A native of Washington, DC, Paul began playing the trumpet at age 9. While growing up in DC, Paul has played with the Blues Alley Youth Jazz Orchestra, DC Youth Orchestra and DeMatha Catholic High School's Wind and Jazz Ensembles. Paul would graduate from DeMatha in 2012. Paul’s desire to be a great jazz trumpeter led him to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Paul would eventually graduate from Oberlin in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in jazz trumpet performance and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in jazz studies at Howard University.
Today, Paul is a Washington D.C.- based trumpet player with an array of playing experience. His trumpet teachers include David Kellert, Robert “Brother Ah” Northern, Kieron Irvine, Donvonte McCoy, Dennis Reynolds, Sean Jones, Eddie Henderson, Derrick Gardner, Jeremy Pelt, and Fred Irby, III. Paul has shared the stage with jazz artists Joe Lovano, Cyrus Chestnut, Sullivan Fortner, Ben Williams, Tia Fuller, Brian Lynch, and Christian McBride. He has also played with R&B artists Larry Graham, Dwele, Faith Evans, and Grammy-award winning R&B songstress Monica. Paul has also done work in the gospel world by playing at Metropolitan Baptist Church as well as with renowned gospel artists Yolanda Adams, Kierra Sheard, and Richard Smallwood.
Paul not only has a passion for playing, he is dedicated to the preservation of our great American art form. He served as a jazz trumpet teaching assistant at Oberlin as well as the trumpet instructor at the Washington Jazz Arts Institute and is currently a graduate assistant in the jazz department at Howard University. He has served as a clinician for the DeMatha Catholic High School Jazz Band and currently teaches private students online and in-person. Composing and arranging new music is another element of Paul’s musical contribution. He documents his life experiences through musical composition.