Patrick Scales

Patrick Scales (born 24 March 1965) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany is a German electric bass guitar player[1] and teacher.

Patrick Scales
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Background information
Born (1965-03-24) 24 March 1965 (age 57)
OriginGarmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Occupation(s)Bass player, teacher
Instrument(s)Electric bass
Patrick Scales recording the bass tracks for the CD Tenoration of Pee Wee Ellis November 2010


Patrick Scales was born in a small town in the Bavarian Alps. As the town was a recreation area for the American army, there were many clubs with live music around. Patrick could often listen to a big variety of music. From bluegrass to rock, soul music and jazz everything was present. At the age of 12 he was taking up classical guitar lessons with his teacher Jeffrey Ashton.

For his 14th birthday he got an electric bass and because of the recommendations of his teacher Wayne Martin, half a year later he started playing gigs regularly in army clubs with musicians twice his age.

After finishing school he and his brother Martin Scales (guitar) decided to visit the U.S.A. to play music and study for a period of time.

1989 Patrick moved to Munich, where he started gigging with bands in all kinds of musical fields. He was touring with the New York blues guitar player Jonathan Kalb, the avant-garde jazz band Brother Virus (CD: Live at the Knitting Factory-New York; Enja records-1991), the Brazilian band Coisa Nostra and others.

1993 Patrick and his brother Martin recorded their debut album SCALSENDERS together with their old friend Johannes Enders.

1994 Patrick joined Klaus Doldinger´s band Passport, where he is playing since and has recorded 5 CDs with.

1996 Patrick started teaching at the Music University of Mannheim. He played bass on the CD "A new shift" of Pee Wee Ellis.

1997 the CD Scales Brothers “Our House” was released at Enja Records.

1999 Patrick began to teach at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich.

2000 the CD Scales “Grounded” was released at Blue Note Records.

2004 the book "A Rhythmic Concept For Fusion / Funk" (Advance Music) by Peter O'Mara and Patrick Scales was released.

2008 Patrick became teacher at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.

Musicians that Scales recorded or played concerts withEdit

Scales has worked with many musicians including: Klaus Doldinger, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Chuck Loeb, Terri Lyne Carrington, Randy Brecker, Johnny Griffin, Benny Bailey, Bob Mintzer, Claudio Roditi, Jay Ashby, Roy Ayers, Peter O'Mara, Joo Kraus, Adrian Mears, Johannes Enders a.o.

Discography (selected)Edit

With his own band
  • Scales, Grounded, Blue Note Records (2000)
  • Scales Brothers, Our House, Enja (1997)
  • Scalesenders, This And More, GLM (1994)
With other musicians


  1. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2006-10-31). The Penguin guide to jazz recordings. Penguin. p. 355. ISBN 978-0-14-102327-4. Retrieved 22 September 2011.

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