When describing the unique vocalist and arranger Paul Jost, two words come to mind … “passionate storyteller”. Paul is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger but it is his work as a vocalist that makes him a standout. Both critics and contemporaries alike say he is one of the best male jazz vocalists since Mark Murphy.
Paul has performed worldwide with recent tours in Asia and Europe. Back home in the U.S, Paul is a regular on the New York Club scene and can been seen regularly on Festival stages including recent performances at Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival and Exit Zero Jazz Festival. In April 2018, Vibraphonist Joe Locke invited Paul to Join him as guest vocalist at Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club at the Lincoln Center.
After a long career as an instrumentalist and sideman having recorded and performed with Billy Eckstine, Mark Murphy, Dr. John, Bucky Pizzarelli, Joe Farrell and Ron Carter to name just a few, Paul launched his solo vocal career in 2014 with the release of his debut vocal album “Breaking Through”. Included in that album is “Book Faded Brown,” a song he wrote that was recorded by The Band, Rick Danko and Carl Perkins.
In 2015, in honor of the 40th Anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run”, Paul was commissioned by Michael Kline of Exit Zero Jazz Festival to interpret this iconic album in Jazz and headline in a concert at the festival. This performance was so well received that in 2016 he recorded it live at The Bitter End in New York.
With his reputation as a vocalist growing, Paul was recently showcased on PBS-TV in a profile feature in the Friday Arts series titled “Finding Your Voice”. Paul’s follow-up release to “Breaking Through” titled “Simple Life” is due out in the fall of 2018 and features his current working band with Jim Ridl-piano, Dean Johnson-bass and Tim Horner on drums. The album also features Joe Locke as special guest on a number of tracks.
Looking forward, Paul will be performing the material from his coming release at venues throughout the United States and will tour Europe in early 2019 in support of the release.
June 22, 2019
9:00pm Tamara Tunie CD Release
10:30pm Paul Jost Quartet
The JazzStudio is a pop-up jazz club, and intimate setting reminiscent of the great jazz clubs from Pittsburgh to New York. This year at Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, we feature two incredible vocalists and their bands. Tamara Tunie CD Release, and the Paul Jost Quartet.
250 max capacity
Paul Jost – Vocals
Jim Ridl – Piano
Dean Johnson – Bass
Tim Horner – Drums