Drummer Paul Albrecht, a lifelong Philadelphia-area resident, has been
performing professionally since he was 15. He has a long,diverse
professional background in American
music styles, primarily rock, pop, blues and jazz. He attended Berklee College
Of Music(1973-74), studying with legendary jazz drummer Alan Dawson, then
continued his studies locally with Nick Moffo. Throughout the 1970s and
80s, Paul performed extensively in the Tri-State area with many groups,
playing rock, Top 40, disco, country, new wave-the popular styles of
the time, and played with Philly jazz legends The Visitors(Earl and Carl
Grubbs) for a brief period.
In 1986, Paul began a steady gig with legendary Philadelphia-based jazz
virtuoso multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Bruce Mills. Mr. Mills’ group was
the house band at Jewel’s, playing opening and intermissions for many
national and international jazz artists. The group then became the house
band at Sterling’s Place, performing 3-4 nights a week until Mr. Mills’
passing in 1989.Philly jazz legends Jymie Merritt(bass) and Eddie
McFadden(guitar), among others,were members of the group for a period.
this period Paul also began his own jazz group, which he led until 2006.He
featured many notable Philadelphia jazz artists, including Dylan Taylor,
Bill Zinno, Tim Price, Paul Gehman, Denise Montana, Mark Kramer, Kenny
Kellem, Cliff Kellem, Frank Cook, Joe Stevenson, Ed Crockett, Rich Budesa,
John Ellis, among others. As well as restaurant, club, and private work,
group also performed at the Berks Jazz Fest, the Clifford Brown Jazz
Festival, the Peco Energy Jazz Festival, The Philadelphia Free Library,
the Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts. The 1990s also saw Paul doing
plenty of rock, blues, oldies and private engagements with many area
groups, including a stint with blues diva Deb Callahan.
the years Paul has also performed with stellar Philly jazz artists Joe
Fortunato, Bootsie Barnes, Bruce Kaminsky, Uri Caine, Nate Wiley, Tony
Williams, Joe Kearney, Sam Reed, Eric Mintel, Steve Giordano, Les Powell,
Pete Souders, Rob Budesa, and Ed Niederheiser.
century brought blues & swing work with Ron Kraemer And The
Hurricanes; a 19 month steady gig with popular Philadelphia vocalist
Juanita Holiday(including a performance at the Kimmel Center); classic
rock & blues with Backbone Blues Band;plus dates with fusion guitarist
Doug Markley and area jazz guitar legends Ed Goehringer and Steven Russo.
Also a monthly gig with jazz guitarist/composer John Smith
(2005-10);a stint with Soul To Soul, a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute fronted
by Philly rock guitar legend A J Slick; an ongoing association with
pianist/vocalist Joe Stevenson, a longtime Philly jazz treasure, including
appearances at the annual Tony Williams Scholarship Jazz Festival; and The
Archive(2010), a classic rock/jam band. Paul was also a member of legendary
Philadelphia bassist Ed Crockett’s trio, until Mr.Crockett’s passing in
2010;and has performed with the eclectic, original contemporary jazz group
Mischa Machez, featured on WRTI FM radio show” The Bridge” hosted by
J.Michael Harrison(July 2010);as well as jazz violinist Ben Sutin.Paul
currently performs with the Dave Steel Blues Band, the Lou Walinski
Ensemble,and Richard Harner And Friends.
Paul has maintained a continuous, dedicated teaching practice since
the early 1980s.He currently teaches at New Jersey School Of Music,
Medford,NJ (since2001). Paul’s teaching methodology and approach
is based on his lifelong, varied professional performing experience; and
centered on a thorough understanding of
rhythmic fundamentals and practical, real-life application
emphasizing the drummer’s role and requirements as a team member and
accompanist. His goal is to enable each student to eventually be able to
teach themselves, from a vantage point of knowledge and understanding.
Paul had an educational article published in Modern Drummer
magazine in 1983,and was profiled in Modern Drummer’s On The Move
feature in 1996,as well as educational articles in Drum Rolls newsletter.
He was also a member of the Vic Firth Education Team and the
Percussive Arts Society, for many years.