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PAUL PERESS PROJECT - NEWS:

INTERNATIONAL NYC-BASED JAZZ ARTIST, PRODUCER, COMPOSER, DRUMMER & BANDLEADER ...

PAUL PERESS CELEBRATEST HIS BAND'S 18TH YEAR, AND HAS ENJOYED PLAYING FOR AND MEETING WONDERFUL MUSIC FANS IN OVER 20 COUNTRIES. "THE PAUL PERESS PROJECT", CONTINUES WITH IT'S LATEST RELEASE, "CAN'T LET GO"... 2014 HAS BEEN AN AMAZING YEAR... WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT A SHOW SOON!!! SCROLL DOWN TO JOIN OUR MAILING LIST FOR UPCOMING DATES, PHOTOS, LINKS AND LATEST NEWS:


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PAST YEAR:

JOY OF JAZZ SOUTH AFRICA:
August of 2013 proved the culmination of two years of work, with Peress holding the drum chair in a Tribute to Johnny Dyani - exiled South African composer and contra bassist. Peress 4-part series at NY Historical Society's "Slavery in New York" exhibit, led him to be chosen as the rhythmic component of a very meaningful exposé of a South African atrocity during Apartheid... 12 Shows in 16 days, beginning with a concert at JOY OF JAZZ FESTIVAL, JOHANNESBURG, with the final concert taking place in SOWETO, on the very street that NELSON MANDELLA and BISHOP TUTU grew up on!

TEXAS JAZZ FESTIVAL:
Originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, Peress returned with his band to perform main stage at the TEXAS JAZZ FESTIVAL in his hometown! His childhood doctor, and classmates from Elementary through High-school showed up in what proved to be an emotional "full circle" for Peress - first time every performing in his hometown as a professional!

JAMAICA JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL:
January began with a return engagement at JAMAICA JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL 2014, with Paul's band featuring the legendary CHAKA KHAN! This concert also featured original TOTO lead singer, BOBBY KIMALL. The band played for a crowd of over 15,000 and "Unleashed Musical Magic"... with a "Memorable performance with patrons singing and dancing along..."

BARBADOS, BRITISH WEST INDIES:
Peress followed the Jamaica show with a trip to Barbados, performing with several local bands, including sitting in with sax virtuoso and mentor to local jazz artists, ARTURO TAPPIN, and culminating with a night leading the island's finest straight ahead jazz artists in Hole Town at Braddie's...

NYC APOLLO THEATER:
In April, the PAUL PERESS PROJECT appeared in a powerful night of music featuring B.B.&Q. BAND, the DELPHONICS, and THE DRIFTERS...

ST LUCIA JAZZ FESTIVAL, BRITISH WEST INDIES:
This is Peress 4th return to this great island... His first St Lucia experience was recording "Yard Styles" with then reigning Soca Monarch ANDREW "YARDIE" HAYNES. Peress has performed for both HEINEKEN JAZZ ST LUCIA, and the ST LUCIA JAZZ FESTIVAL, and this shall be his 5th and 6th shows on the island, as special guest with guitar legends RONALD "BOO" HINKSON, and CARL GUSTAVE...

ST. KITTS MUSIC FESTIVAL:
In June, Peress returns to St Kitts for the 8th time! He has performed at the festival 7 times, and this year, THE PAUL PERESS PROJECT features the one-and-only DENIECE WILLIAMS "And I've Just Got to Be Free, former CHICAGO lead singer, BILL CHAMPLIN "After the Love Has Gone", and BOBBY KIMBALL "I Bless the Rains Down in Africa"... Also in Peress band are DEAN BROWN, STU HAMM, & MITCH FORMAN...

CANT LET GO - OUR LATEST CD:
On all these performances, Peress has been featuring his compositions from the latest release, "CAN'T LET GO", with Jeff Golub, Glenn Alexander, Mitch Forman, and Dave Mann, a horn section of Tower of Power alumni... Peress' long foray into divergent musical styles unearths a combination of Jazz, Rock, Brazilian, and Funk influences in an eclectic body of work, with themes of peace, longing, and lost love driving the vocal tunes, and from-the-heart melodies giving life to the instrumentals.

