Jonathan “Capital” Patterson

Assistant Professor of Practice

  • Program:
    Popular Music
  • Division:
    Classical Performance and Composition, Contemporary Music

A native of Portland, Oregon, Jonathan “Capital” Patterson has been featured on over 25 recordings from rock to hip-hop to Brazilian jazz, alongside artists such as American Idol’s Crystal Bowersox, Del the Funky Homosapien, Airto Moreira, Paulo Calasans, Marco Bosco, Swing Out Sister, Cosiner, DJ Nozawa, DJ Akakabe, Otmaro Ruiz, Hussain Jiffry, Ken Okulolo, Kenneth Nash, Ken Ishii, Shing02 and more. Capital’s original Brazilian jazz band, Bossa Zuzu, is produced by multi-GRAMMY-winning drum legend Peter Erskine.

A former high school Oregon state Classical Guitar champion, Capital’s artistry shines through on both electric and acoustic guitar. He has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Brazil, and performed in numerous festivals including Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival and Seattle’s BrasilFest. Capital holds an MM in Ethnomusicology from UC Berkeley and a DMA from USC, where he currently teaches Harmony and Aural Skills in the Division of Contemporary Music, Music Technology and Guitar programs.