10/13/17New Tresillo Review on Solar Latin Club

"This New Yorker possesses an innate talent for making magic and creating amazing music with just three people." (translated from Spanish)

10/10/17New Tresillo Review on LatinJazzNet

I'm very happy to have gotten this great review by Raul da Gama. Click the link for the review!

08/10/17Paul Carlon Trio CD Release for Tresillo Sept. 26th at the Nuyorican

We'll be celebrating the release of Tresillo on Deep Tone Records at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the East Village. Full details coming soon. Come and join us!

01/19/17PC Trio Album Coming in 2017!

I'm currently hard at work finishing the trio album I recorded with Chembo Corniel and Alex Ayala. I'll have video up and more details coming very soon.

08/21/16Website Under Construction

I'm currently redesigning my website so you will be seeing some changes; if things look a little off kilter from time to time please bear with me as I upload the new content!

05/13/16Update: New Trio Recording

A couple of weeks ago Chembo, Alex, and I spent two days at Carriage House Studios in Stamford CT recording the basic tracks for our upcoming Trio CD. Ben Lapidus joined us as special guest on tres, and Ben and Christelle will be helping complete the project by adding their vocals to a couple of tracks. Can't wait to get this one out, hopefully by late 2016!

02/23/16New trio recording in the works!

I'm in the planning stages for a new recording project featuring the trio that has been playing uptown at Papasito for a year. With the core group of Chembo Corniel on congas and Alex Ayala on bass, this recording will also feature some special guests. Stay tuned!

02/16/16ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY GIG AT PAPASITO THIS WEEK!

We'll be celebrating a year of Saturday brunches at Papasito this week. Come join us as we look forward to another year!

01/31/16Wingjammer/Composers Concordance Concert Feb. 13th

I'll have an original piece, "Bent Blues", for violin, cello and clarinet, performed at this New Music chamber concert.

From the event webpage: "On February 13th at West Park Presbyterian Church, Composers Concordance presents its next 'Wingjammer' - a feast of contemporary music featuring improvisation plus an ample reception of buffalo wings. Compositions by Paul Carlon, Dan Cooper, Eleanor Cory, Emily Doolittle, Scott Hoefling, Ryo Noda, Payton MacDonald, Gene Pritsker, Raul Quines, David Sanford, Daniel Schnyder, and Dorian Wallace will be performed by: Gene Pritsker - guitar, Daniel Schnyder - saxophone, and Payton MacDonald - percussion, and by the The Wheatley Quintet: Scott Hoefling - saxophone, Peggy Ho - clarinet, Steve Fitzko - trumpet, Angela Luftig - violin, and Anneke Schaul-Yoder - cello."

01/20/16PC Latin Jazz Quartet at Alvin & Friends Jan. 29th

Our second show at Alvin & Friends. We\'ll be performing Afro-Cuban versions of some of Strayhorn compositions, songs by Arsenio Rodriguez, Mongo Santamaria, and a few brand new originals of mine!

with:
Paul Carlon: saxophone
Wilson Chembo Corniel: congas
Alex Apolo Ayala: bass
Ben Lapidus: tres and guitar

12/01/15New Time for PC Trio at Papasito: 3-6 PM every Saturday

We're continuing our run at Papasito for the late brunch Latin Jazz hang, but at a new time. Come out and join us Saturday afternoons from 3-6 pm!

11/02/15La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing@The Johnny Pacheco Latin Music & Jazz Festival November 19th

I am very excited to be performing at this annual festival at Lehman College in the Bronx! Click the 'calendar' link for more info!

09/03/15Strayhorn Centennial Events this Fall!

I've got several events coming up in September and October in celebration of the 2015 Centennial of Billy Strayhorn, including a couple in Westchester County, one in the West Village, and a couple more in the works. Check the \'calendar\' link for all the details.

04/15/15Strayhorn Centennial Feature on La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing/The Latin Jazz Corner

It certainly is a thrill to see that this album still has legs two years on! Chip Boaz has written a feature article on the Billy Strayhorn Centennial and my work interpreting Strayhorn through a Latin lens.

12/26/14Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle on NPR News

A beautiful feature on Phil and on the new Zoho release, written by Owen McNally. This is a writer who has known Phil for years and who wrote reviews of the band back in the day, so he knows his stuff and he really gets it right.

12/01/14New Column in JazzTimes about Pocket Jungle and Bulgaria Meets New York

Author Mick Carlon (no relation) pens an incisive column about two recent releases I'm involved with, the Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle album and Bulgaria Meets New York: Volume 1.

"Two magnificent albums—Bulgaria Meets New York (Volume I) (Deep Tone) and Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle (Zoho)—boast superlative composition and fiery improvisation. Both albums also feature the tenor saxophone of one Paul Carlon. Another essential album is Carlon’s La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing (Zoho), in which Carlon’s arranging skills are often on a par with classic Gil Evans."

11/30/14Saxtravaganza!

I'll be performing an original work for solo tenor saxophone, \"When the Wheels Come Off\" at this celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Adolphe Sax (1814-1894) , the inventor of the saxophone.

11/29/14Strays@99 to be live streamed

For anyone unable to make the Billy Strayhorn Birthday celebration in person tonight, the show will be live streamed. Click the link below!

11/21/14Strays@99: Celebrating Billy Strayhorn November 29th at Drom

Join us in celebrating Billy Strayhorn's 99th birthday as two mesmerizing saxophonists display the diversity of Strayhorn's genius. Michael Hashim & The All Stars will open the show with a hard-swinging set of vintage Strayhorn classics and rarely performed works. La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing will follow with its unique Afro-Cuban look at the Strayhorn canon, reimagining Billy as a rumbero from Havana.

11/05/14Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle CD Release on Zoho Music

On November 11th we celebrate the debut release of Pocket Jungle. In truth this is the reunion CD of a group that played together in the 90's. I was lucky enough to be a part of this group and to be schooled by master bassist Phil Bowler. Phil is a veteran of many top tier groups including Rahsaan Roland Kirk, the Wynton Marsalis Quintet (with whom he won a Grammy), Ralph Petersen, Jackie McLean, Horace Silver...

On Nov. 20th we'll be at the Zinc Bar from 7 to 9 pm for two sets. Please come and celebrate this release with us!

09/25/14Writeup from Jazz.n.Caz Festival

Mark Bialczak pens an in-depth look at our Sept. 19th concert in Cazenovia NY

09/21/14Upcoming gigs in the works

After a great weekend in Cazenovia at Jazz-n-Caz, I'm looking forward to a few things this fall, including the November CD Release on Zoho Music of Pocket Jungle: Time In. Also, I'm in the process of planning the 2nd annual Billy Strayhorn Birthday Tribute for November 29th. And look out for some fall/early winter Grupo los Santos dates in NYC.

