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Paul Jordanous is a trumpeter, pianist, composer & arranger based in South London.
A regular on the Jazz, Funk and Soul scenes for the last 13 years, Paul has recorded on over 60 releases, including his critically acclaimed debut album 'And Now I Know' with the Paul Jordanous Ensemble. Blues & Soul Magazine reviewed 'And Now I Know', commenting: "It has all the hallmarks of a classic, here is an artist who has paid his due, bided his time and struck when the moment was right. Jordanous's calibre as a masterful craftsman is a treasure to behold. Expect alot more from this cat!" Further reviews describe "Jordanous as a formidable player with prodigious chops" (Richie Rainlore), and "Paul is a force of jazz nature, soaring be-bop lines mixed with the pin-point accuracy of classical technique and achingly gorgeous melodic lines." (Oxford Jazz Cellar).
Over the years, Pauls' bands have included top British jazz musicians including: Mornington Lockett, Paul Booth, Laurence Cottle, Simon Allen, Kit Downes, Lewis Wright, Piers Green, Max Luthert, Duncan Eagles, Trevor Mires, Tom White, Kevin Glasow, Mike Bradley, Chris Nickolls, Mark Rose, Bill Mudge, Sam Leak, Steve Pringle, Leo Appleyard & Alam Nathoo and American musicians Ted Carrasco, Dean Mongerio & Mike Newman.
He has toured in over 40 countries around the world and performed with: Clark Tracey Sextet, Bobby Worth Quintet, New York Voices, Martha High, Lemar, Joss Stone, Matt Cardle, Shola Ama, Jodie Prenger, The Toasters, Monophonics, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Nine Below Zero, Matt Berry, Omar, Finley Quaye, Mike Garrick Jazz Orchestra, Don Weller Big Band, Norman Connors, Carleen Anderson, Michael Henderson, Mica Paris, Atomic Hooligan, David Essex, Jean Carne, Speedometer, Push, Baker Brothers, Sir Joe Quarterman, SOS Band, Atlantic Starr, Keni Burke, Peter King, Colin Towns Mask Orchestra, Down To The Bone, Don Weller & Alan Barnes among many others.
Currently Paul has 2 active bands, contemporary Jazz group PAUL JORDANOUS ENSEMBLE, and a 13 piece Jazz/ Funk/ Soul group NEW DIRECTIONS PROJECT. He is also a member of a variety of bands as sideman, including:
UK Funk bands SPEEDOMETER, PUSH and the JEZEBEL SEXTET; Mod Rock & Blues band NINE BELOW ZERO; NYC ska band THE TOASTERS; UK Jazz/ Pop Saxophonist YOLANDA BROWN, New Orleans groups BRASS VOLCANOES & PRIME TIME STREET BAND; Rock/ Fusion/ Funk band CIRCUS V111; jazz bands BOBBY WORTH QUINTET (with Gareth Williams, Dave Green & Simon Allen), WILL GIBSON SEPTET, TOM WHITE SEPTET, CARRASCO ENSEMBLE, EDDY WHITE SEXTET; & jazz fusion bands GIANNI CHIARELLO & THE SAME BEAT, MR LITTLES NOISY BAND & GOGO. He regularly records and performs with Medway Scene Bands GROOVY UNCLE, and GRAHAM DAY & THE SENIOR SERVICE, and also plays keyboards for Electornic/ nu jazz band URCHIN, and pop jazz swing band SAPPHIRE SWING. He is part of the SHADES OF SOUL BAND, backing many American Soul/ RnB Artists for shows around London and the U.K. Recently he has played for Prog Rock/ Folk/ Jazz artist and TV celebrity MATT BERRY & THE MAYPOLES (IT Crowd/ Mighty Boosh), Folk Singer/ Multi Instrumentalist GILL SANDELL & has joined up with numerous American bands whilst on tour, including Jamaican Jazz/ Ska band VOID UNION from Boston, Psychedelic Soul Band MONOPHONICS from San Fransisco & Blues band NATHANIEL RATELIFF & NIGHT SWEATS, from Denver.
He regularly deputises with REDTENBACHER'S ORCHESTRA, CROWD COMPANY, THE STAX BAND, WINSTON ROLLINS BIG BAND, GABRIEL GARRICK BIG BAND, MRS H & THE SINGALONG BAND.
