“…whenever I mentioned to someone that I was writing about Paul English, they would immediately respond: “Paul English! I LOVE Paul English!” This is a musician who has made quite an impression on music lovers both casual and serious.” CultureMap
“When Paul English helped establish Cezanne… he probably had no idea the small club would become Houston's longest-running and most-respected outlet for jazz. Though his stint as Cezanne's first artistic director lasted less than a year, if it were not for English, the club likely never would have been conceived, let alone become a local institution. That's because when it comes to presenting jazz in town, English is something of a visionary.” Houston Press
Houston’s jazz icon in concert
Paul Englishis 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.
Elisha Jordan is currently the Artist in Residence at Sugar Land Baptist Church, Houston. She also performs throughout the greater Houston area as a guest artist and soloist. With a degree in vocal performance from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, she continued her education at the University of Houston. Elisha has sung and played saxophone with a Downbeat award-winning jazz band, was principal clarinetist in a top collegiate wind ensemble, and performed several leading roles in opera and musical theater productions. She continues to perfect her craft by studying with renowned pianist and composer, Paul English, and Kim Nazarian of the Grammy award-winning vocal group, the New York Voices. One of Elisha's strongest attributes as a singer is her ability to move with ease and adapt stylistically between many different genres of music, but her heart belongs to the world of jazz.