Anna Patton

clarinetist, composer, teacher

Anna Patton

Clarinetist, Composer, Teacher

Anna Patton plays clarinet with great verve, clarity, and harmonic whim, drawing on a richly eclectic musical background of jazz, classical, traditional, and world music. Based in Brattleboro, VT, she performs full time for dances and concerts, composes and arranges music, and teaches ear training and swing harmony singing.

Anna’s current projects include playing dance music with bands such as Elixir and The Figments, string-band and vocal swing with Housetop, Brazilian and gypsy jazz gigs with The Will Patton Ensemble, and improvisatory Balkan/ African/ South American influenced originals with the As Yet Quintet. Her solo album, Isadore’s Breakfast – featuring her work on clarinet and vocals along with many of Vermont’s finest musicians – is a mix of French-influenced swing and fiddle tunes.

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Isadore's Breakfast

Isadore's Breakfast, a lively, creative mix of Swing and fiddle tunes for clarinet and string band, features Franco-flavored American music including crooked Quebecois tunes, musettes, close swing harmony vocals from Housetop, and a Ben Patton original.

Anna plays clarinet and sings with these fabulous guests:

  • The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle) and Owen Morrison, (guitar/feet)
  • Housetop: Erica Morse (bass/vocals), Naomi Morse (fiddle/vocals), Peter Siegel (guitar/vocals)
  • Will Patton (bass/mandolin/octave mandolin), Dono Schabner (guitar), Mary Lea (fiddle), Jeremiah McLane (accordion), Ben Patton (guitar/vocals), and Demse Zullo (percussion)

Isadore's Breakfast is sold out.

Listen to Selections

The Blue Egg Waltz

An Anna Patton original, played with Dono, Will and Jeremiah

Let Yourself Go

Housetop sings this classic Irving Berlin number from "Follow the Fleet"

Reel du Love Shack

The Figments play a set of French Canadian reels

Anna's Gig Calendar

Fri Apr 20th, 2012 to Sun Apr 22nd, 2012When in Doubt, Swing!Dallas, TXwith Elixir
Fri May 4th, 2012 to Sun May 6th, 2012May Madness Dance WeekendClarkdale, AZwith Elixirw/ The Groovemongers, The Great Bear Trio, and Will Mentor
Wed May 16th, 2012Amherst Contra DanceMasonic Lodge, 99 Main St, Amherst, MAwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Sat May 19th, 2012Greenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sun May 20th, 2012Brattleboro Contra DanceThe Church, corner of Grove and Main, Brattleboro, VTwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Wed May 30th, 2012Princeton Contra DanceSuzanne Patterson Community Center, Princeton, NJwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Thu May 31st, 2012Glenside Contra DanceGlenside, PAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Fri Jun 1st, 2012Glen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo Park, MDwith Elixir 8:30 pm
Sat Jun 2nd, 2012House ConcertAnnapolis, MDwith Elixir 4:00 pm Private event
Sun Jun 3rd, 2012Glen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo Park, MDwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Sat Jun 23rd, 2012Spokane Contra DanceSpokane, WAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sun Jun 24th, 2012 to Sat Jun 30th, 2012Lady of the Lake June weekCouer d'Alene, IDwith Elixir
Sat Sep 1st, 2012Montpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sun Sep 2nd, 2012New World FestivalRandolph, VTwith Elixir 12:00 pm
Sun Sep 2nd, 2012Brattleboro Dawn DanceGibson Aiken Center, Main St, Brattleboro, VTwith Elixir 8:00 pm We'll be keeping the party going from Midnight to 3:30 AM. Other bands are Wild Asparagus (first set) and the Russet Trio with Quena Crane calling (last set). It's going to be a great night, don't miss it!
Fri Sep 21st, 2012Contrashock IINew York City, NYwith Elixir 7:30 pm w/ Perpetual e-Motion, and caller Will Mentor
Sat Sep 22nd, 2012Contrashock IINew York City, NYwith Elixir 5:45 pm Experienced Contra Dance from 5:45 - 7:45 PM, Contra Dance for everyone from 9 PM to Midnight
Sun Sep 23rd, 2012Contrastock IISpanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MDwith Elixir 11:00 am w/ Wild Asparagus, Perpetual e-Motion, and caller Will Mentor
Fri Oct 12th, 2012 to Sun Oct 14th, 2012Elixir Cape Cod Dance WeekendCamp Farley, Mashpee, MAwith Elixirw/ Elixir, Crowfoot and caller Will Mentor, and English Country Dance with staff musicians and caller Melissa host (and caller) Mary Wesley, and Tony Hernandez running sound!
Fri Oct 19th, 2012 to Sun Oct 21st, 2012Lavender Country and Folk Dancers Fall Dance CampCamp Chimney Corners, Becket, MAwith Elixir
Fri Oct 26th, 2012Glen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo, MDwith Elixir 8:30 pm It's the Friday Night Dance Halloween Contra Dance PARTY!
Sun Oct 28th, 2012Glen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo, MDwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Fri Nov 16th, 2012 to Sun Nov 18th, 2012Fleur de Lis Fling Dance WeekendLouisville, KYwith Elixir
Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 to Sat Nov 24th, 2012Rochester Thanksgiving Dance WeekendSalem United Church of Christ, 60 Bittner Street, Rochester, NYwith Elixir
Fri Jan 4th, 2013Concord Challenging Contra DanceScout House, 74 Walden St, Concord, MAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sat Jan 5th, 2013Montpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Fri Jan 11th, 2013 to Sat Jan 12th, 2013Phoenix Friends of Traditional Music Mini-Dance WeekendKenilworth School, Phoenix, AZwith Elixir
Fri Jan 25th, 2013Club Passim Concert (opening for Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem)47 Palmer St, Cambridge, MAwith Elixir 8:00 pm We LOVE Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, and are honored to be opening for them at Club Passim. This show is sure to sell out, so purchase your tickets in advance. Help us celebrate our Passim debut!