CAN'T LET GO personnel: JEFF GOLUB - guitar, GLENN ALEXANDER - guitar, GERALD VEASLEY - bass, TOM KENNEDY - bass, DAVE MANN - sax, CLIFFORD CARTER - keys, MITCH FORMAN - keys, BILL CANTOS - keys/vocals, TOMMY McDONNELL - vocals, PAUL PERESS - drums, compositions, producer

Paul Peress, Can't Let Go - CD Cover
Chaka Khan arms spread & Paul Peress performing
Joy of Jazz full Band, Johannesburg South Africa
Paul Peress Project on stage Jamaica 2014
Regina Belle
Jamaica front row crowd screaming
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PAUL PERESS PROJECT - STORE:

Can't Let Go CD

CAN'T LET GO
featuring
JEFF GOLUB

GERALD VEASLEY
GLENN ALEXANDER
BILL CANTOS

Then Again CD

THEN AGAIN
featuring
JOHN TROPEA
BRANDON FIELDS
LINCOLN GOINES
HELIO ALVES

Awakening CD

AWAKENING
featuring
JEFF GOLUB
GABRIELA ANDERS
MARK WHITFIELD
JAMES GENUS

Chaz & Wilson CD

LIVE @ WILSON'S
featuring
LEE WILLIAMS
JEFF PEVAR
DREW ZINGG
TONY CONNIFF

Double Exposure CD

DOUBLE EXPOSURE
featuring
ANIKA PARIS
DREW ZINGG
FRANK GRAVIS
ZEV KATZ

PAUL PERESS PROJECT - LIVE:
STUDIO & STAGE COLLABORATIONS:

Equally at home in Jazz, Rock, Blues, Latin, Brazilian, R-n-B, and Soul... Here is a list of some of the great solo artists, bands, and side players that Peress has had the honor of working with...

CHAKA KHAN
BRENDA RUSSELL
MOBY
The B-52's
REGINA BELLE
DENIECE WILLIAMS
MARY WILSON
JEFF GOLUB
TOM SCOTT
STEPHEN BISHOP
BILL CHAMPLIN
BOBBY KIMBALL
PHIL PERRY
GABRIELA ANDERS
JON FADDIS
JIMMY HEATH
HELIO ALVES
DAVID AMRAM
RANDY BRECKER
BRIAN BROMBERG
OTEIL BURBRIDGE
CANDIDO
CARLA COOK
CLIFFORD CARTER
GUY DAVIS
KAI ECKHARDT
MARK EGAN
RUSSELL FERRANTE
BRANDON FIELDS
BOB FRANCESCHINI
MITCHEL FORMAN
LINCOLN GOINES
JIMMY HASLIP
EILEEN IVERS
ANTHONY JACKSON
RANDY JACKSON
ALPHONSO JOHNSON
ABE LABORIEL SR.
MICHAEL LANDAU
WILL LEE
RALPH MACDONALD
DAVID MANN
LOU MARINI
HECTOR MARTIGNON
TOMMY McDONNELL
MIKE MILLER
MICHAEL MOSSMAN
OZ NOY
MICHAEL PAULO
JEFF RICHMAN
DAN SIEGEL
NEIL STUBENHAUS
LEW SOLOFF
JOHN TROPEA
GERALD VEASLEY
MARK WHITFIELD
SELECT FESTIVAL APPEARANCES:

The PAUL PERESS PROJECT has opened for MAROON 5, JOHN LEGEND, WYCLEF JEAN, THE COMMODORES, KENNY ROGERS, BOYZ II MEN, ROBERTA FLACK, NATALIE COLE...

PAUL PERESS PROJECT AS HEADLINER AT THE FOLLOWING GREAT FESTIVALS:

•BET Jazz St. Lucia Festival
  British West Indies (4 times)
• Jamaica Jazz & Blues
  Jamaica, Caribbean
• The St. Kitts Music Festival
  British West Indies (5 times)
  • The Heineken Jazz Festival
  British West Indies
• Summer on the Hudson
  New York, NY (2 times)
• Art on the Green Festival
  Couer d'Alene, Idaho
  • Lincoln Center Out of Doors
  New York, NY
• Kaslo Jazz etc. Festival
  British Columbia (2 times)
• River to River Festival
  New York, NY
  • Intl. Festival de Jazz Latino
  San Juan, Puerto Rico
• The Berkeley Jazz Festival
  Berkeley, California
• Grand Central Outdoors
  New York, NY
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