Paul Metzke is a consumate Jazz and Blues Guitarist; Versatile, Experienced, and Accomplished.
Over the past 30 years he has performed and/or recorded with some of the greatest Jazz and Blues Artists on the New York Music Scene :
Gil Evans Orchestra, Tony Williams Lifetime, Gato Barbieri, David Sanborn, Grover Washington jr, Elvin Jones, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Jim Hall, Joe Farrell, Woody Shaw, Al Foster, Lenny White, Stanley Clarke, Mike Mainieri, Ron Carter, Joe Chambers, Billy Hart, Steve Gadd, Sonny Fortune, Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, Anthony Jackson, Buster Williams, Sweet Georgia Brown, Nancy Wilson, Astrud Gilberto, Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Stephanie Mills, Freeda Payne, Will Lee, Marcus Miller, Grady Tate, Tony Levin, Charlie Haden, Warren Bernhardt, John Scofield, Roy Ayers, Paul Motian, Kenny Barron, Charlie Rouse, George Adams, Richard Davis, Bob Mintzer, Paquito D'Rivera, Joe Beck, Earl Klugh, Michael Franks, Eric Gale, Chico Hamilton, Larry Willis, Chet Baker, Harry Belafonte, Blue Mitchell, Donald Byrd, Lionel Hampton,Tom Harrell, Larry Young, Cornel Dupree, Bob Cranshaw, Cy Coleman, Paul Winter, Hilton Ruiz, Teo Macero, Danilo Perez, Mark Egan, John Hicks, Monty Alexander, Milt Hinton, The Johnny Copeland Blues Band. And in 2007, performing on an episode of "the Sopranos" with Nancy Sinatra and Southside Johnny.
Born in Detroit, Michigan and raised on the "Motown Sound".
Paul started playing Guitar at age 12. His major influences on Guitar would be:
Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, Freddy King, Jeff Beck,
Stevie Ray Vaughn, Larry Carlton, Paco De Lucia, and John McLaughlin.
"Paul Metzke has crafted a sound and style that is; immediately recognizable, skillfully articulated, original, personal, powerful, and passionate. With the feeling of the Blues, the energy and vitality of Rock, and the freedom and spontaneity of Jazz".
"Paul Metzke flys with sure-handed runs interspersed with hard bluesy riffs"
Ira Mayer /New York Post
The latest Paul Metzke CD, "Feeling Mighty Nice" is "a soulful synthesis of: Jazz-Rock-Blues and Funk . Creating a unique musical fusion that is at once; Powerful, Energetic, Spontaneous, and Alive". Featuring 12 supercharged originals, rendered in his signature "Jazz with a Blues Attitude". PM Trio is:
Paul Metzke Electric Guitar --- Duke Newton Electric Bass ---Terry Silverlight Drums"
"A Jazz Guitar Power Trio playing Straight Ahead High-Energy Jazz-Rock-Blues-Fusion-Funk"
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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
Pianist and singer Barbara Carroll was host Marian McPartland's second guest during the first season of Piano Jazz. Thirty years later, Carroll makes a return appearance to reminisce with her friend about their experiences at the Hickory House and the Oak Room. Carroll gives a charming performance of "Very Early" and McPartland improvises a musical portrait of her guest.
The great composer and bandleader was distraught over the 1967 death of Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years. But Ellington took Strayhorn's passing as an impetus, born of necessity, to increase his own productivity. Here are five examples.
At the Village Vanguard, one flight down from the hubbub of New York City, in a tight space packed with people, we're about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who's launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.