08/07/14CD Release Party for Ben Lapidus' Ochosi Blues/Sept. 12th at the Firehouse in Brooklyn

This is a brand new beautiful project featuring a deep lineup of Latin and Jazz heavies. The CD release show is going to rock! Check the calendar link for more details.

06/25/14La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing@Zinc Bar 7.17

We can't wait to hit again at the Zinc! Look for some new material, as well as some older works from our repertoire, and of course plenty of Strayhorn!

05/20/14Grupo los Santos Austria Tour June 17-22nd

Our first trip to Europe! We're looking forward to bringing the Santos spirit to Max's homeland. Click the 'Calendar' link for info on all the gigs.

Yours Truly: saxophone/okonkolo
Pete Smith: guitar/itotele
Dave Ambrosio: bass/iya
William 'Beaver' Bausch: drumset
Max Pollak: rumbatap, vox

04/19/14Grupo los Santos Double Header with the John Funkhouser Quintet Featuring Aubrey Johnson

@Shapeshifter Lab
May 9th/8:15 to 10:30 pm

I'm really looking forward to this one at Shapeshifter in Brooklyn: my old buddy John Funkhouser brings his group from Boston for a double bill with los Santos. Don't miss it!

02/03/14La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing makes Downbeat magazine's Best Albums of 2013 List

This is an amazing honor for the Strayhorn tribute! DB's best of list is featured in the January edition; click the link to download the pdf.

01/29/14La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing on billystrayhorn.com

So cool to be featured on the homepage of Billy Strayhorn Songs Inc.! This website, run by the Strayhorn estate, is a storehouse of info on Billy and includes a link to Alfred Publishing, the music publisher for various Strayhorn works.

12/08/13La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing makes DJ Larry Thomas' Top Ten Jazz 2013 List

So surprised and happy to learn this news; thanks Brother Larry!

12/02/13Fretathon/5th Annual Composers Play Composers Marathon at Drom

I'm honored to be included in this marathon of composers. The only rules are: the pieces must be written for/include one fretted instrument, must be no more than three minutes long, must employ no more than three performers, and must require no more than three electrical cables. I'll be premeiring a brand new original work called 'The Wick', featuring Pete Smith on 9-string acoustic guitar, Max Pollak on body percussion and tap, and myself on baritone saxophone.

We're closing the second of three roughly 45-minute sets, which should put us onstage at around 9:45 PM.

Info on the show:
Tickets $10 advance/$15 at door

11/13/13Double Bill Show at Drom Nov. 29th: ¡Que Viva Billy! Strayhorn Birthday/Maracatu New York

We'll be celebrating what would be the 98th birthday of Billy Strayhorn with a double bill event featuring my Afro-Cuban ensemble plus Scott Kettner's Maracatu New York. I'll also be rolling out a couple of new Strayhorn arrangements!

Paul Carlon: saxophones and flute
Anton Denner: alto saxophone, flute, and piccolo
Andy Gravish: trumpet
Mike Fahie and Noah Bless: trombones
John Stenger: piano
Dave Ambrosio: bass
William 'Beaver' Bausch: drumset
Paulo Stagnaro: congas
Benjamin Lapidus: tres and vocals
Christelle Durandy: vocals

MARACATU NEW YORK
Maracatu New York is New York's first and only Maracatu ensemble dedicated to the performance and knowledge of traditional Maracatu de Baque Virado and other musical styles from the Northeast of Brazil, while fusing these rhythms with New Orleans Second Line and Mardi Gras Indian rhythms.

DOORS: 7:30 PM
MARACATU NEW YORK: 8-9 PM
PAUL CARLON/BILLY STRAYHORN BDAY TRIBUTE: 9:30-10:30 PM
Cost: $10 Advance Tickets/$15 at door

10/24/13La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing is in the early running for a Grammy Nomination in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album category

What's that mean? Well, this is the pre-nomination phase, and there are a total of 65 albums in the running in this category right now. So...if you're a voting member of NARAS, please consider casting a ballot for us.

THANKS!

10/04/13JazzTimes Feature Column

I'm very happy to be featured in an online column by Mick Carlon in JazzTimes!

09/07/13La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing 4-Star Review in Downbeat Magazine

It's such an honor to get such a great review in one of the world's oldest and most prestigious jazz publications. Click the 'Media' link to read the review.

08/16/13La Rumba Is A Lovesome Thing CD is Album of the Week on Latinjazznet.com

Thanks to Latinjazznet and Raul da Gama for a spectacular review!

"So what on earth would Billy Strayhorn think of this record La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing? He might easily regard the album as a welcome surprise that shows the flexibility of his music. And much more, that their endearing nature is not so much that they still sound fresh and relevant in another era of music, but that they still have beauty and meaning in an altogether different metaphor. He might also take his proverbial hat off to the ingenuity of Paul Carlon, who dreamed it all; then had the strength of character to turn his dream into reality, no doubt paying some dues along the way."

07/06/13New Review of La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing in the Wall Street Journal

A great new review by Will Friedwald in the WSJ online; click the 'media' link to read the full text.

""Mr. Carlon's treatment is the best kind of fresh take on classic material, rendered with a perfect balance of adoration and irreverence that never misses the mark..."

06/10/13La Rumba Is A Lovesome Thing CD now available online

Click the link to go to the CD Baby page. CDs & downloads now available for purchase.

06/04/13La Rumba Is A Lovesome Thing CD Release Concert July 11th

We're havin' a party...and you're invited to come help celebrate the release of my new CD La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing/A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn (Zoho Music). My eleven member Afro-Cuban ensemble will perform music from the CD, after which a meet-and-greet cocktail reception with the artists will follow. Snacks and drinks will be provided. CD's available for purchase in the lobby.

Concert: 7 to 8:30 PM
Reception: 8:30 to 10

03/17/13La Rumba Is A Lovesome Thing to be released on Zoho Music July 9th

I'm very happy to announce that my Billy Strayhorn tribute project will be released by Zoho this summer. Zoho is a great label with many stellar artists. I'm really looking forward to the CD hitting the streets!

03/07/13New Review of Grupo los Santos/Clave Heart on Latin Jazz Network

January 24, 2013
by Raul da Gama

"Grupo Los Santos is a small ensemble that melds together a number of idioms and metaphors that are culled from jazz to Afro-Caribbean in a powerful, muscular mix of music that is original and memorable."

Click the link to read on...

10/26/12New Review of Grupo los Santos/Clave Heart by Peter Watrous

A great new review on Descarga.com

09/01/12CLAVE HEART: New Grupo los Santos Release on Origin/O2 Records

The CDs are in! More news coming soon on the official release date, CD release events and our upcoming Northeast tour.