Paul works regularly with bands for corporate and private functions, arranging horn sections and bands for high profile events across the country, from cocktail jazz to 10 piece pop party band sets. He has worked with countless function bands in major London venues including: The Dorchester Hotel, The Savoy, National Theatre, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Langham Hotel, Shoredich Town Hall, HMS Belfast, The Arts Club (Mayfair), Microsoft HQ, Somerset House, Thorpe Park, Hyde Park, Heron Tower, One Whitehall Place, Hampton Court Palace, Kew Gardens, Alexander Palace and the Royal Chelsea Flower Show. Recently he has performed at Olympic Park for both the Olympics and Paralympics, for England sporting events at Twickenham Stadium (Rugby), Wembley Stadium (Football - including the FA's celebrated 100 year anniversary), and Lords Cricket Ground. For the Rugby World Cup 2015, Paul performed regularly at both Twickenham and Olympic Stadium, featuring on television numerous times, including for the World Cup Final. He has performed at many celebrity events, award ceremonies, private business and celebratory functions and has performed for Prince William and Kate Middleton, Princes of UAE and for many well known celebrities and multinational companies world wide. Around England he has performed events at (selected): St Georges Hall, Liverpool; Southampton Guild Hall; Bournemouth International Centre (BIC); Birmingham Metropole Hilton; Media City UK, Manchester; Sandown Park Racecourse. Further afield Paul has performed high end functions on both trumpet and piano for events in Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Russia, Greece, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Maldives, Sweden and Abu Dhabi aswell as many more in the UK and Abroad.
U.K. Venues performed at (selected):
Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Theatre (London), National Theatre, Hyde Park, Ronnie Scotts, HMV Forum, Koko, Somerset House, Cargo, Scala, LSO St Luke's, Jazz Cafe (Camden), 606 Club, Pizza Express (Dean Street), Pheasantry, Spice Of Life, Borderline, Bar Fly, Bush Hall, Village Underground, Union Chapel, Brooklyn Bowl @ 02 Arena (Greenwich), Manchester Apollo, Royal Northern College Of Music, Band On The Wall, Bridgewater Hall (All Manchester), Cavern Club (Liverpool), Hoochie Coochie (Newcastle), Yardbird (Birmingham), Wardrobe (Leeds), Corn Exchange (Cornwall), Turner Sims Concert Hall (Southampton), Belgrade Theatre (Coventry), St David's Hall (Cardiff), Light House Theatre (Poole), BIC (Bournemouth), St Georges Hall (Bradford), Jam House (Birmingham)
UK Festivals performed at: Glastonbury, Lovebox, Glade, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown, Rebellion, Wilderness, Twinwood, Ska Splash, London International Ska Festival, Global Gathering, Winter Wonderland, British Summer Time Festival, London Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, Bracknell International Jazz Festival, Ealing Jazz Festival, Larmer Tree, Cornbury, Ealing Blues Festival, British Jazz Festival (Ronnie Scott's), Beach Breaks Live, Marlborough Jazz Festival, Notting Hill Carnival, Together The People, New Day, Blackpool Luxury Soul Weekender, Butlins Soul Weekender (Bognor Regis)
- La Garrorock (Bordeaux, FRANCE) - La Defense (Paris, FRANCE) - Funky Elephant (Helsinki, FINLAND) - Vinã Rock (Albacete, SPAIN) - Rototom (Benàcissim, SPAIN) - Calanda Spring (Chur, SWITZERLAND) - Electric Castle (Cluj, ROMANIA) - Transylvania International Film Festival (Cluj, ROMANIA) - Roubaix Vintage Weekender (Lille, FRANCE) - Jazz Re:Freshed (Milan, ITALY) - Moers Jazz (Moers, GERMANY) - Wien Jazz (Vienna, AUSTRIA) - St Paul's Soul Jazz (Trois Cheàteux, FRANCE) - Django Reinhardt Festival (Samois Sur Seine, FRANCE) - Nice Jazz Festival (Nice, FRANCE) - Harley Davidson Euro Festivals @
