Primary Instrument: Guitar
In 2005 Paul Brady graduated from DePaul University with a degree in jazz studies. During that summer he performed with the Hot Club of Detroit for the first time. Within weeks following that performance at the Detroit Jazz Festival, the band was asked to record for Mack Avenue Records and Brady was invited to be a full time member. From 2005 to 2007, Brady was also on the faculty at the David Adler Center for Music and Arts in Libertyville, Illinois. There he taught guitar, bass and jazz improvisation while freelancing as a guitarist in Chicago. As a classical guitarist, Brady made his recital debut as a part of the Adler Center's Faculty Concert Series, which included performances of chamber music with Mezzo soprano Cecila Hall and members of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. Brady has also studied conducting with Michael Lewanski and Kenneth Kiesler.
An active producer, Brady co-organizes the Detroit Django Reinhardt Festival along with HCOD leader Evan Perri. The two continue to bring this festival into the mainstream by prompting sponsorship and bringing in nationally known guest artists, who have included Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Anat Cohen, James Carter.
Brady made his debut as a record producer in 2008, working with the Chicago jazz trio Kaleidoscope whose release Map to the Ocean is available through jazzexchange.org. Brady finished producing the debut CD for the Chicago based flamenco trio, Idilio, which released in the spring of 2009.
As a writer, Brady has contributed to the to the encyclopedia of jazz musicians at jazz.com and is a columnist and blogger for the magazine Wine and Jazz. He is also the author of It's About That Time, a music, wine, and finer things blog. Most recently, Brady was a contributing editor to the online edition of Jazz: the first 100 Years, by Dr. Keith Waters and Dr. Henry Martin.
Brady attended Rutgers University at Newark, where he taught part time while completing his Master's thesis in Jazz History and Research on Django Reinhardt. Brady lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and continues to perform with the Hot Club of Detroit and as a free lance jazz/classical guitarist, while writing, producing and teaching.
Paul is currently playing the 14 Fret Orchestre guitar made by Manouche Guitars.