MEET PAUL GIESS
Paul Giess is a versatile trumpet player, composer, and educator based in Philadelphia, PA. Paul is currently employed by the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz serving as an Education Consultant to Artistic Director Lovett Hines. Paul additionally teaches trumpet at the Clef Club. Paul’s teaching also extends to the Meridee Winters School of Music where he teaches beginning piano. Paul is also the Music Coordinator for the Center for Creative Works, a vocational arts center for adults with disabilities. He is currently active in multiple ensembles in the Philadelphia area including Outside Sound, Bitters and Rye Jazz Band, The Abstract Truth, Erik Kramer and Friends, Dr. B's Groove, The Boheme Big Band and The Philadelphia Jazz Project. He also leads his own ensemble, The Paul Giess Group.
Most recently Paul has completed a McKnight Visiting Composers Residency, awarded through the American Composers Forum. For this residency Paul collaborated with MSS, a community of artists with disabilities. Over two months Paul work-shopped with MSS to record original music and produce a live concert featuring his collaborators from MSS.
Paul is thrilled that his composition "Prayer for Mimi" has been included in the Philadelphia Real Book, published in the spring of 2017. This composition has also been selected to be included in the second edition of this publication. In December of 2015 Paul was the trumpet player in the critically acclaimed performance of the musical Black Nativity, hosted by Theater Horizon in Norristown. Black Nativity won a Barrymore award for Best Musical Ensemble. In January of 2015 Paul traveled to New Orleans Louisiana to be the musical director for an original theater work, “AMERICANA”. That same spring Paul released his debut jazz album “U Suite U”.
Paul earned a Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Music Degree, Cum Laude, from James Madison University. While a student, Paul had the pleasure of studying with talented educators including Matt Gallagher, Jim Kluesner, Paul Neebe, John D’Earth, Chris Carillo, Joe Magnarelli, Brian Shaw, Ralph Alessi Bill Grimes, and Willis Delony.
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