The Des Moines Register calls PATRICK HAZELL "a legend in Iowa Music". Teaching himself to play boogie-woogie piano in 1956, Hazell was soon performing at school functions. In 1968, he formed the MOTHER BLUES BAND. Touring an eight-state, Mid-western area until late 1982, the band earned an award-winning and even mythical reputation. Hazell then launched his solo career singing his original songs while playing keyboards, harmonica, and percussion at the same time. An official endorsee of the Hohner Company's world-famous harmonicas, he is known for an original style which reflects jazz, blues, country, zydeco/Cajun, classical, and folk/world music. An inductee into both the IOWA BLUES HALL OF FAME (2000) and the IOWA MUSIC ASSOCIATION ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAME (2007), as of 2007, he has produced and recorded 36 albums of his original music. A unique soloist, he can fill a large hall with up-tempo dance music, or play intimate settings. Since 1986, Hazell expanded his tour area to include many tours in Europe, Russia, and South America. Writing for the Heartland Journal, Chicago, Tim Janes stated "....HAZELL's music is the music of America's heartland."