As far as I know, only one governor of a state was fathered by a professional jazz musician. Today’s Boston Globe has a long story by Sally Jacobs about Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and his father Pat, the late saxophone and flute star of the Sun Ra Arkestra. Jacobs explores the effect on the young man of his father’s abandonment of the family and of the eventual wary reconciliation between father and son. The on-line version of the article contains a built-in video clip and links to several recorded performances, including one by John Coltrane with Pat Patrick as a member of the ensemble, and Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames doing “Yeh Yeh,” the elder Patrick’s hit composition. To read the story and hear the music, click here.