08/24/12New Website Design Up

I've put together a new design for the site with new photos and content.

08/08/12Grupo los Santos' New CD CLAVE HEART to be released on Origin/OA2 Records this Fall

We're getting close to having the final CD design finished, and will be announcing our CD release date as well as a Fall tour soon!

06/12/12Bulgaria Meets New York debut CD is tracked

We just finished tracking our first CD with Shinnosuke Takahashi, and it sounds amazing to my admittedly biased ears.

The rhythm team of Trifon and Dimiter throw down on these tracks! The all-original set of tunes includes titles from Trifon, Dave Smith and myself. Master guitarist Paul Bollenback joins us for three songs as Special Guest. Can't wait to get this one out there!

05/14/12Bulgaria Meets New York June 5th & 9th/Debut CD Being Recorded in June

Originally formed for the tour of Bulgaria I did last September, Bulgaria Meets New York came will be playing two New York City dates and recording our debut CD in June 2012. As trumpeter Ventzi Blagoev will be unable to join us for the shows and the recording this summer, Dave Smith will be joining the group. A sought-after mainstay of the NYC jazz scene, Dave has developed an extremely compelling and creative solo style that leans towards the intervallic mastery of Woody Shaw. He has performed and/or recorded with Harry Connick, Jr., Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, and Grace Kelly, and is a member of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground. He is also a founding member of my Octet, and his pinpoint section work and blazingly creative solos grace that group’s first two CDs.

I am very much looking forward to recording with these stellar musicians and to continuing to get this group’s name out there. Our two shows in New York are June 5th at Somethin’ Jazz Club and June 9th at Small’s. Check out our promo video on YouTube.:

Lineup:

Paul Carlon: Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Dave Smith: Trumpet

Trifon Dimitrov: Acoustic Bass

Dimiter Dimitrov: Drumset

05/08/12La Rumba Is A Lovesome Thing is tracked...

We finished the basic band tracks for all 10 tunes today at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ. All I can say is, wow, what an amazing two days in the studio! Many Thanks to Beaver, Anton, Ryan, Mike, Alex, Mark, Dave, Chembo, John, Christelle, Ben, and Obanilu for contributing your ineffable musical personalities to this project.

We have some overdubs to add to round it out, and then it's on to mixing and mastering!

04/29/12Karp/Foley Album "Beyond the Crossroads" is #1 on the Blues and Roots Charts

I had the pleasure of arranging the horn section work (by the Swingadelic Horns) on this innovative and deeply felt CD, and also of playing tenor. This is the second collaborative CD for Peter Karp and Sue Foley, just released on April 17 on Blind Pig Records. Congrats to Peter and Sue!

04/25/12La Rumba Is A Lovesome Thing...in the studio

I'm very much looking forward to this: we're going into the studio the first week of May to record my Billy Strayhorn tribute project. Can't give an exact release date yet for the finished product but I'm aiming for late in 2012.

01/21/12New Projects: Maracatu NY, Bulgarian Quartet in NY this summer

I'm finishing some arrangements for Scott Kettner's upcoming Maracatu NY CD. Scott also leads Nation Beat and Forro Brass, with whom I've been hitting recently. The Maracatu NY CD (click on link for details) will feature the big beat music of Northeastern Brazil mixed with the sound of New Orleans brass bands. I'm really looking forward to recording with Scott in March.

Also, the group I played with in Bulgaria this past September will be in NYC in June to play a few gigs, and hopefully record. Can't wait!

10/21/11New mp3s up from Upcoming CD releases

Click on 'sneak peeks' to preview some of the new tracks from the Grupo los Santos and McCarron Brothers CDs. Release dates:

Grupo los Santos/'Clave Heart': Winter 2011/Spring 2012
McCarron Bros./ 'No Moon Train': Spring 2012

08/28/11Upcoming Tours: Switzerland, Bulgaria and Brazil

From Sept. 15th to Oct. 13th I'll be on the road, first in Europe and then in South America. I'm really psyched to be participating in the Basel Tap Jam, a tour with Bulgarian bassist Trifon Dimitrov, and a Brazilian tour with Max Pollak. Check the 'Calendar' link for all the details!

07/09/11Cover Feature in Hot House Magazine for July

A nice piece on Swingadelic's 'The Other Duke' release and on my upcoming La Rumba Is A Lovesome Thing gig at Miles Cafe in NYC

04/29/11La Rumba Is A Lovesome Thing this Wednesday May 4th at Miles' Cafe in midtown NYC

We continue with some brand new arrangements delving into the genius of Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington's creative collaborator and author of many classics including 'Take the A Train'. My full octet lineup + Christelle Durandy will be bringing to life what Strayhorn would sound like jamming with Los Muñequitos de Matanzas and Los Van Van.

La Rumba Is A Lovesome Thing/Reimagining Strayhorn
Wednesday, May 4th
8:30 to 10 PM
Mile's Cafe
212 E. 52nd St. 3Fl. (btw 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
New York, NY

03/29/11Tony Allen US Tour

I'll be doing a US tour with Afrobeat legend Tony Allen in April. Check the 'calendar' link for tour dates & showtimes

02/21/11Grupo los Santos Northeast Mini-Tour

We take our freshly tracked new material on the road again with stops in Lenox, MA., Tannersville, NY, and Stamford, CT. Click the 'calendar' link for more details.

12/13/10Third Grupo los Santos CD is Tracked!

Our as-yet-untitled 3rd CD is in the can, or actually, on the hard drive. Recorded in two days at Avatar Studio B in NYC, it features virtuosic guest appearances by Max Pollak and flautist Kaori Fujii. This one will be like no previous Santos CD. Look for a mid-2011 release date.

12/13/10Swingadelic "The Other Duke" Pearson tribute CD to be released on ZoHo records

The band's new CD, recorded this past summer, will be released on July 12 on ZoHo, a rising NYC label with several Grammy winners and nominees to its credit. This album sounds beautiful and is a major step forward for the band. I'm proud to have contributed several arrangements of Duke Pearson classics to the proceedings.

12/03/10New CD coming out from the Gowanus Reggae and Ska Society

The boys in G.R.A.S.S. have put together a great concept and a great CD: under the leadership of Nate Shaw and J Granelli, we recorded a tribute to the legendary Catch A Fire album by The Wailers. Check this one out, you won't be disappointed!

11/04/10Philadelphia Twofer at Chris'!

This week I'll be playing at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia with two different bands on Monday and Tuesday nights. Monday I'll be with guitarist Victor Baker's quintet, and Tuesday I'll be with my own Los Américas Quintet + Max Pollak.

Click on the 'Calendar' link for all the details!

