Paul Meyers has been active in the NY Jazz scene for many years and has performed and/or recorded with an ever growing list of jazz greats such as Geri Allen, Harry Allen, Karrin Allyson, Kenny Barron, Gene Bertoncini, Ron Carter, Ray Drummond, Eliane Elias, Clare Fischer, Sonny Fortune, Eddie Gomez, Marc Johnson, Nancy King, Wynton Marsalis, George Mraz, Rufus Reid, Claudio Roditi, Annie Ross, David Sanchez, Frank Wess, Jack Wilkins, Kenny Werner and many more. He’s also toured for years with two of the greatest jazz singers ever – Jon Hendricks since 1993, and Andy Bey from 1997 to 2008. In NYC he has worked at all of the major jazz clubs. Paul was also part of the trio that performed nightly at Windows on the World and was the featured solo guitarist at the Rainbow Room Bar for one summer.
International performances include Japan and Hong Kong with the Salute to Duke Ellington Orchestra (along with Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis and Joe Wilder) – Spain with the great percussionist Cafe – Brazil, France, Germany, Switzerland, England, and Italy with Jon Hendricks – Brazil, England, Spain. Portugal, Macedonia, Greece and the Netherlands with Andy Bey (also a duo performance with him in Paris, opening up for McCoy Tyner) – Japan with Pablo Ziegler and again w/Karrin Allison, and Argentina with Gary Burton. Burton also recorded Paul’s tune Panama on his “Reunion” CD with Pat Metheny.
Paul has made a number of critically acclaimed CDs – I Let a Song Go (2012), Welcome Home (2011) – Paul Meyers Quartet featuring Frank Wess (2010) – World on a String (2010) – Dusk to Dawn (2004), Brasil & Company (2001) Spirit and Samba (2000) – Euforia (1998), Blues for the Millennium (1997). – [please visit the media kit to see all reviews, hear tracks from the CDs in the CDs section, and read descriptions of thesevarious projects as well as upcoming ones in the news pages.]
As a sideman, Paul has contributed to many CDs, notably three with Andy Bey, the Grammy nominated American Song, Tuesdays in Chinatown, and Shades of Bey. Others include Hearts and Minds with Susannah McCorkle,w 4 on 6 x 5 with the New York Jazz Guitar Ensemble, and three Latin/Brazilian jazz recordings featuring all original music – Lucky with Hans Teuber, Obeah with Santi Debriano, and Utatuba with Kimson Plaut.
A very active player in New York’s vibrant Brazilian and Latin jazz scenes, working with such greats as Eliane Elias, Jovino Santos Neto and Emilio Santiago. Paul was also a long-time member of the Terra Brasil, which featured pianist/composer Cidinho Teixeira and vocalist Vera Mara, both veterans of the great Gilberto Gil’s band. He later co-led Brasil & Company with Ms. Mara, and they released a highly regarded CD as well. He has performed in New York and Tokyo with the great Tango-jazz pianist and composer Pablo Zeigler (Astor Piazzola’s pianist) and is featured along with Stephon Harris on the live CD Tango meets Jazz. He returned to Tokyo to play the Blue Note with vocalist Karrin Allison, performing music from her Brazilian CD Imagina. Recently he played with Brazilian greats Marcos Valle and Paula Morelenbaum at Birdland as part of the BossaBrasil festival. Paul was also featured on Deodato’s soundtrack for the film Bossa Nova
Paul received a 1990/91 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for jazz composition and holds an Masters of Music in jazz guitar from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelors of Music with honors from the New England Conservatory. He studied with Gene Bertoncini, Jackie Byard, Barry Galbraith, George Russell, Chuck Wayne and Jack Wilkins. Paul teaches jazz guitar, improvisation and coaches jazz and Brazilian ensembles at William Patterson University (since 1988) and at New Jersey City University (since 1993), and he also taught at the first year of the Jazz for Teens program at NJPAC in Newark.
He has given numerous clinics, master classes and workshops, traveling as far away as Argentina, Hawaii and Alaska. Paul also endorses Fishman amplifiers.