Michael Paulo – Back With The Funk

One of the most versatile and cosmopolitan saxophonists in pop, soul and contemporary Jazz for nearly 35 years, Michael Paulo has added his distinct saxpertise to a virtual who’s who of artists including Al Jarreau (Paulo’s longest term touring association), James Ingram, No. 1 Smooth Jazz trumpeter and guitarist Rick Braun and Peter White, Oleta Adams, Kenny Loggins, Patti Austin, Jeffrey Osborne, Jeff Lorber, David Benoit, Carl Anderson, Bobby Caldwell, Johnny Mathis and more.

Paulo’s new single, “Back With The Funk” features Paul Jackson Jr. on guitar and as the title suggests, they are back with the funk!

Listen to Back With The Funk on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 23/3).

Michael Paulo – The Hawaiian Ambassador

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One of the most versatile and cosmopolitan saxophonists in pop, soul and contemporary jazz for nearly 20 years, Michael Paulo has added his distinct saxpertise to a virtual who’s who of artists, including Al Jarreau (Paulo’s longest term touring association), James Ingram, No. 1 Smooth Jazz Trumpeter and guitarist Rick Braun and Peter White, Oleta Adams, Kenny Loggins, Patti Austin, Jeffrey Osborne, Jeff Lorber, David Benoit, Carl Anderson, Bobby Caldwell, Johnny Mathis and more.

Paulo grew up in a musical family (his father a pianist, his mother a singer, his siblings all playing instruments) and though he came upon the sax relatively late at age 15, he quickly became first horn player in his high school band and was playing professional gigs around the islands within a few years. Rather than accept a scholarship to North Texas State, he chose a more adventurous road by joining Hawaiian pop/rock band Kalapana, which had some success on the mainland but was most popular in Japan. After playing regularly and recording on all four of Kalapana’s albums from 1975 through 1979, Paulo recorded a solo album for Japanese release on Trio records. In addition to exposing him to the Japanese jazz audience, Tats in the Rainbow gave him the opportunity to work with legendary pianist Herbie Hancock.

Paulo moved to Los Angeles in 1981 and quickly established himself by playing with percussionist Ray Armondo and a local R&B outfit featuring members of Rufus. Two years later, he caught his big break when Al Jarreau hired him for his touring band. The young saxman became an integral part of the Jarreau experience while touring the world for the next decade. Paulo also gained international recognition as a result of his work on Jarreau’s famed “Live in London” release.

In 1988, Paulo met producer Robert Kraft while recording a solo for singer /songwriter Vonda Sheppard . Impressed with the young saxophonist talent, Kraft secured Michael a major recording contract with MCA Records. Kraft produced his MCA debut One Passion, which became a Top Ten hit on the contemporary Jazz/NAC charts. 1990’s Fusebox, on GRP Records which charted in the Top 20 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart.

In 1994 Paulo launched his own label Noteworthy Records with the release of his fourth solo project Save the Children. Paulo spent much of the Nineties managing Noteworthy Records and touring with other artists, strengthening his solo career overseas with many Asian tours as well. Internationally, he is especially beloved in Asia and Thailand where Save the Children was first released. While that album found Paulo reflecting on the joys of fatherhood and his many world excursions, its similarly successful 1996 follow-up, My Heart and Soul, was about the simple balance between Paulo’s passions for slamming funk and dreamy balladry. My Heart and Soul was immediately a top ten Smooth Jazz hit. Continue reading

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Hawaii

When gifted jazz legends are playing their hearts out, then this will be certainly on one of the Hawaiian Islands. Some of you might remember the fantastic Maui Festival at the Kaanapali Beach Resort. Jazz entrepreneurs John and Rebecca Rozenberg set a stage for artists like Nestor Torres, Norman Brown, David Benoit, Peter White, Scott Wilkie, Acoustic Alchemy, Dave Koz and Jeffrey Osborne.

Todays Michael Paulo is the  driving force on the neighboring island Hawaii.  The Pacific Rim Jazz Festival at The Hawai’i Convention Center was  the first major festival event ever held there.  It was also the intent of the festival to highlight and feature many of Hawaii’s own talented artists and musicians and in the process allowing them the opportunity to share the stage with world class artists.

Michael Paulo invited the smooth jazz aficionados in February to an evening with the incredible guitarist Peter White featuring an All star La Band with Nate Philipps on bass, Eric Valentine on drums, Gregg Karukas on keyboards and Michael Paulo on sax.  So we can await a constant contribution at this place.

Hawaii, always called the Big Island to avoid confusion, is the largest of the islands and home to Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa (the largest and one of the most active volcanoes on Earth), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, coffee and macadamia nut plantations, working ranches, and even green sand beaches. Kailua-Kona is the busiest part of the island on the dry, leeward side, and near the mega-resort Kohala Coast area with nearly zero annual precipitation.

All but two of the world’s climate zones generate everything from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts, snow-capped mountaintops to beautiful black sand beaches. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a journey off the beaten path, you’ll discover it all on Hawaii, the Big Island.