10/12/10Grupo los Santos Mini-Marathon!

In preparation for our upcoming recording sessions we're doing several NYC-area shows. The fun starts Oct. 26th at Miles' Cafe in Midtown, followed by the Nublu Jazz Festival on Nov. 12th, the Brooklyn Lyceum on Dec. 1st, and Barbés in Brooklyn on Dec. 16th. Click on the 'Calendar' link for showtimes, links, and venue locations.

09/13/10The McCarron Brothers Way Down in Honolulu Tour

Oct. 4-11: We take our act on the road, to the island of Oahu for a series of shows in some of Honolulu's best venues. Click the 'calendar' link for full details.

03/18/10Website under construction!

I'm currently revamping my site with an all new design and some added features. What you're seeing now is a transitional design, soon to be fully updated. Let me know what you think by clicking on Contact and sending me an email!

Paul

12/28/09The Paul Carlon Octet is now Paul Carlon & Los Americas

The Age of Exploration brought people from various distant cultures to the New World of las Américas, some by choice, some by force, some out of desperation. The musical results of this social fusion have since spread around the globe, inspiring innovation and genre-melding. The blues, rumba, maracatu, jazz, cumbia... all of these styles and more grew up in the fertile soil of las Américas, tied together by the influence of West African cultures such as the Yoruba. In Afro-Cuban chants, in the Afro Sambas of Baden Powell, and in the mythology of the Mississippi Delta, the orishas (deities) of African origin have made their presence felt and respected.

Transposing geography to the stage in the form of a band, Los Américas is made up of musicians from Canada down to the Caribbean, conjuring a parallel on-stage universe where Duke Ellington performs with Cuban timba godfathers los Van Van, and where Brazilian Maracatu powerhouse Nação Estrela Brilhante accompanies blues legend Robert Johnson. Los Américas offers a sonic slideshow of variations on the theme of "who is American?", striving to showcase the entire expanse of the Americas -- North and South. The mind of a scholar will appreciate the intricate complexities of the musical arrangements, the body of a dancer will embrace the rhythmic impulse to move freely, and the soul of a traveler will bond to the familiar soundscapes that oscillate between various cultures.

Los Américas has grown out of the Paul Carlon Octet, a group that established itself performing primarily Paul's original compositions as well as arrangements of traditional songs and music by artists such as Billy Strayhorn and Baden Powell. Los Américas will continue in the same spirit as the Octet, taking as its jumping-off point the desire to mix orchestral jazz with styles from all over the hemisphere. How many Americas can you imagine?

10/01/09Upcoming Shows in Hawaii; The Deep End Oct. 29th at Drom

I'll be making another trip to Oahu from Oct. 4th-16th to play a series of gigs large and small as well as teaching a Master Class at the Iolani School. Check the 'gigs' link for all the details or click the link to read my blog about the trip.

Also, on Oct. 29th Deep Tone Records will be holding a label event at Drom. The Deep End will feature three Deep Tone artists (Max Pollak & Rumbatap, the Gentile/Romano Duo, and the Paul Carlon Octet) in a night of brass, woodwinds, body percussion, the African mbira, Yoruban chants, and freewheeling improvisation. Don't miss it!

07/16/09Upcoming NYC PC Octet Shows; also Northeast Tour in the works

I'm talking to several venues in the NYC area for our next performance, which will most likely be for this fall. After taking some time off from Octet activities to do some touring with Rumbatap and under my own name, I'm ready for the next Octet project. Recording-wise, I'm considering several ideas for our next CD, which will hopefully be recorded next Spring for a Fall 2010 release. I've been writing some new material and am really looking forward to reconnecting with our NYC audience!

And for our fans throughout the Northeast, there is a tour in the works for the coming season; dates are not confirmed yet but we should be on the road sometime between this Fall and next Spring. *** more info coming soon***

Paul

06/26/09New Rumbatap Recording in the Works

The past two weeks I've been tracking and doing rough mixes with Max Pollak and engineer/co-producer Patrick Lo Re at One Soul Studios for Max's upcoming Rumbatap debut CD.

We got some great stuff recorded already for basic music tracks, and will be laying down the body percussion/tap/rumbatap tracks this August. Look for an early 2010 release on Deep Tone Records.

04/04/09McCarron Bros. CD Release for 'Way Down in Brooklyn' May 8 at Nublu

Our brand new CD is set for release, and we'll be throwin' down at Nublu in the East Village to celebrate. Details:

Friday May 8
9-11 PM; doors at 8
$10 Cover; 21+ only w/ID
Nublu
62 Ave. C
New York, NY 10009
(212) 979-9925

03/03/09The McCarron Bros. at Cachaça Tuesday March 10

The McCarron Bros. is a new band I'm working with; we'll be putting out our debut CD, "Way Down in Brooklyn", this spring. Guitarist Mark McCarron and I wrote the originals on the disc, and we also cover songs by Radiohead, Joni Mitchell and Wayne Shorter. Click the gigs link for all the details. You can also hear a couple of the new tracks by clicking the tracks link.

Recorded in a day at Soundworks studio in Astoria, "Way Down in Brooklyn" is an atmospheric blend of Scofield funk and Bitches Brew fusion influences, Frisell-ish country, Radiohead, and free jazz.

02/10/09Interview/Live Performance on WBAI 99.5 FM/NYC tonight at 10 PM

Max Pollak and I will be guests on Delphine Blue's long-running show, Shocking Blue.

From around 10 to 10:30 PM we'll be performing some duo material as well as talking with Delphine about our collaborations and about upcoming shows and projects.

01/28/09Upcoming Octet gig at Drom Feb. 6

We'll be returning to Drom with Rumbatap for a Double Bill; we're planning on charging into some new material as well as reinventing the old standbys. Check the 'gigs' link for all the details.

12/05/08Vote for Roots Propaganda in the Latin Jazz Corner's Best of 2008 Awards

Our latest Octet CD has been nominated in the 2008 Large Ensemble Album of the Year category, and I've been nominated as 2008 Sax Player of the Year. Also, Ryan Keberle has been nominated as 2008 Trombone Player of the Year for his work on the album.

If you like the record, voice your opinions online at the link below!

Thanks!
Paul

11/30/08Interview on WSHA from November 17

I did a radio interview with my friend vocalist/DJ Susan Reeves on WSHA, broadcasting from Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. Shaw is the oldest HBCU (HBCU stands for Historically Black Colleges & Universities) in the south. Click the link to hear the interview.

