Erika Paul a.k.a. “Lady Jazz” & “The Jazz Lady”
Erika Paul – NCTM, BMI artist, self-published Harry Fox member and AFM 25+ year member, is that rare career music artist that balances music performance, teaching, songwriting and recording, finding herself equally comfortable being a sideman, leader, teacher and recording jazz artist, enjoying touring locally as well as internationally, solo as well as in small combos all the way up to full 17-piece big bands, on piano and vocals, teaching private piano, voice and guitar while writing and recording constantly as a prolific original indie artist. Erika currently has 12 cds available for sample and purchase on iTunes, is featured on over 100 local and international YouTube videos and was also awarded a 2017 Nevada Arts Council Jackpot grant to help fund her 2017 “SWAY – A Tribute to American Latin Jazz” cd release five-concert local tour, a 2016 Sierra Arts “No Strings” artist grant as the only music awardee and an 2014 Honorary Fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council for her original music. Erika’s trio is currently on it’s second 3-year rotation of performing educational jazz assembly concerts for the Pioneer Center Youth Program in Northern Nevada and you can also find Erika on piano in the DG Kicks 11-piece, 17-piece and 18-piece big bands and singing in front of the octet on Tuesday nights from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Third Street Blues Bar in downtown Reno.
In 2007, Erika received permanent national certification through the MTNA as a private instructor of excellence. In 2005, Erika created, produced and arranged the Grammy-nominated “Scat’s My Bag” k-8th grade children’s educational cd introducing over 100 years of American jazz through 4 standard and 13 original songs that also received three prestigious national awards from NAPPA, Children’s Web and Parents’ Choice. Erika also created a leadsheet songbook and drawing/coloring storybook to go with the cd.
Neil A. Kjos Music Co. also published two early to intermediate level solo piano pieces Erika arranged of her original songs, “Clean Your Room (To The Trumpet Tune) and “Clarinet Claire” that can be purchased online through the Kjos website.
For more information regarding LIVE music bookings, purchasing cds/books or signing up for music lessons, CONTACT ERIKA anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out Erika’s website calendar for upcoming LIVE concert and gig information too!
“May you always have a song in your heart that inspires your soul to dance!”