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Paul Murphy

Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: January 25, 1949    

Paul Murphy

Truly a master improviser, Paul was a child prodigy drummer by the age of 7. He studied with Joseph Leavitt, the director of percussion at the Peabody Conservatory of music.

By the age of 11, his musical training was further enhanced by attending seminars conducted by the legendary Louie Bellson, soon becoming a student and protégé of Gene Krupa. By the age of 16 he was working with Duke Ellington’s Bassist Billy Taylor. Paul played on the jazz/blues circuit for years before he moved to the west coast and became one of the original innovators of Avant-Garde Jazz in California’s San Francisco Bay area...
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”Improvisation this clean can only arise through expertise, confidence and vision.” ~Lyn Horton

”An arch colorist and master of percussive texture . . . “ ~Derek Taylor

”A real powerhouse of innovation, energy and depth . . .” ~Henry Rollins

  • Excursions

    Murphy Records
    2008
  • Expose

    Murphy Records
    2008
  • The Trip

    Soul Note
    2006
  • Seven Samurai / Budapest Chachacha

    Soul Note
    2006

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