11/23/08ROOTS PROPAGANDA chosen as Album of the Week at the Latin Jazz Corner

Chip Boaz has written a great review of my latest Octet record; click the link to read the review

11/14/08ROOTS PROPAGANDA chosen as Album of the Week on DJ El Chino's Solar Latin Club

DJ El Chino is based in Cali, Colombia; his program is known worldwide and it's an honor to be chosen as Album of the Week

11/12/08Octet News: back at Drom January 30; new Roots Propaganda reviews at AAJ & in JazzImprov; continued airplay on NPR

I've been taking a break from Octet business the last couple of weeks, after all the effort of making the tour happen. But things are rolling along in my absence, including new reviews (click the link to read the AAJ review online), more airplay on NPR (including on election night's All Things Considered!), and an upcoming gig at Drom in the East Village.

And last but definitely not least, Roots Propaganda has been chosen as one of JazzImprov's Best CDs of 2008!

10/21/08Radio Interview & Live Broadcast on WICN/New England this Thursday

To help promote our dates in New England, Max Pollak and I will be going LIVE on WICN, 'New England's Jazz and Folk Station', Thursday Oct. 23rd from 1-2 pm. We'll be bringing two friends with us: Anton Denner on alto and Alex Norris on trumpet. We'll be performing material from Roots Propaganda with just three horns and Max, including a traditional chant to Ochun. Click on the link to listen online.

10/01/08ROOTS PROPAGANDA Northeast mini-Tour

October 23-24-25 we'll be playing shows in the Boston area (w/Max Pollak!), Vermont, and in Hudson, New York.

Click the 'gigs' link for for information

09/26/08OCTOBER DOUBLE BILL: PC Octet and Rumbatap at Drom Oct. 9th

We'll be throwing down at Drom on Thursday Oct. 9th, 10 PM - Midnight.

If you missed us at Summerstage, or if you missed the Rumbatap at Symphony Space show, this is a great chance to hear Max's newly expanded version of Rumbatap as well as my Octet!

09/23/08UPDATE: Interview on WICR University of Indianapolis Radio to run NEXT Tuesday Sept. 30th at 12 PM

I'll be doing a radio interview with Andrew Day-Marshall on The Diamond 88.7 FM focusing on my new Octet release, Roots Propaganda. 12-1 PM

Click on the link to hear live broadcasting from WICR's site

09/04/08THANKS for a great night at Cachaça!

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out last Thursday to our CD release or to the Santos show. Your presence made the night one of the BEST for both groups. Special thanks to my out-of-town friends who made the trip down to New York. Help yourselves to a free download of the song 'Yorubonics' by clicking on the 'downloads & epk' link to the left.

08/18/08DOUBLE BILL: Octet CD Release + Grupo los Santos at Cachaça August 28th

We will be kickin' it LIVE at Cachaça with two great bands. Here's the quick details:

Thursday, August 28
Paul Carlon Octet ROOTS PROPAGANDA CD Release w/Max Pollak and Christelle Durandy
7 - 9:30 pm

Grupo los Santos w/Max Pollak
10 pm - Midnight

08/02/08Summerstage w/Max Pollak: We rocked it!

What an experience at Central Park's Summerstage last night: Max hits another one out of the park with Rumbatap, plus my Octet had the pleasure of guesting. If only we could have played longer...!

click the link to read a review of the show

07/11/08ROOTS PROPAGANDA now available online!

Our CD release is officially still a few weeks off, but advance copies are now available at CD Baby; click on the link to go there

07/10/08ROOTS PROPAGANDA tracks played on NPR's Morning Edition

Excerpts of both "The Limiter" and "New Life", from my new Octet CD, were featured as 'Music Interludes' on NPR this morning.

The link will take you to the NPR Morning Edition page--

06/05/08New Octet CD almost finished!!!

I should be getting copies of the new CD ROOTS PROPAGANDA by early next week; the official CD release date will be in August; look for soon-to-be-posted Octet release dates at the 'gigs' link

05/16/08New YouTube Videos of my 8tet + Max & Christelle in the studio!

Click the link for 'Backstory', one of the new tracks from ROOTS PROPAGANDA, my new Octet CD, due out at the end of the summer

05/16/08YouTube of 'Ochun' from ROOTS PROPAGANDA

Video of Max Pollak and I recording in Brazil

05/16/08'Mambo pa' Kanoa' on YouTube

Another new track from ROOTS PROPAGANDA; Max demonstrates his patented Rumbatap technique

05/03/08Brand New Octet CD out this Summer: ROOTS PROPAGANDA

The new one is mixed & mastered, and I'm very happy with how it turned out. The band really came together in the studio; I owe all of the musicians many thanks for the heart, head, soul and fire they put into this recording. Also big thanks to George Petit, the recording and mixing engineer, Oscar Zambrano the mastering engineer, and the staff at Legacy Studio in NYC and NaCena Studio in São Paulo, Brazil.

I am aiming for a late July/early August release date, and will plan CD release events in NYC around that time; we also should be out on the road again, at least in the Northeast, this fall.

Updates coming soon!

Meanwhile, I've uploaded some of the new tracks, which will play as the background music to the site; or click on the 'tracks' link to hear a couple more--

04/28/08PC 8tet at Cachaça this Friday May 2 w/Christelle Durandy and Max Pollak!

This Friday we'll be warming up for our upcoming CD release later in the summer:

One set at 7-8:30 pm, $15 cover
Cachaça: 212-388-9099
35 West 8th St. between 5th & 6th Avenues
Subway: A, C, E, F, V, B, D to West 4th St.; 1 to Christopher St.; N, R, W to 8th St.

The Lineup:
David Smith on trumpet
Ryan Keberle and Jose Davila on trombones
Me on tenor and soprano saxophones, mbira, and flute
Anton Denner on alto saxophone and flute
John Stenger on piano
David Ambrosio on bass
William “Beaver" Bausch on drums
Christelle Durandy on vocals
Max Pollak on himself (!) Rumbatap!

04/09/08Back from Brazil

I'm safely landed in NYC and glad to be back after an incredibly inspiring trip. Max Pollak and I saw and heard a lot of great music, and also performed a duo show at the Teatro das Tres Marias in Fortaleza. The performance was filmed, and I'll be uploading it soon!

Thanks to:
Marco Barreto, Zeca and all the staff at Na Cena Studios in Sao Paulo Valéria Pinheiro and Vera Passos in Fortaleza
Steven Harper and Adriana in Rio de Janeiro

04/02/08Alo from Fortaleza

Max Pollak and I are now in residence in Fortaleza, in the Northeast of Brazil. We are spending a lot of time hanging with Valéria Pinheiro at her beautiful theater/performance space, Café Teatro das Marías. Valéria is the person who brought Max and I to Fortaleza, and is a great spirit, doing great work here. Last night we participated in the rehearsal of a percussion ensemble called Caravana Cultural; I filmed some of it and should be able to put the footage up on YouTube soon. This group plays all the traditional rhythms of the Northeast. Incredible!

