Paul Carr - Saxophonist, Educator, Bandleader, Composer, Producer|
Paul Carr - Saxophonist, Educator, Bandleader, Composer, Producer |
Paul, 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 heroes such as the late Houstonians Arnett Cobb and Don Wilkerson who
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, whose director, 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.
Paul is passionately committed to the education of children and particularly as it relates
to the preservation of jazz. In 2002, he founded
The Jazz Academy of Music Inc, which hosts
summer camps and jazz ensembles for kids throughout the year. Several of his students
have been admitted and even received full scholarships to some of the top music schools
and conservatories in the country.
Paul has recorded 5 CD’s, which have been well received by critics and jazz fans alike. His new
CD “DC-NYC Organ Sessions” was just release in September, 2014 and as of this writing is #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.
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.
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