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Paul Carr

Known for his hard-charging and soulful post-bop style, saxophonist Paul Carr upholds the important tradition of the Texas tenor. Growing up, he studied and played with local heroes including saxophonist Don Wilkerson, the fabled educator Conrad Johnson, and the legendary Arnett Cobb. He studied two years on a full scholarship at Texas Southern University and completed his degree in music performance at Howard University in Washington, DC.

Since then, Carr has been based in the DC area performing on the local scene at venues including Blues Alley, Twins Jazz, Takoma Station, and the now-defunct (but once vibrant) One Step Down. Carr has been a repeat performer at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Jazz Café, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s jazz series.

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Location

Silver Spring, MD

Credentials/Background

Carr’s strong commitment to jazz is most evident in his role as an educator. After over twenty years of teaching privately, Carr launched the Jazz Academy of Music, Inc., a 501 C-3 non-profit corporation dedicated to “advancing and preserving jazz through jazz education” via year-round workshops and a summer camp where Carr and a staff of local musicians teach high school students the principles of improvisation, through small group and big band playing. His students have been selected for local, state, and national jazz groups; including the Maryland All-State Jazz Ensemble, the IAJE Clifford Brown Fellows, and Grammy National High School Honors Jazz Ensemble

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Albums

Straight Ahead Soul
Straight Ahead Soul
PCJE
2010
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Musically Yours
Musically Yours
PCJE
2008
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Musically Yours: Remembering Joe Henderson
Musically Yours:...
PCJE
2008
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Just Noodlin'
Just Noodlin'
Jazz Karma
2006
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  • Dorothy
    Dorothy
    Paul Carr
    Paul Carr B3 Sessions (DC-NY

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