Paul Joseph Quartet
graphic design: Edgar Mills
The Paul Joseph Quartet is known for its unique jazz arrangements of classical music, as exemplified in their performance with New York’s Nova Philharmonic of “Mozart Meets Jazz.” As well as their Classical Jazz programming, they’ve concertized extensively the past several years doing a variety of American Songbook composer-theme programs featuring Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, Kern, Ellington and even holiday jazz. The PJQ’s dynamic rhythm section consists of drummer Mike Corn and bassist Edgar Mills, both seasoned performers and producers, who are joined by the eclectic violinist Susan Mitchell.
Paul Joseph - piano
photo: Nancy Epstein
Symphonic composer & pianist Paul Joseph has taken enthusiastic audiences on an inspiring musical journey through the passionate world of his classically-oriented compositions in orchestral and ballet performances, as well as solo piano concerts. His compositions have been performed by many orchestras nationally including the Queens Symphony Orchestra led by world renowned maestro Arthur Fagen who states, “Paul Joseph is certainly a composer whose music deserves to be heard. His music has a beautiful, deep felt lyricism which has an immediate emotional impact upon its listeners.” Paul Joseph’s symphonic multidisciplinary extravaganza “The King of the Mask,” the lifelong reflection of celebrated Cuban artist Roman Valdes, has been choreographed and performed by Ballet Long Island and Dance Visions NY, with excerpts performed at Tilles Center. He has performed extensively throughout the Greater New York City Area, most recently as leader of his jazz quartet. The Paul Joseph Quartet is known for its unique jazz arrangements of classical music, as exemplified in their performance with New York’s Nova Philharmonic of “Mozart Meets Jazz.” As well as their Classical Jazz programming, they’ve concertized extensively the past several years doing a variety of American Songbook composer-theme programs featuring Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, Kern, Ellington and even Irish, Italian and Holiday jazz. His patriotic song “The Land of the Human Dream” was performed Independence Day 2003 by the Bismark-Mandan Symphony on the steps of the North Dakota capital building. His orchestral “Cry of a Butterfly” was made into a nature music video by JFKA productions and the guitar arrangement has been recorded by the internationally acclaimed Italian virtuoso Fabrizio Ferraro. Paul Joseph has enjoyed extensive media coverage including radio airplay (including WNYC), television interviews (including NBC’s Bismarck affiliate), and numerous feature articles.
Michael Corn - drums
photo: Joe Kellard
Michael Corn is a multi-instrumentalist, comfortable with performing and composing in a multitude of musical styles. His early training began on the piano, which led to drums, bass, and eventually guitar. Michael has toured the U.S. with various major and independent artists, while also co-writing and producing their material in the studio. Currently, Michael divides his time between composing music for film and television, producing material for up-and-coming artists, and teaching piano, drums, bass and guitar.
Edgar Mills - bass
photo: Joe Kellard
Dynamic bassist Edgar Mills is also known for his skill as a producer, engineer, videographer and editor. His platinum CD credits include “Marcy Playground” and his TV credits include the Discovery Channel’s “Last Seen Alive.” He is the founder of Natural Productions and the Global Musician Network, as well as being the bassist for the EcoJazz Band. Edgar’s world dance global fusion CD “Buddha on Mars”, released in 2000 to critical acclaim, has now been further enhanced with the release of a full hour original DVD of which segments were aired on PBS.
Susan Mitchell - violin
photo: Joe Kellard
Susan Mitchell is a NYC-born violinist who has also performed on viola and cello. Classically-(conservatory)-trained, her eclectic musical tastes have led her to study and perform a broad range of musical genres and styles, encompassing jazz-from Gypsy swing to bebop, ethnic/world music including Greek, klezmer, Russian gypsy, Celtic, Latin-salsa to tangos, Indian ragas, Cajun, Persian, Bluegrass, zydeco, and Norwegian hardanger fiddle. She has toured Europe and performed with several rock bands; from Goth to alternative to New Orleans blues. You might see her playing an elegant classical function at the Waldorf Hotel, and sitting in at a jazz session downtown at 2am the same night. She has recorded and improvised original music on several soundtracks, and has appeared in many films/tv as a musician and actress, including Confessions of a Shopaholic, El Cantante, August Rush, Sex & the City, Love Monkey, Ed, C.I., Law and Order, and Kings, among others.