February 4th, 2023 8:30pm Stage 3
The Paul Josephs Residency at Rockwood Music Hall
Part III, Trio Show
Residency Extension Celebration!
Power up for February with an
urban night of story and song.
Paul Josephs trio set featuring
Jonathan Maron (Groove Collective, Maxwell) on Bass and Ivan Katz (Eazy Star All starts) on Drums.
Songs new and renewed,
Beats and melodies improvised and arranged,
Analog transcending digital,
Intimate and Inspired,
You and your friends,
Come for the music, stay for the muse.
Paul Josephs is a songwriter, lifetime musician, and native New Yorker who has been leading his own band since age 16.
A guitarist, singer, mcee, and multi-instrumentalist producer who has released two full-length albums: the first Focused Fire as MetroSonics, a hard-driving, musical, and soulful hip-hop album (soon to be re-released) and the second, Strong World a full-band-with-horn-section analog adventure in "psychedelic blue-eyed soul that rocks." His latest single is "January" and can be found on Spotify under the name Paul Josephs and MetroSonics. He has also released a 4 song Blues EP as a homage to some of his heroes of the Blues.
Paul has toured the world with his music and has shared the stage, recorded, toured, and produced with artists such as Beyonce, The Roots, Citizen Cope, Maceo Parker, Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Rodney Jones, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Arthur Blyth, Idris Muhammed, Alice Smith, Immortal Technique and many others.
His original music is a combination of influences including hip-hop, blues, reggae, jazz, funk, folk, and rock that can be expressed in the phrase Rootical Lyricism.
He begins a monthly Residency on Saturday, December 3rd at Rockwood Music Hall in New York’s lower east side, the First Saturday of each month. He is also working on a new full-length album soon to be released.
In his own words:
“Grew up on the Hudson River, the native people of this land called it Mahicanituk or “river that flows both ways,” and named themselves after it as “people of the river that flows both ways,” Muhheakunn (the Dutch used Mohican.) I call her, “Blue Silver.” The songs and spirit are connected with this river; as is true for many musicians and artists alive now and many greats that came before including John Coltrane and Thelonius Monk.
The music is performed with different ensembles often with either a trio of guitar, bass, and drums or a solo concert featuring just guitar or piano and voice; also at times, the music is presented in one-man concerts featuring live-looping. Sometimes the space on stage contracts significantly as the group expands into a septet with trumpet, trombone, sax, and keys or another guitar.
I produce music of all kinds with all different types of people and conduct production and songwriting workshops with students all over new york city and the world.
On the road with purpose and leaving a trail of raised spirits in the wake.”