"Paul played great!"
"It was a lot of fun to play with these guys. They really know how to play the right grooves and how to play the blues. It's always fun to play with great players who know what it takes to put on a great show."
"Paul Speidel is a great jazz guitarist!"
"It's always a rockin' good time when the Paul Speidel Band plays the Watch City Brewery!"
(Owner, Watch City
Paul Speidel is a recognized name in the Boston area both as a professional musician and a respected guitar instructor. He performs most often fronting his own group, the Paul Speidel Band, mixing a variety of styles from blues and rock to jazz and Latin music. Paul also appears frequently as a solo jazz guitarist, in addition to working in jazz duos, trios and quartets. Paul has been playing guitar twenty-eight years and has also performed professionally on bass, piano and as a vocalist. His award-winning compositions have been used in soundtracks for industry and training videos. An accomplished educator, Paul has been teaching all facets of guitar privately since 1983, and currently instructs between 35 and 40 guitar students a week.
Paul began playing guitar and started his first band at the age of 12 in his hometown of Chicago. By the time he graduated from high school, he had already gained experience in a variety of styles ranging from rock and punk to blues and jazz. He began his formal training in jazz and classical music at Augustana College in Illinois, where he supported himself performing and teaching privately while getting his B.A. in Music and German. He continued his studies at the University of Northern Colorado, where he was a Teaching Assistant in the Jazz Studies Department. As he worked towards the Master of Music degree in Theory and Composition, Paul continued to freelance in jazz and commercial music, including a stint playing Tenor Banjo in the Dixieland Band!
Paul moved to the Boston area in 1990, and within a year, began teaching blues and jazz in the Newton Public School system. While continuing to teach, Paul worked briefly the next year as a studio producer and live sound engineer for local singer-songwriters. In 1993, Paul decided to resume his performing career, and began appearing in the Boston area as a sideman and under his own name. In November of 1994, Paul founded and hosted the Sunday Night Blues Jam Sessions at Yerardi's in Newton, attracting top amateurs and professionals to the informal setting. After three successful years, the event evolved into the Blues Showcase Series, which ran through the 1999 season, bringing in major local and national talent such as Jay Geils (J. Geils Band), Duke Robillard (Roomful of Blues, Fabulous Thunderbirds), James Montgomery, Shirley Lewis and many others.
Performers Paul has appeared with include Patti Page, Toni Lynn Washington, Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, Howard Alden, John Lockwood, James Montgomery, Michelle Willson, Shirley Lewis, Les Arbuckle, Bruce Gertz, Gerry Beaudoin, Taylor Made and many others. Paul has performed jazz and blues at many well-known area venues such as Harper's Ferry, Johnny D's, the Tam O'Shanter, Plough and Stars, Karma Club, the Willow Jazz Club, the Kirkland Cafe, Sticky Mike's, the Midway Cafe, the 1359 Jazz Club, Rialto Restaurant (Charles Hotel), and many other clubs and coffeehouses in the New England, Denver and Chicago areas.
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