JAZZ AND BLUES ARTIST
Paul began playing harmonica in 1968, inspired by both country and urban blues artists. His professional musical career began in New Jersey in 1971 with the Blackberry Booze Band. Moving to Oakland California in 1975, He became a member of the house band at a popular blues spot Eli’s mile high club, performing there weekly and recording two albums on the Red Lightning label out of England with JJ Malone and Troyce Key. From 1975 to 1989 he performed throughout the Bay Area with his own band and other musicians including Sonny Rhodes, Little Frankie Lee, “JJ Bad Boy” Jones, Cool Papa, Percy Mayfield, Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton, John Little John, and many others.
In 1989 he relocated to Chicago where he continued to perform at such legendary blues clubs as Buddy Guy’s, Rosa’s, The Kingston Mine’s, and Blues Etc., and shared the stage with such notables as Junior Wells and Sugar Blue.
Relocating to Seattle in 1991, Paul won the Washington Blues Society award for the “Best Blues Harmonica” in 1992. Since then he has won that award multiple times and the Blues Society eventually named the annual “Best Blues Harmonica” award after him. He has also won the award for “Best Vocalist” twice. In 2008 he was voted into the Washington Blues Society Hall Of Fame, and in 2017 he received their Life Time Achievement Award. Click for an interview by the Washington Blues Society
For the past several years he has performed with numerous Seattle jazz artists and is now a recording artist on the Pony Boy Jazz Label with the 2015 release of his Cd, “Creativity” which is made up entirely of his original lyrics set to jazz instrumental melodies, a style known as Vocalese, sung to compositions by artists such as Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, and Tad Dameron, among others. In September 2017, Paul relocated to Tucson Az. where he continues to perform throughout the region.