03/29/08Greetings from Sao Paulo

For the next few days I'll be in S.P. at Na Cena Studios, a beautiful facility with an incredible live room and a great staff, currently under the fatherly tutoring of George Petit, who's doing the tracking and mixing of my next CD. This is my first time in São Paulo; I've been mostly at the studio the past couple of days and have not yet had time to check out the neighborhood or greater São Paulo, but this city is enormous.
Yesterday Max Pollak and I tracked two songs which will be on the new CD; they are sounding great and will be a departure from what we've done collaboratively before.

More to come...

03/25/08Hello from Rio

Well, I'm here in the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city), taking in the sights and sounds of Brazil. Speaking of sounds, yesterday I went to the house of an incredible bassist, Itiberê, who has played with Hermeto Pascoal for thirty years. The Itiberê Orquestra Familia is his group, an incredible expression of his compositional genius and their improvisational, interactive genius. Everyone in the band is a multi-instrumentalist. They graciously allowed me to sit in with them during their five-hour (!) rehearsal, and what a mind-blowing challenge that was! I hope to return and film another rehearsal before I leave Rio.

More to come...

03/22/08Off to Brazil!!!

I'll be in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Fortaleza, Brazil for the next two weeks mixing the tracks for the new Octet CD, which we recorded at Legacy Studio A last week. Once again, big thanks to the NY State Music Fund and especially to Lesley Tillotson and the Central New York Community Arts Council for writing the grant that made all this possible.

03/20/08Another Great Tour

My Octet + vocalist Christelle Durandy are just back from Utica, NY, where we gave four Arts in Education performances for the Utica School Districts, as well as an evening community concert at Mohawk Valley Community College. As part of our trip we gave two workshops for the Donovan Middle School Jazz Band, who performed with us on the MVCC concert.

We had a great time on this trip, and I'd like to thank Lesley Tillotson for writing the NY State Music Fund grant that made the trip possible, as well as Gina Murtagh, Serena Belmont, and Monk Rowe for the myriad forms of organizational and warm-hearted support it took to put the whole thing on. And last but not least, I'd like to thank Mike Bergamo and the students at Donovan for their hard work and for doing such a great job!

02/25/08Octet News!!!: Upcoming gig at Cachaça; Upcoming Octet Recording; Brazil Trip!

A lot is going on these days--here's an update:

***My octet is getting ready to record our 2nd CD in March, for a targeted release date sometime in the late summer***

***We'll be warming up for the recording sessions with a show at Cachaça in NYC on Monday March 10, with guests Max Pollak, Christelle Durandy, and Pete Smith; check the gigs link for all the details***

***Through a deal with the recording engineer George Petit, I'll be mixing the Octet CD tracks in São Paulo, Brazil. Max Pollak will be joining us to record some duo tracks, and then we'll be doing some performances in Fortaleza and possibly Rio***

02/06/08Grupo los Santos in Brooklyn, Boston and Vermont

This weekend los Santos will be celebrating the release of "Lo Que Somos Lo Que Sea" with a Brooklyn CD Release at Barbes. Then we'll be on the road for two shows, in North Bennington, VT and Cambridge, MA. Check the 'gigs' link for all the details.

01/31/08Steve Cook 1970-2008

It is with a sad heart that I mourn the premature passing of Steve Cook, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and bon vivant. The younger brother of one of my best friends from the area of Central New York I grew up in, Steve was an easy-going, well-loved and hugely talented guy who will be sorely missed.

01/12/08New Octet Tracks Online

If you're reading this, you're probably already getting a taste of one of my Octet's new songs from a live performance this fall at Cornell University. I've added at total of three new tracks to this website's background music: 'Backstory', 'Moro Omim Ma', and 'The Most Beautiful Thing'. All these songs will be rerecorded in the studio for our upcoming release. Enjoy!!!

01/09/08Thanks for an incredible Santos Show at The Jazz Standard !!!

Muchas Gracias to everyone who came out Monday night and helped celebrate our CD release. The turnout was mighty, the BBQ was kickin', and we had an absolutely incredible time playing for you all. Big thanks also to Seth at the Standard for booking us, and to all the wonderful staff at the club.

12/27/07'Other Tongues' on Best of 2007 List

My Octet's first CD has been included on Chuck Graham's Picks, a Best Jazz of 2007 listing published in the Tucson Citizen newspaper. Click the link to see the listing online;

Thanks Chuck!!!

12/21/07Grupo los Santos CD Release at the Jazz Standard Jan. 7th!!!

We'll be celebrating the release of our new CD, "Lo Que Somos Lo Que Sea", on Monday Jan. 7th at NYC's Jazz Standard. This is a major opportunity for us to perform at a great room for our New York audience; don't miss it!

Here's the details:

Monday, January 7, 2008 at the Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, NYC. Sets at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Tickets $15. 212-576-2232
Pete Smith-Electric and 9-String Acoustic Guitars
Dave Ambrosio-Acoustic Bass
Paul Carlon-Tenor Sax
William "Beaver" Bausch-Drumset
and Special Guest Max Pollak-Rumbatap

12/05/07Upcoming Spring Tour

Backed up by the mighty power of the NY State Music Fund, we'll be doing four days of performances, from March 17-20, for the Utica, NY School Districts. I'm currently looking at booking road dates for us possibly both the weekend before and after these shows, in Boston, and perhaps even in the Chapel Hill/Raleigh/Durham, N.C. area.

More news about this to come!!!

11/27/07Jazz & Tap Special on NY1

I appear with DeWitt Fleming Jr. and Jared Grimes as part of a special program on Jazz and Tap aired in October on NY1. Click on the link below to read the accompanying article; then click the camera icon to view the program. You'll need RealPlayer to view the show. Enjoy!!!

11/13/07Another Kick-Ass Tour

After our four day trip, all I can say is, I can't wait to do it again!!!

Click on the link below for a review of our concert at Cornell University.

We'll be on the road again in the Spring; in the meantime I'm thinking hard about moving up the recording dates for our 2nd CD to January, which would mean an earlier release date in 2008. Stay tuned!

Big Thanks to Larry Luttinger at Jazz Central, Gary Schiro at the Hudson Opera House, Paul Merrill at Cornell U., and Gill Aharon at the Lily Pad for booking us. And Great Big Thanks to Pete Smith, Patrick Lo Re, John Funkhouser, Hugo Acosta, and Juila Boynton for various informal and formal kinds of tour support.

11/06/07VENUE & TIME CHANGE FOR PC OCTET BOSTON SHOW

Due to circumstances beyond our control, our Boston show this Sunday Nov. 11 has been moved from Ryles across the street to The Lily Pad. The show will still be a double bill with FunkHouse; they will go on at 4 pm and we'll be starting at 5:30.

