Paul Connors Organ Trio
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Paul Connors Organ Trio

Croton-on-Hudson, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Croton-on-Hudson, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
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The Paul Connors Organ Trio performs original compositions in addition to thoughtful reinterpretations of R&B and Soul classics from masters Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Shuggie Otis and many more which are featured on the trio's debut CD Soulphonic. The trio’s live repertoire also includes a wide variety of jazz standards, the odd-Beatles tune, and of course some down-home blues taken from the classic organ trio canon of artists such as Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Larry Young, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Don Patterson. Whether the trio are playing elements of what may be considered blues, r&b, soul, funk, jazz, or gospel the trio are locked into the pocket - it’s all about the groove.

Paul Connors - Hammond B3 organ

Paul Connors is a pianist/organist in the New York metropolitan area. Paul's various projects reflect his love for classic r&b and soul, funk, blues, and jazz. In addition to The Paul Connors Organ Trio, Paul's projects include his private event band, as well as being a member of A Decade Of Soul, Blue Roadhouse Orchestra, and The Brian Harrington Quartet. 

The new CD from The Paul Connors Organ Trio Soulphonic, is available now through CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon. 

For the past 30 years, Paul has also been a session musician in recording studios in New York City and the surrounding area. Paul has composed recorded for television commercials for Nike, Banana Boat, and the MSG Network, and has recorded for artists such as Michael Powers, Melissa Reaves, The 4th Floor, and The Hip Pocket Band. Paul's latest session work has been at Sliding Door Studios in New Rochelle, NY where Paul has been heard on various artist's CD's, as well as music and sound design for television shows such as CBS's "Criminal Minds", "Pawn Stars", "Cajun Pawn Stars" and "American Pickers", WE's "Big Easy Brides", and Velocity's "Saw Dogs".

In addition to performing in the New York area, Paul teaches music in the Westchester County public school system as well as private lessons on piano, voice, guitar, and bass. Paul earned a bachelor of arts in English from Fordham University, and graduated summa cum laude from the master of arts program in music education form NYU. Paul currently lives in Croton-On-Hudson NY with his wife and two children

Will Van Sise - guitar

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Will was drawn to music at a very young age. Through the influence of his family’s record collection William started learning guitar at age nine, and never looked back. After a short stint at Five Towns College of Music he arrived in New Orleans, seeking to further study the roots of American music.

William’s musical appreciation and aptitude span from the genres and subgenres of Soul, Jazz, Blues and Country.  He has performed all over the United States and Europe as a sideman.

After a devastating accident in 2008 and the fear of never being able to play music again, Will dedicated his life and energy even more so to his passion: music. Not only playing and performing but teaching and mentoring as well.

With strong improvisational skills he is never afraid of taking musical chances. Exciting, emotional and soulful are a few words to describe Will's playing. Playing with the Paul Connors Organ Trio gives him the ultimate freedom to express.

William lives with his wife and two boys in Westchester New York.

You can see him weekly performing with A Decade of Soul, the house band at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Times Square, NYC. He is also the host and leading mentor at The People’s Jam at Lucy’s Lounge, Pleasantville NY. As a teacher Will has developed teaching methods borrowed from much of his Martial Art training. He has a unique way of connecting with his students, tailoring lessons to the individual.  

Jon Doty - drums

New York based drummer/composer Jon Doty began his love affair with the drums at age seven. He has studied with master musicians such as Michael Carvin, Jim Price,  and Joe Chambers.

Jon has performed with a diverse list of Jazz and contemporary artists including Stanley Cowell, Ron Carter, Frank Kohl, Vernon Reid, Bob Baldwin, Jeff Redd, Gil Parris, Bernard Wright,  Michael Hill,  Grace, and Sonny Sharrock.

As a leader, Jon released the critically acclaimed "Until The Last Star Is Out" in 2003 which features his Quintet and nine original compositions. When not leading his own band he is an in demand sideman, in a variety of settings, throughout the NYC area. 

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