is originally from Brooklyn New York. After graduating from Hofstra University, he began performing in Manhattan jazz clubs, cabarets and hotels. In 1988, Paul was scheduled to appear in the “Cirque Room” at the Fairmont Hotel, in San Francisco. After critical acclaim, the original 8 week engagement was extended several times, ultimately lasting a full year. By then the Bay Area had won Paul’s heart and he decided to relocate, making San Francisco his new home. In 1992, Paul was hired by the Mark Hopkins Hotel to perform six nights a week at the famous, “Top of the Mark.” Shortly after he began, he convinced the hotel management to allow him to put together a trio for dancing. Paul and his trio appeared nightly at the Mark for the next five years. Dancing at the Top of the Mark is a tradition that continues to this date.
In 1990, Paul wrote to Betty Ford, at the Betty Ford Center asking if he could create a show that might fit in with the program. Mrs. Ford wrote back to Paul and after several phone calls, at the request of Mrs. Ford and the Program Director, Paul began appearing at the Eisenhower Memorial Theater as a way to raise awareness about drug and alcohol addiction. The performances were open to the public but also provided entertainment to those enrolled at the Betty Ford Clinic. His shows, aptly called, “Jazz Without Booze” were a great success that led to an ongoing relationship between Paul, Betty Ford and the Center. Each year, Mrs. Ford also hosted the Morningside Golf Club Celebrity Tournament. It was a great compliment that she chose Paul to headline at the evening event. Paul would later tell critic Gerald Nachman of the San Francisco Chronicle, “One of the greatest moments of my life was seeing how proud my father was when I introduced him to President and Mrs. Ford. He later told me that it was the first time he had realized how far I had come both personally, and musically.”
Here’s a copy of Mrs. Ford’s letter to Paul
Some of the musicians who have influenced Paul through the years are: Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson. Paul also enjoys listening to Sarah Vaughan, Anita O’Day, Maxine Sullivan and especially, Ella Fitzgerald, Kay Starr and Rosemary Clooney, with whom he had developed special friendships.
In 2005, Paul was hired as Entertainment Director at Bing Crosby‘s in Walnut Creek, where he also performed with his band six nights a week. During his time at Bing Crosby’s, he released a CD entitled,
“A Sentimental Journey.”
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“I Remember You” from “A Sentimental Journey”
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