It’s not always inevitable that children follow in their parents’ footsteps, but in Mareea’s case it was. They were hot footsteps to follow in, too. Paterson’s father is Kim Paterson, one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent jazz musicians. Mareea’s forays into music started at a very early age, picking up drums from the age of two before moving onto classical music (violin, flute and piano) at seven. Kim was a member of BLERTA and Mareea was drafted in to play flute. It would be fairly safe to say that no other musician in this country got their first taste of touring with Bruno Lawrence when they were 12 years old.