Patrick O’Hearn (born September 6, 1954) is an American multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, and recording artist. While his musical repertoire spans a diverse range of music, he is an acclaimed new age and ambient artist in his solo career. To date, he has released 13 solo albums.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Patrick O’Hearn began his professional music career at age 15 when he joined the Musicians Union and began playing in night clubs in Portland, Oregon. Upon graduating from Sunset High School in 1972, he moved to Seattle. There, he briefly attended Cornish College of the Arts and, as well, studied privately with seminal bassist Gary Peacock.
In 1973, he moved to San Francisco, and he soon became involved in the vibrant Bay Area jazz scene of that time, playing bass for well-established artists such as Charles Lloyd, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Joe Pass, Woody Shaw, Eddie Henderson, and Bobby Hutcherson. He also collaborated with other like-aged young musicians, including Terry Bozzio, Mark Isham, and Peter Maunu. In 1985, he began his solo career releasing music, which he continues to this day.