Paul English is an internationally recognized composer, pianist, producer and educator. He is well-known to Texas audiences as an outstanding jazz pianist who has performed and recorded with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Arnett Cobb, David Liebman, David “Fathead” Newman, Bud Shank, Mark O’Connor and John Patitucci. Alumni of the high-spirited Paul English Group of the 1980’s include Kirk Whalum, Dwight Sills, Tony Campise, Tod Vullo, Herman Matthews, Tim Harris, Tom Cummings and Hal Robinson.
A native Texan and longtime Houston resident, Paul enjoys performing locally with his various jazz and classical crossover groups: PICO (Paul’s Improvising Chamber Orchestra), PIVO (Paul’s Improvising Vocal Orchestra), The Paul English Jazz Quartet, et al. His jazz groups of the 1980s and 1990s were a vital part of a vibrant jazz scene in Houston and were instrumental in the establishment of most of the successful jazz venues at that time and since. Currently he tours internationally with his Touring Jazz Quartet, as a solo artist and with his crossover group, PICO.
Paul has also recorded with and arranged songs for country legends Willie Nelson, Ray Price and Johnny Bush. He has composed music for film, theatre, choral groups, symphony and chamber orchestras and his own performing ensembles.
Surrounded by breathtaking views of the gorgeous Texas Hill Country, Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studios is the finest state-of-the-art recording studio and concert venue in the Southwest. At Paul English Live, the concert audience in these beautiful halls will also be a part of a simultaneous audio and video production promoting Paul’s newest CD, “Cloud Illusions” (release date Feb 2018). Along with his jazz trio, Paul English Live will feature the bright new singing sensation, Elisha Jordan. Expect to hear some selections from the new CD, as well as jazz standards and some of Paul’s own compositions.