Showtime: 4 PM (FunkHouse); 5:30 (PC Octet)
Tickets: $15/$12 for students
The Lily Pad
1353 Cambridge St. in Inman Square
Cambridge, MA
(617) 395-1393

11/04/07New Swingadelic CD "Another Monday Night" is out!!!

The Hoboken-based swing/jump blues band's latest, "Another Monday Night," takes its name from an original penned by yours truly. I've got two new charts on this CD, which features original music by members of the band and one classic Ellington chart. Available at CD Baby; click the link to check it out!

10/18/07Upcoming Northeast Mini-Tour!: Nov. 8-11

We'll be hitting the road once again for a four-day blast across towns large and small. New material will be the focus of this one; I plan on recording again in the spring, and am close to being finished writing all the new songs we'll be laying down in the studio. This will also be our first trip with vocalist Christelle Durandy, who has been knocking me out with her soul and musicianship. Joining us at Cornell and in Boston with his deep and uniquely funky Austro-Afro-Cuban groove will be Rumbatap innovator Max Pollak. Also on hand for the Boston show (at the Lily Pad in Cambridge) will be FunkHouse, the piano-trio brainchild of my very tall and good-natured friend John Funkhouser, an ol' buddy from my years at Cornell. FunkHouse will be opening the show at Ryles.

Tour Itinerary:
Thursday Nov. 8: Jazz Central; Syracuse, NY
Friday Nov. 9: The Hudson Opera House; Hudson, NY
Saturday Nov. 10: Barnes Hall, Cornell University; Ithaca, NY
Sunday Nov. 11: The Lily Pad, Cambridge, MA.; Double Bill w/FunkHouse!!!

Check the 'gigs' link for more detailed information on showtimes, ticket prices, etc.

Personnel: Paul Merrill (Nov.8 only) or Dave Smith on trumpet; Ryan Keberle and Mike Fahie on trombones; me on tenor and soprano saxophones, mbira, and flute; Anton Denner on alto saxophone and flute; John Stenger on piano; Edward Perez on bass; and William “Beaver" Bausch on drums.

09/13/07Upcoming Octet gig: Featuring Christelle Durandy and Max Pollak at Lang Recital Hall, Hunter College, Sept. 27th!

Don't miss it! Our first show in NYC in a while; we'll be performing mostly brand-new material including our rootsy originals and a few covers ranging from a Delta Blues classic (Skip James’ Hard Times Killin’ Floor Blues ) to Brazilian Afro-Samba (Baden Powell’s Canto de Xangô). We are in the process of working up new material for our second CD, to be recorded in the Spring of 2008.

Originally from Gaudeloupe, young vocalist Christelle Durandy brings a wide knowledge of Afro-Cuban music and the Paris jazz and world music scenes to her first appearance with the Octet. She has studied and recorded with Ivan Darroman Montoya in Cuba, and has also worked with Carlos “El Bola" Betancourt, Baptiste Trotignon, Jo Benoti, Edouard Leys, Karl W. Davis and The Milkmen, and Company Erebe-Kouliballets. Christelle has been tearing it up in rehearsals; I'm really looking forward to this show with her!!!

Also joining us with his deep and uniquely funky Austro-Afro-Cuban groove will be Rumbatap innovator Max Pollak.


Personnel: Tatum Greenblatt on trumpet, Ryan Keberle and Mike Fahie on trombones, Paul on tenor and soprano saxophones, mbira, and flute, Anton Denner on alto saxophone and flute, Nicki Denner on piano, Pedro Giraudo on bass, and William “Beaver" Bausch on drums.

Showtime: 8 PM (one 90-minute set)
Cover: $15/$10 for students w/ID
Lang Recital Hall
Hunter College North Building, 4th Floor
Entrance on 69th St. btw. Park & Lexington Aves.

6 Train to 68th St./Hunter College; F Train to Lexington Av/63 Street

08/20/07The New Santos CD 'Lo Que Somos Lo Que Sea' is out!!!!

Deep Tone Records proudly announces the release of Grupo los Santos' second CD. This is a don't miss record from a band that has developed a truly unique style of interplay over the last ten years. Click on the link to go to our CD Baby page and hear some tracks!

07/18/07New Swingadelic CD coming out by late Summer/early Fall!

The Hoboken based swing/jump blues band's latest, "Another Monday Night," takes its name from an original penned by yours truly. I've got two new charts on this CD, which bandleader Dave Post hopes to release the last week of August. More info soon!

07/13/07New Grupo los Santos CD out soon on Deep Tone Records!

After much labor and some procrastination, the NEW NEW NEW Santos CD, "Lo Que Somos/Lo Que Sea", has been sent to the CD manufacturer and will be ready for release this fall, with CD release event dates TBA.

This is a great sounding CD of Santos magic with some new originals by yours truly as well as some seriously badass writing from our drummer, Mr. William "Beaver" Bausch. It also features Max Pollak as a guest, and will be the 2nd release on my label, Deep Tone Records.

07/04/07Back from our Northeast Tour

Many thanks to everyone who came out to these gigs, and to the band for sounding so good; also special thanks to Lesley Tillotson, Monk Rowe, and Larry Luttinger for all their help in putting it together.

We road-tested some of the new material to be recorded on our 2nd CD, and also tried out a new vocalist, Sofia Tosello, who sounded beautiful.

The Lily Pad show in Cambridge was a blast! A big Whassup! to all our new fans there; stay tuned for information on our return to Boston in November with Max Pollak.

The Utica and Morrisville NY dates were also killin'; I should have some pix and possibly video up soon from the tour.

06/17/07Upcoming Northeast Mini-Tour!

July 1-2 The Paul Carlon Octet with Special Guest Vocalist Sofia Tosello will be doing a road trip of three gigs:
July 1: The Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA.; our first show in the Boston area!
July 2: 2 PM: Showcase for Arts in Ed; Utica, NY
July 2: 7 PM: Jazz, Blues, and Libraries Too! Concert in Morrisville, NY

Click on the 'gigs' link for more info!

05/28/07Interview on the Louis Free Radio Show: "The Intelligent Alternative: Brain Food from the Heartland"

This Tuesday, May 29, I'll be on Louis Free's show at 6PM. Based in Ohio, the show can be listened to online by clicking on the link below, or by tuning into WGFT 1330 AM.

04/18/07Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us at The Night & Day Skylight Room at Biscuit BBQ

We'll (The Octet + Ileana Santamaria) be playing May 5 at this popular Brooklyn venue; come have some BBQ and check out some of our new material!

