Paul is well-known to Texas audiences as an outstanding jazz pianist who has performed and recorded with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Arnett Cobb, David Liebman, David “Fathead” Newman, Bud Shank, Mark O’Connor and John Patitucci.  Alumni of the high-spirited Paul English Group of the 1980’s include Kirk Whalum, Dwight Sills, Tony Campise, Tod Vullo, Herman Matthews, Tim Harris, Tom Cummings and Hal Robinson.

A native Texan and longtime Houston resident, Paul enjoys performing locally with his various jazz and classical crossover groups: PICO (Paul’s Improvising Chamber Orchestra), PIVO (Paul’s Improvising Vocal Orchestra), The Paul English Jazz Quartet, et al.  His jazz groups of the 1980s were a vital part of a vibrant jazz scene in Houston and were instrumental in the establishment of most of the successful jazz venues at that time and since. Currently he tours internationally with his Touring Jazz Quartet, as a solo artist and with his crossover group, PICO.


Paul English Recordings

"Girl in Green", CD, Paul English Jazz Quartet featuring David Liebman, recorded in 2000; released January 2020,  PEM Records and Parma Recordings-Big Round Records

"amor a roma: Piano Meditations", CD, Paul English solo piano, 2018, PEM Records

"Love Tale: Piano Meditations", CD, Paul English solo piano, 2018, PEM Records

"Cloud Illusions", CD, Paul English Trio featuring Elisha Jordan and Brennen Nase, 2017, PEM Records 11 Both Sides Now (trio)

“Peace Offering: Piano Meditations”, CD, Paul English solo piano, 2015, PEM Records 03 Branches Reaching Skyward

"Christmas on Deer Mountain", CD, 2000, Deer Mountain Records 14 Patapan

"Beauty", CD, Paul English, 1994, Capstone Records 01 Beauty

"Four Winters", LP/cassette, Paul English Group, 1984, Jooma Records

"First Taste", LP, Paul English Group, 1981, Goolengo Records


Coming soon…


"Sketchbook", CD, Paul English, solo piano, 2001 (first release scheduled for November 2018), PEM Records 11 Adieu


        Recordings as Producer for Other Artists

“Hour of Tranquility”, Sonja Bruzauskas, CD, 2015 04 Zu Bethlehem Geboren

“I’m Confessin’”, Raquel Cepeda, CD 2013 12 I'm Confessin' 13 Corcovado/Estate

 “Young at Heart”, Johnny Bush, Ray Price and Willie Nelson, CD, awaiting release

 “Night Life”, Adeline Cuesta, 2012

 “Lazy Afternoon”, Catherine Woodruff, CD, 2010 04 Lazy Afternoon

“Bring Him Home”, Todd Miller, CD, 2010 07 Down Where the Willows Weep

 “Christmas with the Champion Sisters”, The Champion Sisters, CD, 2007, IS Records 03 Mister Santa

“Better Watch Out”, The Champion Sisters, CD, 2006, IS Records Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

"The Louisville Project", Richard Nunemaker, CD, 2006, Arizona University

“In the Mood”, The Champion Sisters, CD, 2004, Capstone Records

“Magical Place of My Dreams”, Richard Nunemaker, CD, 2003, Arizona University

“Major to Minor”, Cindy Scott, CD, 2002, Catahoula Records

"Christmas Carols", Caroline Bowles, CD, 2000, Radio Angel Music

“A Little Tango In Her Blood”, Alison Young, CD/cassette, 2000, ADR Records

“The Cathedral”, Susan McDonald, CD/cassette, 1995, Mayfly Records

“Joel Stein: Dilemma”, Joel Stein, CD/cassette, 1994, Goldrhyme Records

“Love Songs for Violin & Piano”, Rodica Weber, CD, 1994

“Golden Petals”, Richard Nunemaker, CD, 1992, Lyn-Rich Records


 As Arranger and/or Sideman with Other Artists

 “It Takes Everything”, Kenny Cordray, 2012.

 “La Mujer Que Canta Blues”, Evelyn Rubio y Calvin Owens Orquestra Azul, CD, 2007, Sawdust Alley

“Houston is the Place To Be”, The Calvin Owens Show, Vol.3, CD, 2007, Sawdust Alley

“Kashmere Gardens Mud”, Johnny Bush, CD, 2007, Ice House Music

“I Ain’t Gonna Be Your Dog No More”, Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra Vol. 2, CD, 2006, Sawdust Alley

“Say Boy How You Do That Thing”, Calvin Owens Hip Hop Orchestra, CD, 2006, Sawdust Alley

“I’m Still Here”, Trudy Lynn with the Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra, CD, 2006, Sawdust Alley