If you can't be there in person you can still watch online via Concert Window!
Sat Jan 26th, 2013Peterborough Snow BallTown Hall, Peterborough, NHwith Elixir 12:00 pm We play from 3 to 6 PM. Full schedule as follows:
12 PM - Moving Violations w/ Rebecca Lay
3 PM - Elixir
6 PM - Crowfoot w/ Steve Zakon-Anderson
9 PM - Latter Day Lizards w/ Lisa Greenleaf
Sun Jan 27th, 2013Brattleboro Contra DanceThe Church, corner of Grove and Eliot St, Brattleboro, VTwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Thu Jan 31st, 2013Seattle Contra DanceLake City Community Center, Seattle, WAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Fri Feb 1st, 2013 to Sun Feb 3rd, 2013Dancing FoolLeif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St, Seattle, WAwith Elixirw/ The Sevens and caller Cis Hinkle
Fri Feb 15th, 2013 to Sun Feb 17th, 2013Corvallis Contra Dance WeekendCorvallis, ORwith Elixirw/ The Retrospectacles
Fri Mar 15th, 2013 to Sun Mar 17th, 2013Memfest Contra Dance WeekendIdlewild Church, 1750 Union Ave, Memphis, TNwith Elixir
Fri Apr 12th, 2013 to Sun Apr 14th, 2013Dandelion RompOberlin College - Hales Hall, Oberlin, OHwith Elixirw/ Ari and Mia Friedman, Jordon Tice, Gallimaufry, and caller Chrissy Fowler
Thu May 9th, 2013Asheville Contra DanceBryson Gymnasium, Warren Wilson College, Black Mountain, NCwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Fri May 10th, 2013 to Sun May 12th, 2013Lake Eden Arts Festival377 Lake Eden Rd, Black Mountain, NCwith Elixir
Wed May 15th, 2013Amherst Contra DanceMasonic Lodge, 99 Main St, Amherst, MAwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Thu May 16th, 2013Concord Contra DanceConcord Scout House, 74 Walden St., Concord, MAwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Fri May 17th, 2013Providence Contra DanceCommunity Church of Providence, corner of Wayland and Lloyd Ave, Providence, RIwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sat May 18th, 2013Greenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Fri May 24th, 2013 to Mon May 27th, 2013Almost HeavenTimber Ridge Camp, High View, WVwith Elixirw/ Swallowtail, and caller Gaye Fifer
Tue Jun 4th, 2013Annual Summer Concert Serieson the lawn of the Old Medical Chapel, Castleton, VTwith Elixir 7:00 pm w/ special guest Will Patton on mandolin and bass
Fri Jun 7th, 2013Belfast Contra DanceAmerican Legion Hall, 143 Church St, Belfast, MEwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sat Jun 8th, 2013N. Yarmouth Contra DanceWescustogo Grange, Walnut Hill Rd, N. Yarmouth, MEwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sun Jun 9th, 2013Brattleboro Contra DanceThe Church, Grove and Main Streets, Brattleboro, VTwith Elixir 7:30 pm
Fri Jul 5th, 2013 to Sun Jul 7th, 2013Ooh La LaRichmond, Quebecwith Elixirw/ Crowfoot, and callers Rick Mohr and Dana Parkinson
Sat Aug 24th, 2013 to Sat Aug 31st, 2013American Dance and Music WeekPinewoods Camp, 80 Cornish Field Rd, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Sat Aug 31st, 2013Montpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir 8:00 pm
Sun Sep 1st, 2013New World FestivalMain St, Randolph, VTwith Elixir 12:00 pm We had a great time at our first New World Festival in 2012, and are thrilled to have been invited back for all-day festival that is well worth the trip to Northern VT! Don't miss it.