Sets at 9 and 10:30 PM; Cover $10 + $7 minimum

04/06/07Viis Show Reservations closed for Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Joyce Soho

The theater's policy is that they don't do sales over the phone, so a reservation reserves you a seat which you pay for when you arrive. If you have a reservation make sure to be there by 7:50 or they will release your seat to someone else. If you'd still like to go Sunday, this means that if you show up at 7:15-7:30, you may still get a seat if you wait until 7:50 and someone that has a reservation doesn't show.

03/19/07Upcoming Rumpatap show at the Joyce Soho: Viis

My partner in creative crime, Max Pollak, brings his inimitable choreography and improvisational prowess to the JoyceSoho for a four-day run. I'll be involved as a musician and as Musical Director, and am also collaborating with Max in writing music for the show. Not to be missed! From the JoyceSoho website:

"In Viis, Nordic myth and African hero-spirits meet in a hypothetical multicultural fable inspired by ancient Finnish and Afro-Cuban folklore. Viis communicates a universal tale of creation, confrontation, loss, and reconciliation drawn from the narrative of "The Kalevala" (J.R.R. Tolkien's basis for "Lord of the Rings"). Concept and choreography by Max Pollak in collaboration with Chikako Iwahori and Nick Corley. Original music by Max Pollak and Paul Carlon."

03/09/07Two New Reviews of 'Other Tongues'

Two great new reviews have come out in the past week. Both of these are written by reviewers who are very well-informed about music, and who I feel really get what I'm trying to do with my group. The link below and to the right is for a review on PopMatters, an online site based in Chicago.

03/08/072nd New Review

This link is for a review in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill News Observer

02/13/07Paul Carlon Octet to be featured opening night of new concert series at Dekk Restaurant!

On Sunday, March 4, we'll be doing two sets (8 and 10 pm) at Dekk, a great restaurant and club in Tribeca. Check the 'gigs' link for all the details.

02/04/07'OTHER TONGUES' STILL ON THE CHARTS!

At last count my Octet CD had spent 14 weeks on JazzWeek's World Music Chart.

In addition, the song "The Spirit Calls" made Latin Beat's Hit Parade Top 20 for Denver for Dec./Jan., AND we got mentioned in Nelson Gonzalez' column, "Latin Beat Music Update", in the February issue of Latin Beat.

01/22/07Interview Tonight on WKCR 89.9 FM

My apologies about the short notice; this just came together today. Tonight I'll be a guest on German Santana's show, "Caribe Latino", from 10pm to Midnight. We'll be spinning some tunes from my new CD 'Other Tongues', and talking about the music. Check it out if you're in radioland later tonight!

01/06/07IAJE in New York Jan. 10-14

For those of you who will be in New York attending IAJE, I'll be there and would be more than happy to meet any and all. Just send me an email by clicking on the 'contact' link.

--Paul

12/29/06PC Octet blessed with major grant money from the New York State Music Fund!

Through the Central New York Community Arts Council based in Utica, my group will be doing a series of shows in the Utica school districts in the fall of '07. This is kick-ass news! We'll be in the area for a week, and will also be booking some other dates around this mini-tour. Big thanks to Lesley Tillotson, who wrote the grant!

12/10/06Fat Cat was off the chain!

Man, that was crazy good fun! Thanks to all who came out to the shows; we had a great time and we really appreciate the turnout and the great vibe the audiences had. Also, special thanks to Buddy Terry for sharing his artistry with us on Saturday, and to Billy K. for managing the room with such professionalism.

11/20/06'OTHER TONGUES' debuts at No. 45 on JazzWeek's World Music Chart 11/20/06!

Wow! I was really surprised and happy to get this news last week; the response to the CD has been great so far. Thanks to all!

11/10/06Paul Carlon Octet at FAT CAT/NYC Dec. 8th & 9th

Yes Yes Yes, we'll be at the West Village jazz den Fat Cat Friday & Saturday December 8th & 9th, from 10 pm to 1:30 am both nights. Vocalist Ileana Santamaria will be with us, as well as Rumbatap innovator Max Pollak. We'll be playing music from our new CD 'Other Tongues', as well as premiering some brand new works!

11/09/06The CD Release was a blast!

Thanks to all who came out Nov. 7 for the CD Release gig at Hunter College;

Guests Buddy Terry and Max Pollak brought their mojo to the stage of Lang Recital Hall, joining the octet and Ileana Santamaria for some spankin' good times. Truly a memorable evening.

11/05/06CD Release Party Construction Update RE: getting to Lang Recital Hall

Due to construction on the 68th St. entrance of the North Building at Hunter College, to get to Lang Recital Hall you'll need to enter the building on the South side of 69th St. btw. Lexington and Park Ave., closer to Park. There's a clearly marked Hunter College entrance there; go in the doors, take a left at the security desk and take the elevator to the 4th floor. See you there!

10/17/06'OTHER TONGUES' CD RELEASE PARTY! *****November 7th******

It's here it's here it's finally here! My octet CD, 'Other Tongues', is ready to hit the streets! Details:
CD Release Party: The Paul Carlon Octet featuring Ileana Santamaria and Special Guests Max Pollak and Buddy Terry

*****Tuesday, Nov. 7 at Hunter College, Lang Recital Hall, 7:30 pm


Where: Lang Recital Hall is in the North Building on the 4th floor;
The North Building is on the Northwest corner of East 68th St. and Lexington Avenue

How Much: $10/$5 w/student ID; CD release special: for $15 ($10 for students), you get admission plus a copy of the new CD!

Getting There: 6 train to 68th St./Hunter College; F train to Lexington Ave/63rd St.

Paul Carlon - tenor saxophone, flute, mbira, creative & musical direction, composition
Anton Denner - alto saxophone, flute
Ryan Keberle - trombone
Mike Fahie - trombone
Dave Smith - trumpet
John Stenger - piano
Dave Ambrosio - bass
William "Beaver" Bausch - drumset
Ileana Santamaria - vocals
Special Guests:
Max Pollak - Rumbatap (a hybrid of tap dance and Afro-Cuban and world rhythms that has revolutionized the way people in the tap and world music think and feel about both expressive media)
Buddy Terry - Tenor Saxophone

We will be playing one concert set starting at 7:30 and running approx. an hour and fifteen minutes, featuring music from the CD.

09/14/06New Octet CD coming out this fall!

Stay tuned for CD release date and details about the CD release party; this recording features nine original compositions and one Billy Strayhorn tune arranged by yours truly...Ileana Santamaria is also featured on vocals on three songs. Special guest Max Pollak contributes his Rumbatap innovations on two songs, including a piece I wrote for him called "Rumbatapestry" (on the tracks page)...and the inimitable Buddy Terry is a very special guest, gracing "Street Beat" with his funky tenor tone (the theme song for this site).