(Rome, ITALY), (St Tropez, FRANCE) (Faak am see, AUSTRIA) (Biograd, CROATIA) - Holy Groove Festival (Lausanne, SWITZERLAND) - Blue Blues Festival (Pescara, ITALY)
Paul has shared the stage and supported: John Schofield, De La Soul, The Roots, Larry Graham & Grand Central Station, Lonnie Liston Smith, Roy Ayers, Bonnie Tyler, Mike & The Mechanics, Adam Ant, Fatboy Slim, Sly & The Family Stone, Giles Peterson, Mungo Jerry, Hiatus Kayote, Brian Wilson, Lee Fields, Charles Bradley, Jools Holland, James Taylor Quartet, Guru & MC Solaar,
Alexia Coley Angelo Starr (USA) Atlantic Starr (USA) Baby Sol Baker Brothers Ben L'oncle Soul (FRANCE) Big Trains Haymaker Boom Yeah! Carleen Anderson (USA) Cheree Brown (USA) Circus V111 Cool Million (USA) Corrina Greyson Crowd Company David Essex Debbie Taylor (USA) Down To The Bone Finlay Quaye Gizelle Smith Jean Carne (USA) Jezebel Sextet Joss Stone Keni Burke (USA) Kings Mews Lemar Levi Roots Lilly Dior (AUSTRALIA) Marcus Foster Martha High (USA) Matt Cardle Mica Paris Michael Henderson (USA) Mighty Mocambos (GERMANY) Monophonics (USA) Mr Little's Noisy Band New Street Adventure Noel Mckoy Norman Connors (USA) Ola Onabule Omar Push Randa Khamis (AUSTRALIA) RB Funkestra w/ Brendan Reilly
Shingai Soniwa (Noisettes)
Shola Ama Si Cranstoun Sir Joe Quarterman (USA) SOS Band (USA) Soul Immigrants Soul Purpose w/ Michelle John, Katie Leone, Chris Balin & Andrea Lisa Grant Soul Trippers Speedometer The Get Up The Snitch The Stax Band Tuomo (FINLAND) Valentine Brothers (USA)
Alex Hutton Septet Bad Ass Brass BBC Big Band Big Band Metheny w/ Phil Robson Bob Barter Qnt w/ Jimmy Hastings Bobby Worth Qnt Brass Volcanoes Bruno D'Ambra Organ Quartet Carrasco Ensemble Clark Tracey New Quintet Clark Tracey Sextet Clement Regert's Wildcard Colin Towns Mask Orchestra Dan Redding Project Dean Mongerio Inter/change Band Ding Dong Daddios Don Weller Big Band Frank Griffiths Nonet Gary Crosby Quintet Gianni Chiarello & The Same Beat Glenn Miller Orchestra GoGo Hugh Turner 4tet w/ Frank Tontoh Jack Honeybourne Quintet Jack Pack Joe Stilgoe Quintet Kieron Garret 4tet w/ Dave O Higgins Leo Green Experience Lillian Boutte (USA) London Gay Big Band feat. Dan Koek Michael Garrick Orchestra Mihály Borbély (HUNGARY) Mike Di Rubbo (USA) National Youth Jazz Orchestra New York Voices (USA) Nick Mills Blue Note Project NYJO Nonet "Tomorrow's Faces" Paul Booth's Harbour Orchestra Paul Busby Big Band Pendulum Orchestra Pendulum Qnt w/ Alan Barnes Pendulum Qnt w/ Peter King Pendulum Qnt w/ Stan Sulzmann Phoebe Gorry Band Prime Time Street Band Richard Shepherd Big Band RNCM Session Orchestra Roy's Big Smoke Family Simon Bates Big Band Tom White Septet Trevor Tomkins Quintet Vince Dunn Orchestra Will Gibson Septet Winston Rollins Big Band Yolanda Brown Band
Atomic Hooligan Bad Family Barnaby Ray Quartet BBC Concert Orchestra Ben Portsmouth TCE Band Brandon Block British Calypsonian All Star Band The Dualers Gill Sandell Graham Day & The Senior Service Groovy Uncle Halls Junior Thomas (USA) Konkoma Len Price 3 London Afrobeat Collective Marcus Malone Matt Berry & The Maypoles Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (USA) Nine Below Zero Paper Street Soap Company Paul Cox Rickstar Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion Scott Mckeon Sidewalk Doctors Soundspecies