“Es Un Amor Legendario”, Calvin Owens Orquestra Azul, CD, 2006, Sawdust Alley

“Gruene Rain”, Janet Z, CD, 2004

“Soul Soup”, Tommy Lee Bradley, CD, 2004

 “Modern Day Eve”, CD/cassette, Shannon Cutts, The Orchard 2002

"Every Story is a Love Story", CD, The Sonoras, 1998, Hawthorne Records

“Encantado”, CD, Mary Jane Benner, 1995

“Standing on the Bank”, CD/cassette, Tab Benoit, 1995, Justice Records

“Tu Solamente Tu”, CD/cassette, Elsa García, Capitol, 1995

“Miss Molly & the Whips”, CD/cassette, Miss Molly, 1993, EFM

“The Road Kings”, CD/cassette, The Road Kings, 1993, Bullet Records

“Nice and Warm”, CD/cassette, Tab Benoit, 1992, Vanguard Records

“Potato Radio”, CD/cassette, King & Moore, 1992, Vanguard Records

"Back Here Again", CD/cassette, Wendi Slaton, 1992, Justice Records

"Orphan's Farewell", cassette, The Sonoras, 1992, Portsmouth 2 Records

“Tom McCain”, LP/cassette. Tom McCain, 1992

"Children of Promise", CD/cassette, Scott Kauffmann, 1991, Portsmouth 2 Records

“Ni Mas, Ni Menos”, CD/LP/cassette, Elsa García, Capitol, 1991

"Si", CD/cassette, Erich Avinger, 1991, Heart Music

"Turn Around and Look", CD/cassette, Wendi Slaton, 1990, Justice Records

"The Flipside", CD/cassette, Thomas Bacon, 1989

"Show Time", CD/LP/cassette, Dizzy Gillespie/Arnett Cobb, 1989, Fantasy Records

"High Rise" LP, High Rise, 1977, Brown Door Records


Solo Performances of Note:

Numerous performances in the US, Europe, and Central & South America as a solo artist and with the Paul English Group, the Paul English Jazz Quartet and Quintet, Paul’s Improvising Chamber Orchestra (PICO) and Paul’s Improvising Vocal Orchestra (PIVO)..

Performances with other artists of note:

Popular: Marty Allen, Paul Anka, Nanda Banarjee, Jack Benny, Tab Benoit, Betsy Brown, Johnny Bush, Johnny Carson, the Champion Sisters, Cynthia Clawson, Sammy Davis Jr., Chris Duarte, The Four Aces, The Golddiggers, Gladys Knight and the Pips,Louis Nye, Oliver, David Rice, Nick Russo and Gabriel’s Brass, Barry White…

Jazz: Nat Adderley, Erich Avinger, Steve Bailey, Greg Bissonette, Carmen Bradford, Pete Brewer, David Caceres, Tony Campise, Candido, Richie Cole, Arnett Cobb, Dennis Dotson, Mike Drake, Wilton Felder, Lou Fisher, Carl Fontana, Jimmy Ford, Frank Foster, Tia Fuller, Carlos Garnett, Dizzy Gillespie, Barrie Lee Hall, Fred Hamilton, Billy Harper, Tim Harris, Peter Herbert, Steve Houghton, Harry James Orchestra, Marc Johnson, Jim Kalson, Will Kennedy, Nancy King, Milt Larkin, Brad Leali, David Liebman, Joe LoCascio, Rob Lockart, Delfeayo Marsalis, Jason Marsalis,
Greta Matassa, Herman Matthews, Anita Moore, Glenn Moore, Mike Mordecai, Kim Nazarian, David "Fathead" Newman, Mark O'Connor, John Patitucci, Fred Radke, Frank Rehak, Howard Roberts, Tom Scott, Bud Shank, Dwight Sills, Larry Slezak, Spencer Starnes, Suzi Stern, Bubbha Thomas, Nestor Torres, Mike Vax, Ernie Watts, Kirk Whalum, Horace Alexander Young III…

Classical: San Antonio Symphony, Houston Symphony, Houston Civic Symphony, Galveston Symphony, Houston Chamber Choir, Houston Pops, Texas Chamber Orchestra,Houston Quartet, Delia Stewart Dance Company, Houston City Ballet, Patsy SwayzeDance Company, Trio Angelico, Evening Rapport, Several Dancers, Tri-MediaArts…

Acknowledgements:  Critic’s have praised him as “Houston’s best jazz...” (Houston Press),“Houston’s best jazz artist...” (Public News),“Houston’s best keyboardist...” (Houston Press) and “...the architect of Houston’s Jazz scene...” (Houston Chronicle)

A native Texan and longtime Houston resident, he and his groups have been instrumental in the establishment of most of the successful jazz venues in Houston since the 1980’s.




The Warwick Hotel

The Blue Moon

The Blue Water Grill


The Magnolia Hotel

The French Corner


...and many others

Paul English is also a registered Steinway concert artist and records for Paul English Music Records.


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