Patrice Rushen

Patrice Rushen is an award-winning musician and composer who originally found success in the 1970s and ‘80s with a signature fusion of jazz, pop and R&B.

As a classically trained pianist who composed scores for movies and television, Rushen became the first female musical director for many of the entertainment industry’s top award shows, including the Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards, People’s Choice Awards, NAACP Image Awards and HBO’s “Comic Relief V.” Rushen is a four-time Grammy nominee, having composed and recorded the hit song, “Forget Me Nots,” which has been frequently covered and sampled by other artists. Considered one of the world's top jazz pianists, she has performed with artists including Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Nancy Wilson, Ndugu Chancler, Carlos Santana and Freddie Hubbard and Lee Ritenour.

Rushen is a record producer and award-winning composer of symphonic music, some of which was commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She is the Ambassador of Artistry In Education at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and an Artist In Residence / Chair for the Popular Music Program at Thornton School of Music at USC. She also spends time working with the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, NARAS Grammy In The Schools program, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and other organizations dedicated to establishing music education and mentorship programs for underprivileged youth.

We’ve invited Rushen to Loop to host a Listening Session at the legendary East West studios, where attendees can play their music and get her advice on songwriting and production.

Patrice Rushen


Dennis DeSantis, Laura Escudé, Patrice Rushen, Photay

Best Laid Plans: when things go wrong

Abid Hussain, Craig Schuftan, Ed Williams, Erin Barra, Patrice Rushen, Toni Blackman

5 Takes (Saturday)