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Manhattan Beach resident Patrick Storey was diagnosed with autism when he was 2, after his parents recognized he was having problems with speech development. But it was another discovery, years later that would finally give Patrick a voice.
His father, Jim Storey, heard Patrick sing along to television commercials with perfect pitch.
and#8220;We started to notice maybe around middle school that he was so good at being able to mimic commercials he would hear on television and he sounded just like the commercials,and#8221; Jim Storey told The Manhattan Beach Daily Breeze. and#8220;So we started to think it was almost like he had perfect pitch because the pitch would be right, the timing would be right.and#8221;
Patrick Storey began piano and singing lessons at Coast Music Conservatory in Hermosa Beach with the founder, Beth Rohde.
After Patrickand#8217;s senior recital, Rohdeand#8217;s father, Bill Deters of Incline Village, was in attendance and asked her what she would do if Patrick was her son. She said create a vocal group.
and#8220;It was pretty unanimous that he just lit up when he was singing with other singers,and#8221; Rohde said.
This sparked the creation of StoreyTime and#8212; a vocal jazz quintet featuring the 23-year-old Storey, Rohde, Jamey Schrick, Michael Kohl and Kieran Moriah.
The group, which formed in 2009, performs at venues around southern California and in 2010 was named Best Vocal Jazz Group at the Los Angeles Music Awards.
StoreyTime Jazz ventures to Lake Tahoe, the first time away from L.A. and performs at Cal Neva Resort Saturday, June 23.