Guitarist and vocalist Patty Sanphy fell in love with the music of the big bands at home as a youngster growing up in Bucks County, PA. Then, as a pre-teen, she got into Motown and Stax dance hits. At 16, she picked up the guitar, and started learning folk and blues. She then took her degree in Jazz Guitar at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pa in 1980, where she studied guitar with Ed Flanagan, a protege of Dennis Sandole, and improv with Sy Platt, a protege of Lennie Tristano., and took private voice lessons as well. While going to college, she performed in a popular local rock and blues band.
Patty moved to Pinellas County in 1985, where she continued jazz guitar studies with Sandy DeVito. She also joined the Linda Nash Trio for a time, and worked with her own jazz guitar duo, Easy Street. She continued to explore the repertoire of standards, and write her own tunes. She was influenced by the elegant original style of Emily Remler, the bossas of Jobim, and the swing blues of the organ trios.
Seeking a bluesier edge to her improvisational voice, Patty started her own quartet in 1995. Then in 1996, she began a larger project, The Tampa Bay Women’s Blues Revue. Along the way, she has also been the guitarist for The Stacey Knights Group, and for the popular beach band, Swing Sisters, with Anne VanAtta and Sarah “Sax” Murphy. The Patty Sanphy Group was her Classic Rock and Blues project. Patty also played guitar with Mitch Lowenstein's Transitions Jazz Group She has a jazz guitar duo, Equinox, with Steve Armil. These days, though, Patty is most interested in performing her beloved jazz and blues in solo settings.
In 2002, Patty released her CD, “Tell It!”, with The Women’s Blues Revue. That same year, she was honored by Women’s Peacepower Foundation for organizing the annual Take Back the Night benefit concerts for domestic violence agencies in the Tampa Bay area. The event was held every year on Mother’s Day at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa for 18 years.
Patty has collaborated with many of the great ladies of jazz and blues in the region, like Denise Moore, Lori Cherry, Liz Pennock, Wendy Rich, Rose Bilal, Karen Benjay, Janie Richards, and Sugar and Spice. She has also performed with many of the top blues men in the area, like Jimmy Griswold, Mike Delaney, Johnny G. Lyons, Dean Germaine, and Sarasota Slim as a popular guest at local jams. Her influences range from George Benson to Carlos Santana to Ella Fitzgerald to Bonnie Raitt. Comfortable with swing, funk, soul, bossa, and blues, Patty resides in Largo where she teaches private music lessons.
Jazz and Blues to Soothe Your Soul
Patty Sanphy has spent her lifetime devoted to music. She learned to sing at her daddy’s knee, in a big Irish American family in Bucks County PA. She loved the Big Band sound on her parents records. And she listened to Motown, Pop, and Soul music on the radio. At 16, she picked up the guitar and started performing in a folk group. She took her degree in Jazz Guitar while gigging in a popular local Philadelphia Blues Rock band.
In 1985 Patty moved to Pinellas County Fl to be closer to her parents. She continued her studies on guitar, and performed with her duo, Easy Street. She also began to teach music at Country Day Academy in Largo, and to build a successful private teaching practice.
Patty has had numerous successful musical projects and collaborations in the Tampa Bay region over three decades. Her own projects included The Patty Sanphy Group, Swing Sisters, The Women’s Blues Review, and Equinox jazz duo. She has had the honor of working with the areas best and brightest, and she continues to learn from these mentors.
In 2002 Patty released her CD with her Women’s Blues Review project, and the band was a mainstay on the regional scene for a decade. Currently Patty is most interested in performing her beloved jazz and blues in solo settings, with occasional ensemble shows.
Patty plays every third Saturday at Sages Bistro in Largo, and several times monthly at Lucky Lobster Co. in Dunedin, and Quirky Fork Cafe in Palm Harbor, as well as other special events. She resides in Largo, where she tries to instill her love of music in her students.