John Patterson, 1960-2006

Jun 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly


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John Patterson passed away on March 28, 2006, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Patterson joined Yamaha in 1997 as R&D manager, focusing on the commercial and professional audio markets.

Patterson began his career in professional audio as an intern with Chicago Recording Company, and in 1984, became a freelance recording engineer/producer with mixing/producing credits on projects with Frank Sinatra, Jon Secada, Peter, Paul & Mary, Chuck Mangione and others. He produced an album featuring soprano Jessye Norman and pianist Michel Legrand.

“The perseverance and courage with which this man dealt with his illness was an inspiration to all his far-less-burdened friends,” notes Hank Neuberger, who first met Patterson during his internship at CRC.

Prior to joining Yamaha, Patterson worked extensively with producer Phil Ramone for more than five years. “A gifted friend, John embraced the life of technology and music — and was absolutely true to both,” Ramone remembers. “My time with him produced a great deal of humor and expertise. He had the ability to read a score and engineer anything from a classical session to a jazz date, while in his spare time helping me to build a dream studio. To say I'll miss him would be an understatement. Maybe he will do upstairs what he did on Earth. Love you, John.”

“John was an important asset and friend to all of us at Yamaha and he will be greatly missed,” comments Larry Italia, VP/general manager at Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Inc. “He fought his battle with dignity and maintained a strong, positive attitude.”

Patterson is survived by two sisters, Janice and JoAnn, and three sons, Ian, Corey and Jordan.

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