Paul Carr

Paul Carr

Festival Schedule

Friday

8:30 PMVanessa Rubin
Featuring: Vanessa Rubin Quartet with special guest, Paul Carr and Allyn Johnson, Peter Dominguez, Alvin Atkinson
Session #1PerformanceRonnie Wells Main Stage
8:00 PMPaul Carr's Discovery Act
Featuring: AMP Trio
PerformanceDiscovery Stage
10:00 PMPaul Carr's Discovery Act
Featuring: AMP Trio
PerformanceDiscovery Stage

Saturday

10:00 AMJazz Academy of Music
Featuring: Jazz Academy Ensemble
PerformanceAtrium (Free Stage)

Paul Carr, Director

12:00 PMClinic: "Demystifying Improvisation"ClinicBilly Taylor Room

Presented by Paul Carr

8:00 PMPaul Carr's Discovery Act
Featuring: Kelsi Bolden & Friends
PerformanceDiscovery Stage
10:00 PMPaul Carr's Discovery Act
Featuring: Kelsi Bolden & Friends
PerformanceDiscovery Stage

Sunday

6:00 PMPaul Carr Quartet
Featuring: Jamie Davis
Session #5PerformanceRonnie Wells Main Stage
8:00 PMPaul Carr's Discovery Act
Featuring: Kristina Koller
PerformanceDiscovery Stage
10:00 PMPaul Carr's Discovery Act
Featuring: Kristina Koller
PerformanceDiscovery Stage

Bio

PAUL CARR

Paul Carr, a Houston native and 1985 Howard University graduate, has dedicated his professional career to mastering the saxophone and the art of Jazz. He carries on the Texas tenor tradition espoused by great heroessuch as the late Houstonians Arnett Cobb and Don Wilkersonwho served as his early idols and mentors. He grew up in inner-city Houston,Texas and was a member of the Kashmere High School Stage Band, whosedirector, the late Conrad Johnson, is the subject of a documentary, Thunder Soul, produced by actor, Jamie Foxx.

Though never having had private music lessons, Paul has received several outstanding musician awards at high school and college jazz festivals.  Carr & Clark:  Soulful Serenity is Paul’s sixth CD, all of which have been well received by critics and jazz fans alike. His previous CD “DC-NYC Organ Sessions” reached #9 on the Jazz Week radio play charts.  His CD released in 2013, “Standard Domain,” reached #3 on the Jazz Week radio play chart and stayed on the chart for 16 weeks.  Paul has toured Russia, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Central and South America and has shared the stage with many of the greatest names in jazz.

Paul was a favorite of President Clinton during his term in office and Paul performed at many of the Clinton’s private events.  He also did a special performance for the late King Hussein and Queen Noir of Jordan at their residence in Aqaba, Jordan.

Paul is passionately committed to the education of children and particularly as it relates to the preservation of jazz.  He is currently the Adjunct Jazz Ensemble Director at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College.

In 2002, he founded the Jazz Academy of Music, which hosts summer camps and jazz ensembles for kids throughout the year, and produces the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Fesitval. Paul has changed the lives of hundreds of his students by selflessly sharing his knowledge of music and life.  Several of his students have been admitted and even received full scholarships to some of the top music schools and conservatories in the country.  In fact, five of Paul students have been admitted to the prestigious Julliard School of Music in New York.  Many of his former students are touring and performing all over the world, sharing the stage with some of the top names in jazz music today.  Paul’s work was acknowledged in 2012 by ABC Channel 7 News when he was selected as a “Harris Hero” for his amazing work with music students across the area.   Most recently in March 2014, Paul received the prestigious, Howard University, “Benny Golson Jazz Master Award”, for his outstanding work as a performer, presenter and educator.  He most recently served as a panelist at the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus where he spoke on the importance of jazz educationand advocated for a Bill currently being vetted in Congress that will offer federal support toward the advancement and preservation of traditional jazz.

Finally, in 2010, Paul re-established the East Coast Jazz Festival as the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, and serves as its Executive and Artistic Director.  The festival enjoys over 2,000 attendees that travel from states across the U.S. and beyond.  Held every Presidents Day weekend in Rockville, MD, the festival incorporates a strong educational component, with a high school band competition and free master classes for students as well as an entertainment component with performances by NEA Jazz Masters, such as Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, and Roy Haynes, just to name of few.  When you think of anambassador for jazz musictoday, you have got to include Paul Carr in thatgrouping,as his work touches all fronts including jazzeducation, performance and presentation.

 

 

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Dreams of You

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Straight Ahead Soul

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Paul Carr and Mulgrew Miller, Black Narcissus

One Note Samba

This Masquerade Is Over

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