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Patrick Berrogain

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Born in the south of France, Patrick Berrogain's foray into the music world began at the age of 14 when he bought his first guitar with money he made from summer jobs. It was not long began playing bass and guitar semi-professionally while finishing high school. At 19 he landed a touring gig with an Italian pop band, Delta Landa, with whom he traveled the world for five years. He then moved to Ivory Coast, Africa where he performed pop and musette music with a local band. In 1984, Patrick decided to follow his dream to study jazz in America. He enrolled in the Musician's Institute where he honed his jazz guitar skills from the likes of Joe Di'Orio and Scott Henderson. Simultaneously he studied composition and arranging at the Dick Groove School of Music. He graduated with special mention from the Institute in '85. It was at the school where he met his good friend Peter Sprague, with whom he studied nylon string guitar. With Peter's encouragement, Patrick moved to San Diego where he has lived for the past two decades. Although growing up in a culture that was steeped in the musette repertoire, it was not until 1998 that Patrick's interest in Gypsy jazz piqued. Together with fellow ex-pat and rhythm guitarist, Alain Cola, the two formed Hot Club of San Diego which enjoyed a nine year run.

In 2007, Patrick created his latest Gypsy jazz group, Hot Club Combo

Today, Patrick enjoys writing and arranging for the band. His music has been used on radio and television around the world.

In addition to playing lead with Hot Club, Patrick has occasionally performed as a rhythm player for Gypsy Jazz master Angelo Debarre and is the translator/accompanist for Angelo's Djangofest workshops.

Outside of the Gypsy Jazz world, Patrick has a flourishing career as a jazz and pop guitar/bass player. In 2006, he performed along side some of the world's most celebrated guitarists including Eric Johnson, Doyle Dykes, Albert Lee and Doc Watson at Dan Crary's premier production of Primal Twang: The Legacy of the Guitar.

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