Flowtilla is the new name for The Len Paterson Trio ,an eclectic band that plays an original blend of funky, world-groove jazz inspired music. They deliver a compelling instrumental sound that is soulful and unique, striking a fine balance between memorable composition and free-flowing improvisation.
Len Paterson was voted one of the 10 best guitarists of 2001 on JamBase.com by Ted Kartzman. The trio includes Ellen Schoenwetter on bass and Jan Jackson on drums and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The band recently performed on two different stages at the High Sierra Music Festival (which featured Medeski, Martin, and Wood as well as Bruce Hornsby as headliners) and added Will Bernard as special guest guitarist on their second set.
The group benefits from the varied background of each member. Len and Ellen have performed with multi-instrumentalist Ralph Carney(of Tom Waits), and were founding members of Pluto. Len is a frequent sub and guest in the popular Miles Davis tribute band, Bitches Brew and has played with Jackie Ivory (of Junior Walker Allstars), Malcolm Mooney(of Can), Henry Kaiser, Will Bernard, Beth Custer, Splatter Trio. He has also composed music for film and can be heard in collaboration with David Slusser on John Zorn's Tzadik label.
Ellen was a member of rock band Assasins of God, which toured Europe often and put out several c.d.s. She also played jazz for 2 years with local bebop legend Bishop Norman Williams. Jan rounds out the group with his refined sense of the groove. He currently works with Will Bernard's Motherbug and local clarinet virtuoso Beth Custer. He has even backed up Chuck Berry.
The Len Paterson Trio's first c.d. , "Sunny Cloudy" was voted one of the top 10 records of 2001 on JamBase by Ted Kartzman.