ICYMI Deer Park Jazz Band Performed with Jazz Legend

March 21, 2014

The Deer Park High School Jazz Band hosted jazz legend Philip Paul and his quintet at Crawford Auditorium for two free performances. The performances offered the students the opportunity to come in contact with a musician who has performed with some legendary acts, serving to diversify their exposure to the musical world.  The concert was brought to Deer Park free of charge, and was facilitated by Dave Denis, a friend to the Deer Park community.

"It's important for students to be exposed to as many diverse musical experiences as possible. It's especially thrilling to have the opportunity to have them to come in contact with living history,” said Matt Suddendorf, Director of Deer Park Bands. “Opportunities like this, while few and far between, serve to inspire young musicians to aspire to greater musical accomplishment.  It was a genuine pleasure to have the privilege of working with Mr. Paul and his fellow musicians!"

Philip Paul was impressed with the enthusiasm and talent from the Deer Park students and musicians that he promised to return next year. While Philip Paul is the legend, the students were equally impressed his trombonist performed with Ray Charles.

Drummer Phillip Paul played on some of the greatest, most important records ever made in music and his many accolades attest to his genius. In 2002, Paul was honored by the Cincinnati Enquirer with a Lifetime CAMMY Award for his contributions to the music and culture of the city. In 2009, Paul and his wife, Juanita were honored at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, as part of their "From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits.” Also in 2009, he was honored with the  Ohio Heritage Fellowship for the Performing Arts, which is Ohio's highest honor bestowed on traditional artist.

Despite his many hits, Paul has always considered himself a jazz musician: “I always played Jazz...When you are labeled a session drummer, you have to play everything...but on the street, where I’m working and making a living, I’m playing jazz all the time.”

It is a great day to be a Wildcat!