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Paul Santa Maria

Born: June 13, 1953    Primary Instrument: Guitar

I have been performing / composing and singing as a professional musician since age 12…first gig was for the junior class at the State University of New York at Buffalo for the installation of the newly-elected class President. Since that time, I have performed in literally thousands of bands, shows, etc. I am a multi-EMMY award winner for my children's music composition used by WPBT Miami, fl. I have also been a professional graphic artist and fine artist and have shown in Melbourne as well as other parts of the country. As part of my musical performance in the Pop, Jazz, Funk, Top 40, Latin, Classic Rock, Show Bands, it has been my privilege to be a member of, or a featured musician to such world-famous acts as:...
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Awards:

EMMY (multi, for children's music)
Johnny Speaks Paul Santa Maria (2002)

By Scott Andrews

Paul Santa Maria is a jazz guitarist, composer, and longtime bassist and studio engineer for Larry Coryell. In an ode to his 1961 Gibson Johnny Smith, Santa Maria plays eleven tracks of unaccompanied jazz guitar on his self-released 2002 CD Johnny Speaks.

The round tone of Santa Maria's vintage hollow-body guitar shimmers through these eleven tracks. The tunes are mostly short inventions and improvisations, running between one and two minutes each. Santa Maria makes full use of the unaccompanied format by slowing or speeding up the tempo to emphasize the emotional content of the music, as solo classical music performers often do. Most of the tracks include rhythm guitar chording, subtly mixed beneath the melodies. The songs are mellow in the tradition of hollow-body jazz guitar masters like Joe Pass or Wes Montgomery, but Santa Maria's compositions retain a unique flavor.

His playing is skillful and evocative, without ever being flashy or tawdry, like so many current fusion guitarists. The tone is simple and classic. Johnny Speaks was recorded in November 1984 and mastered to CD from analog cassette, according to the liner notes, but the slight tape hiss never detracts from the tonal range of Santa Maria's guitar.

Most of the tracks on Johnny Speaks are now available on Santa Maria's 32-track CD Invention, including several new collaborations with Larry Coryell. Fans of traditional jazz guitar should definitely check out Paul Santa Maria.

Visit Paul Santa Maria on the web.

Track listing: 1. Steam Bath; 2. Espana; 3. Autumn Dance; 4. Brewings; 5. Raintime; 6. Observations; 7. Observations 2; 8. Striptease; 9. Past Love; 10. Liberation Day; 11. The Last Word.

Personnel: Paul Santa Maria -- guitar.

Style: Mainstream/Bop/Hard Bop/Cool Published: November 25, 2004

As Leader

Invention
Handbird
2004
32 Tracks
Personnel: Paul Santa Maria: Guitar. Larry Coryell: Guitar. Michael Bianco: Guitar.

As A Side Musician

Voodoo Crossing, Gypsey Blood
Larry Coryell
Comet Records
2002
Purple Haze, House Burning Down
Personnel: Larry Coryell: Guitar. Paul Santa Maria : Bass Guitar

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Primary Instrument:
Guitar

Location:
Melbourne, FL

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
Rates: $17.00 per half hour in air conditioned studio. I have written my own copyrighted manual called "The Guitar Explained", if that tells you anything! Hours: Flexible from 11 am - 9 pm Mon- Thurs.

Too much...mostly Gibson, Korg.

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Invention
Self Produced (2004)

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