her popular 70’s & 80’s R&B hits like “Remind Me” as she is for her “Musical Director” credits.

Patrice Rushen is in many ways the female Quincy Jones. She is “the first woman to serve as Musical Director for the 46th, 47th & 48th Annual Grammy Awards, the first woman in 43 years to serve as Head Composer/Musical Director for television’s highest honor, the Emmy Awards and the first woman Musical Director of the NAACP Image Awards, an honor she held for 12 consecutive years.” If thats not enough, you can certainly find her in a near by crate waiting to be sampled and chopped.

Here in this webisode of Down The Rhodes, we get a chance to hear Patrice speak on her love of the Fender Rhodes.

About The “Down The Rhodes” Webisode Series on

For a total of 10 weeks, will present weekly webisodes of ‘Down The Rhodes’, courtesy of Down The Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story. Each new webisode will feature a noted – Fender Rhodes Loving – Crate Worthy  Musician speaking about the historical Fender Rhodes and the influence that it had on their lives and music.

Stay tuned to for an exciting series of ‘Down The Rhodes’ webisodes.

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