UNT | University of North Texas

Search form

Main menu

Pat Coil

Pat Coil

Associate Professor

Jazz Piano


Jazz Studies, Piano

Contact Information

Office Location: 
Music Building
Office #: 

Born in Jefferson City, Missouri, Pat Coil (UNT, 1972-1976) is an extremely accomplished pianist, composer, producer, arranger, programmer, as well as a highly respected studio musician. If you watch television, listen to the radio, or go to the movies, you have heard Pat and some form of his music.  Pat has toured Japan, South America, Europe and the United States with such artists as Michael McDonald, Carmen McRae, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Woody Herman and many others. Pat has recorded with Natalie Cole, Trisha Yearwood, Ernie Watts, Carmen McRae, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Travis Tritt, Peter Cetera, Scott Henderson, Woody Herman, Michael McDonald, and Olivia Newton John.  His talent spans the musical spectrum of pop, jazz, R&B, gospel, country…..Pat Coil is known for his work on Dionne and Friends (1990), Larry the Cable Guy’s Star-Studded Christmas Extravaganza (2008) and Mississippi Rising (2005).  Living now in Nashville with his wife and children, Pat continues his successful career composing, recording, performing, producing and arranging. He has composed, produced and performed on hundreds of underscores heard on a variety of media all over the world. Pat also teaches jazz piano, combos, and improvisation at Middle Tennessee State University, and is a member of the jazz faculty.  Pat has recorded six solo jazz albums of his own, the third one being a collaboration with Lyle Mays. True North and his new album Birdhouse are available at patcoil.com and cdbaby.com.

A talented keyboardist, Pat Coil has thus far stuck mostly to the commercial side of jazz in his own projects. He began piano lessons when he was eight and, by the time he was a young teenager, Coil was leading his own bands, playing rock, country and a bit of jazz. While at UNT he performed with the One O’Clock Lab Band and gigged in Dallas and Fort Worth. His most notable association was playing, touring and recording with Woody Herman's Orchestra for 2 1/2 years in the late 1970s. After leaving Herman, Coil worked in Dallas as a session musician for five years. His band Recoil released two albums: Pardon My Fantasy and The Fantasy Continues. He had the opportunity to substitute for Lyle Mays with Pat Metheny's Group on a few occasions. Coil eventually moved to Los Angeles where he worked in the studios. He toured with Carmen McRae for a year, recorded with Ernie Watts, Nancy Wilson, Grant Geissman, Scott Henderson, Natalie Cole (her Unforgettable CD) and a variety of pop artists, and in the early 1990s recorded two solo albums for Sheffield Lab that fell into the "contemporary jazz" genre.

Concert performances on piano, synth, and organ with (partial list):  Woody Herman Big Band - Carmen McRae - Michael McDonald - Barbra Streisand - Larry Carlton - Bob Sheppard - Pat Metheny - Ernie Watts - Kenny Loggins - Marty Stuart - Olivia Newton John - Vince Gill - Patti LaBelle - Michael W Smith - George Strait - Boz Scaggs - BeBe Winans - The London Symphony - Take Six - NJO / Nashville Jazz Orchestra - Faith Hill - Fred Hammond - Bette Midler - Scott Henderson - Grant Geissman - CeCe Winans - Kenny Rogers - Amy Grant - Clark Terry - Alphonze Mouzon - Christopher Cross - Jeff Coffin - Martina McBride - Liza Minelli - The Nashville Symphony - Brandon Fields - Little Richard - Yolanda Adams - Barry Manilow - Whitney Houston - Gerald Albright - Tom Harrell - Trisha Yearwood - John Pattitucci - Billy Preston - Mark Murphy - Kirk Whalum - Diana Ross - Joe Williams - Stan Getz - Bob Mintzer - Greg Osby.  Musical director for television and concerts with (partial list):  CeCe’s Place Television Series - CMT : ’The Country Freedom Special: Tribute to September 11th’ - Carmen McRae - The Dove Awards - CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Awards - Larry The Cable Guy - Vince Gill & Amy Grant Christmas - Michael McDonald - Katrina Relief Benefit Concert - Barry Manilow: ‘Manilow Country’ Television Special - The Billy Gilman Christmas Special - Dionne Warwick TV Show: ‘ Dionne & Friends’ - Kathie Lee Gifford Christmas Specials.  Recording sessions with (partial list):  Natalie Cole - Nancy Wilson - Carmen McRae - Michael McDonald - Scott Henderson - Travis Tritt - Ernie Watts - CeCe Winans - Woody Herman - Aaron Tippin - Shania Twain - Pam Tillis - Colin Raye - Peter Cetera - Mark Douthit - Larry Carlton - Trisha Yearwood - Harry Chapin - ReCoil - Patti Austin - The Nashville Jazz Orchestra - Andy Williams - Barry Manilow - Martina McBride - BeBe Winans - Christopher Cross - Point of Grace - Ricky Van Shelton - Englebert Humperdinck - Kenny Rogers - UNT One O’Clock Lab Band - Cliff Richard - Billy Joe Walker - BJ Thomas - Trace Adkins - Dionne Warwick - George Strait - Bette Midler - Jim Ferguson - Olivia Newton John.  Film and television soundtrack recordings (partial list):  Star Trek - Next Generation - Voyager - The Tonight Show - LA Law - Bette Midler HBO Specials – The Grammy Awards - Babe Ruth - Colombo - The Bodyguard - The Best of Times - Mobsters – Growing Pains - Just the Ten of Us - China Beach - Pure Country - Adams Family Values - The Waltons – Deep Space Nine - Benji - Sesame Street: Follow That Bird - Dennis The Menace - The Dame Edna TV Series Knots Landing - The Last Boy Scout - Maverick - Honeymoon In Vegas - Murphy Brown - Back To The Beach - Major Dad - Alf - Growing Pains - The Dove Awards - The Scarecrow & Mrs. King – Caddyshack - Alien Nation - Spencer For Hire - Pink Cadillac - Throw Mama From The Train - Dallas - Jake & The Fatman - Uncle Buck - Funny Farm - The Arsenio Hall Show - Murder She Wrote - Falcon Crest – Conan O’Brien - The Today Show - Dionne (Warwick) And Friends - Alf - Dallas - Falcon Crest.  Coil performs on piano, synth, and organ and endorses Yamaha products.