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.
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.
During this period Paul also began his own jazz group, which he led until 2006.He featured many notable Philadelphia jazz artists, including Dylan Taylor, Chuck Taylor, Bill Zinno, Tim Price, Paul Gehman, Denise Montana, Mark Kramer, Kenny Kellem, Cliff Kellem, Frank Cook, Joe Stevenson, Ed Crockett, Rich Budesa, and John Ellis, among others. As well as restaurant, club, and private work, the group also performed at the Berks Jazz Fest ,the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, the Peco Energy Jazz Festival, The Philadelphia Free Library, and 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.
Through the years Paul has also worked with stellar Philly jazz artists Joe Fortunato, Bootsie Barnes, Uri Caine, Nate Wiley, Tony Williams, Joe Kearney, Sam Reed, Eric Mintel, Steve Giordano, Les Powell, Pete Souders, Rob Budesa, Ed Niederheiser, Kenny Gates, Lisa Chavous, and David Dzubinski.
The 21st 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.
The next few years saw Paul working with the Dave Steel Blues Band,The Hurricanes (Classic Rock),The Lou Walinski Jazz Ensemble, The Fred Miller Band (Blues, Classic Rock, Oldies),The Jive Boppers (50s,Oldies), The James Dean Band (Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top, and more…),and freelance Jazz gigs.
More recently, Paul has worked with such Philly jazz players as bassists Tim Wolfe Jr., Tony Cimirosi, and Bruce Kaminsky, guitarists Frank Velardo, Tony Hughes and Bob Wilson, as well as blues stalwart Dave Orban (Mojo Gypsies).
Currently, he performs with The Jive Boppers, The Eric Loken Quartet, The Hurricanes, The Tony Hughes Trio, and The Philly Blues Kings (sub),as well as freelance opportunities.
Paul has maintained a continuous, dedicated teaching practice since the early 1980s.He currently teaches at New Jersey School Of Music, Medford, NJ. 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.
Paul teaches: Drums Lessons
Lessons with Paul are available on Tuesday at the NJ School of Music in Medford.