James Patrick Green
By: Opal Summers
James Patrick Green came up in the Northern California music scene of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area as a young keyboardist performing with various R&B funk bands.
“Pat” as known by his band mates and friends, in 1977 met Sacramento bassist Gordon Jones (later writer/producer for Bobby Brown, Coolio), getting their start playing many dance clubs at the time.
In 1978 Green and Jones joined forces with producer recording artist Robert Brookins (formerly with Clark Duke project, Stephanie Mills, Geoffrey Osborn, and currently music director and keyboardist for Earth, Wind, and Fire) and brother Michael Brookins to form the group Afterbach, featuring their 1981 Billboard dance single “It’s You” on Maurice White’s (leader of EWF) ARC Label. AfterBach toured in concert with a diverse range of groups like Jeff Lorber, Ray Goodman and Brown, and Alton McClain.After a European tour with AfterBach and disco divas Alton McClain & Destiny (“It Must Be Love”-Polydor Records) in the late ’70s and early ’80s.
Green played with Bay Area artists Eddie Mininfield saxophone, and John Paris drums (formerly with Sheila E., Prince, Patty LaBell, and currently EWF) in dance clubs and in concert with various groups like Con Funk Shun.
Throughout the ’80s and early ’90s Green turned his attention to writing, producing and audio record engineering. Opening Greensweep Recording studio in Sacramento, he went on to engineer and produce several projects, including a joint production in 1991 with producer Brian Alexander Morgan for the group Fonke Socialistiks “You are My Heaven” on Priority Records, a #19 Billboard dance single.
Later, as an engineer with Morgan on RCA dance vocalist Martha Wash and her hit record “Give It To You” that went gold in 1992. Then on to engineer RCA Recording Artist’s SWV (sisters with voices) multi platinum album “It’s About Time” that placed (#1 Billboard Pop) and (#1 Billboard Urban R&B) singles, as well as movie soundtrack singles in the motion pictures “Free Willie” and “Above the Rim” in 1993. This was a ground breaking Urban R&B record for RCA and dominated the music industry at that time.
Green has written educational works for kids of all ages and currently offering his latest recording “Live By These Words”.
Truly a multi-talented artist!