Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Beaudry, Paul (Thomas)
Beaudry, Paul (Thomas), bassist, composer, educator; b. San Francisco, CA, 3 July 1972. Growing up in South San Francisco where his mother (born Mary Ware, 1944) and father (Roger Beaudry, 1937) remain, he began studying piano at age 5, then drums at age 7 playing drums primarily through high school and the first year in college. His brother (Chris, 1969), a guitarist, was an inspiration and Paul began to write music and play trumpet, guitar, and electric bass while continuing drums and piano.
He finished a B.S. in Computer Science in 1996 at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo during which he started writing larger works for jazz band and orchestra and also playing acoustic bass which became his main instrument. In 1995, he began studying with John Clayton, whom he would continue to study with until 2001. Moving to the East Coast to persue music, Paul earned a B.M. at Berklee College of Music in Composition in 2000 during which he met and married Micheline Degner (b. 1961), a pianist from Berlin, Germany, in 1999. Moving thereafter to New York, Paul began studying with Rufus Reid and Buster Williams, playing in various clubs in the city, and working as a sub on The Lion King on Broadway, and Harlem Song at the Apollo Theater. Also attending Queens College, he finished a M.A. in Jazz Performance in 2003.
As an educator Paul taught the jazz ensembles at Hunter College High School for 3 semesters between 2002 - 2003 as well as performing at jazz clinics throughout the United States. Paul is currently performing with the Wycliffe Gordon Quintet, the Eric Lewis Trio, and with Allan Harris. Paul has also performed and/or recorded with: Clark Terry, Cecil Bridgewater, Eddie Henderson, Frank Wess, Jimmy Cobb, Charlie Persip & Supersound, Gary Thomas, Billy Pierce, Billy Harper, Joe Temperley, Steve Slagle, Junior Mance, Cyrus Chestnut, Mike Longo, Danny Mixon, Xavier Davis, Winard Harper Sextet, Dena DeRose, Miles Griffith, Antonio Hart Quartet, Justin Robinson, Abraham Burton, and Jeremy Pelt, among many others.
Symphonique de las Almas: From A Distant Home (1994); Kimberly Keating: At Last (1998); Todd MacDonald: Changes (1999); Pursuance: Emotion and Intellect (feat. Gary Thomas) (1999); Roger Ebacher Quintet: Backyard Carnival (2000); Todd MacDonald: Walking (2001); Alpha Mosaic (2002); Fredrick Bush: Skin Diver (2003); Sedric Choukroun: In the Parlor (2003); Buyu Ambroise: Blues In Red (2003); Eric Lewis: Hopscotch (2003)
Eric Lewis: Hopscotch DVD (2003)
JazzTimes - Jazz News: March 1996
Jazz Educators Journal - Jazz Perspectives: May 1996
2002 Selected Member of Jazz Aspen's JAS Academy (Aspen, Co)
2002 Selected Member of the Steans Institiute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Music Festival (Chicago, Ill)
2002 Selected Member of The Kennedy Center's Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program (Wash, DC)
1999 International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition, Second Place (ISB Conference)
1996 Endorsement with Ken Bebensee Basses (Ca)
1996 Winner of Aspen Music Festival's 1996 Jazz Bass Fellowship (Aspen, Co)
1995 Winner of the 1995 San Francisco Jazz Festival Scholarship (San Francisco, Ca)
1994 Berklee in Los Angeles Scholarship Recipient (Los Angeles, Ca)