Born: October 6, 1950 Primary Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3
Paul FLUSH was born in Newcastle (in the North of England) and encouraged to study music by his father, a well known violinist. At 16 he left school to work in the country's top nightclubs, and played for many famous performers of the period including Billy ECKSTINE,Tony HANCOCK, Nancy WILSON, and The FOUR TOPS. After this period of practical experience, he went on to gain diplomas from the London College of Music and The Guildhall School of Music, and this interest in more serious composition and performance has continued to influence his later work.The North of England was for many years the source of much important musical experience including radio and T.V broadcasting. From 1978 to 1983 Paul worked for TFM Radio producing live music sessions, writing and performing many commercials and jingles, and he was responsible for the writing, arranging and production of complete ident packages for several commercial radio stations including TFM, Viking Radio, and RTHK in Hong Kong. He also played on many of THE TUBE sessions providing the playback recordings for visiting Americans such as Eddie GRANT, Grandmaster MEL and Eartha KITT. Even MADONNA's 'Holiday' had to be re-recorded for the programme!
In 1984 Paul began working as a full-time jazz pianist collaborating with other musicians on live performances and broadcasts, leading to the formation of FULL CIRCLE (with Rick TAYLOR, Adrian TILBROOK and Keith PEBERDY). The band's range of activities included such diverse projects as a jazz arrangement of Stravinsky's Petroushka for English Dance Theatre, performances at the world renowned Ronnie Scott's Club, participation in many jazz workshops, and several successful festival appearances including Bracknell, Newcastle and Leuven (Belgium).
An album, Beauty of the Unexpected, and the quality of the original compositions, resulted in a commission to write and perform a suite in collaboration with the Belgian Radio Orchestra. This was followed by an invitation to perform with the same orchestra as guest pianist for a special Frank ZAPPA tribute concert and CD recording.
In 1997 his new trio rEvolution developed the style of music first heard with FULL CIRCLE, and has performed as support to Don GROLNICK and Billy COBHAM.
In 1997 Paul FLUSH worked with jazz giant John SURMAN and Northumbrian piper Kathryn TICKELL on a special project of original music commissioned by the Stockton Riverside International Festival. He appears on a number of Kathryn's albums including The Gathering.
He also played with Hugh HOPPER (bassist with SOFT MACHINE), and U.S. baritone sax Nick BRIGNOLA.
Paul performed in the 20th Jazz Hoeilaart Festival near Brussels with MILKSHAKE BANANA (the VANDENDRIESSCHE Brothers), featuring special guest Toots THIELEMANS (harmonica).
Now living in Belgium, Paul FLUSH has joined pianist Charles LOOS and drummer Luc VANDEN BOSCH in a new Hammond/piano trio format, MENAGE ARTOIS.
With Johan VANDENDRIESSCHE and Frank MICHIELS He recorded the acclaimed CD Action-Reaction (Lyrae 20022 C). A second double CD, Kazzbah, wasreleased in September 2003.
Paul is featured extensively (playing Hammond) on Marc MOULIN's latest CD Top Secret (Blue Note), as well as the 5-track Organ remix CD by Marc Moulin (also Blue Note). Paul is currently performing with international DJ SVEN VAN HEES with his new live project SVEN VAN HEES & THE SVENGALI SQUAD (Blue Note Festival, Haarlem Jazz Festival).
Paul has just finished recording a new album with Tony CHRISTIE at Lansdowne Studios in London, August 2006. The CD also features the great Martin Taylor on guitar.