Paul Beaudry is a child prodigy whose musical evolution manifested at age five on piano and eight on drums. However, it was the San Francisco native’s discovery of the bass guitar that set the trajectory for him to become an internationally sought after composer, bassist, and lecturer. Beaudry is the CEO of Dancing Spirit Records based out of New York and brainchild of the Intentional Collaboration Institute committed to teaching youth with different cultural and intellectual backgrounds to achieve a common goal through cutting-edge teamwork skills through projects in STEM and music.
Since relocating to New York in 2001 to play on a larger stage, this jazz enthusiast has played on over 30 recordings, including 2010 Grammy Award Winner Stephen Colbert’s “A Colbert Christmas”, and toured in over 35 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Beaudry has toured worldwide as a sideman with Steve Turre, Wycliffe Gordon, and Eric Lewis and also performed in concerts or on recordings with such jazz greats as Clark Terry, Grady Tate, Jimmy Cobb, Frank Wess, and Roy Hargrove among many others. He is the leader of the quartet Paul Beaudry & Pathways whom has released two recordings. The group has been chosen for several tours for the Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program co-sponsored by Jazz At Lincoln Center and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. On tour they travel as U.S. cultural jazz ambassadors giving concerts and workshops to diverse audiences of all ages. Additionally, he has produced numerous recordings in various genres.
Although his first college studies were in Computer Science at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, he could not let loose his dream of becoming a renown musician. In spite of working internships for IBM and Apple, Beaudry continued to perform as a musician and teach music part time. His dedication and commitment for excellence paid off allowing him to become the winner of the San Francisco Jazz Festival Scholarship to Berklee College of Music in 1995. His skills on the acoustic bass garnered him international attention in 1999 as he became the runner up in the International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition. He has been a student of John Clayton, Rufus Reid and Buster Williams and is a proud alum of Berklee College of Music where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Classical Composition. He also holds a M.A. in Jazz Performance from Queens College and currently teaches at Teachers College at Columbia University, and has taught at Hunter College, Hunter College High School, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. He has given master classes, clinics and workshops for students and young musicians worldwide and has been a lecturer and clinician for the Kupferburg Center Jazz Project since 2001.
Now you can see what all the jazz is about … to Paul Beaudry music is life.