William “Spaceman” Patterson
(Billy “Spaceman” Patterson)
Instrumentalist,/ Music Director/ Music Supervisor
Arranger/ Producer/TV Director
Spaceman is both a popular musician and consummate musical virtuoso who performs, produces, composes, and arranges all genres of music.
Patterson studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and the New England Conservatory of Music. He has also studied independently in New York City with Coleridge Taylor Perkinson And James “Blood” Ulmer.
His musical credits read like a who’s who in music, Spaceman has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Miles Davis, Pharaoh Sanders, Bill Cosby, Stevie Wonder, Ornette Coleman, Marcus Miller, Hamiet Bluiett, Roberta Flack, Sly Stone, Mariah Carey, Sun Ra, James "Blood Ulmer", George Clinton, Mtume, Wallace Roney, KRS ONE, Clark Terry, Roy Haynes, David Sanborn, Olatunji, Grover Washington Jr, Cosnarati, Gwen Guthrie, Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, Olu Dara, Don Blackman, Barbara McNair, Big Joe Turner, Alicia Keys, Rashied Ali, Lena Horne, Gil Evans, Joe Henderson, Teruo Nakamura, Luther Vandross, LL Cool J, Bernard Wright, Lester Bowie, Vinx, Sam Wooding, Doug E Fresh, Hubert Laws, Chante Moore, Aaliyah, Nancy Wilson, Sly & Robbie, Frank Wess, D-Train, Masabumi Kikuchi, Lenny White, Al Green, Larry Young, Michael Henderson, James Brown, Melvin Van Peebles, and many others.
His musical styling has graced many a hit record, movies, TV shows, and commercials.
TV projects include “The Cosby Show”, “A Different World”, “Sesame Street,” “The Cosby Mysteries”, “One Life To Live”, ”Cosby”, “Fatherhood”, ”Unstoppable”, “New York Undercover” and “Literary Living”. Spaceman’s’ Theatre credits include “The Love Space Demands” with Ntozake Shange, “Thunder Knocking On The Door”, “Rhinestone”, “Pippin”, “Grease”,” Work Songs”, ” Mother Courage”, “Dream On Monkey Mountain”, “Ain’t Supposed To Die A Natural Death”(Audelco Award winner Best Music Direction), “If This Hat Could Talk”. His recent film credits include the Emmy nominated HBO film,” Unchained Memories, Readings From the Slave Narratives, ”, Polynesian Power”, “Unbreakable (Conversation w/ Gordon Parks Sr. Ossie Davis, and Melvin Van Peebles), and the award winning “Fast Pitch” the film for which he composed the original music.
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