Paul Peress Paul Peress

Latin jazz collaborations: Arturo O'Farrill, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff, Michael Mossman, Gabriela Anders, Candido, David Amram, Claudette Sierra, Edsel Gomez, Oriente Lopez, Ruben Rodriguez, Armando Gola, John Benitez...

Adult Contemporary, Jazz Fusion, and Rock-n-Soul collaborations: Chaka Khan, Brenda Russell, Tom Scott, Phil Perry, The B- 52's, Moby, Stephen Bishop, Guy Davis, Regina Belle, Mary Wilson ...

Bandmembers have included: Brenda Russell, Phil Perry, Jeff Golub, Tom Scott, Gerald Veasley, Brandon Fields, Michael Paulo, Lew Soloff, Michael Mossman, Mark Whitfield, John Tropea, Russell Ferrante, Mitch Forman, Clifford Carter, Helio Alves, Mo Pleasure, Glenn Alexander, Pat Kelley, Arturo O'Farrill, Edsel Gomez, Dan Siegel, Ruben Rodriguez, Anthony Jackson, Abraham Laboriel, Jimmy Haslip, Lincoln Goines, Will Lee, Mark Egan, Alphonso Johnson...

Paul is the son of a prolific poet, and an accomplished classical music conductor. Of Puerto Rican heritage, Paul grew up on the Gulf of Mexico in Corpus Christi, Texas. When he turned 5, his aunt sent him a “music minus one for drummers” record, with a pair of drumsticks; he was transfixed, and immediately started lobbying to play the drums. So, for his 6th birthday, a big package came in the mail - and after Paul tore it open, he found nestled inside, a shiny, delicate violin. He thus began with the violin at the age of 6, switched to trumpet at 12, playing in the Jr. High School marching band, yet always rallying to play the drums. His father got the post as music director of the Kansas City Philharmonic, and after the move, Paul befriended the principal percussionist, Vince Bilardo, who helped convince Paul's father to get him a drumset; so, at 17, Paul got a set of red-sparkle Gretsch drums!

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Tags

”A Must See Artist and Master Drummer.” Los Angeles Times

“Un Gran Talento.” El Vocero de Puerto Rico

“AWAKENING combines the adventurous harmonies of Steely Dan with the smooth-jazz silkiness of Al Jarreau into a compelling groove that pushes the boundaries of adult- contemporary radio.” GUITAR WORLD - Joe Lalaina

“Paul’s performance was just perfect, exactly what was needed to introduce this diverse audience to something that they could enjoy and discover.” BET ST. LUCIA JAZZ FESTIVAL Yves Renard - Director

“Paul Peress brought the curtain down with his diverse group of musicians from South America and the US and his funky, jazzy, multi-cultural sounds

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Primary Instrument

Drums

Location

Los Angeles

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Teach a very select group of students in NYC (Manhattan). With an emphasis on reading, time, dynamics, listening, playing for the music. All genres: Jazz, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, R-n-B, Rock, Funk, Fusion, Blues. Serious study only. Available for instruction Mon - Fri. $100/hr

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Albums

Album Can't Let Go by Paul Peress

Can't Let Go

Next Step Music
2009

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