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"Paul is one of the most unique jazz guitarists who is quickly emerging in NYC. A subtle player possessing a distinctive lyricism and an embraceable artfulness, Paul demonstrates the ability to tell stories and paint pictures through notes and rhythms. His pristine and crystalline sound will whisper to your ears, transcending beyond the universe into the infinite world of his imagination."


Paul is a guitarist, composer, an educator based in New York City. Born in South Korea in 1993, Paul moved to Houston, TX and began studying the guitar at the age of 12. At age 14, he began to perform around Houston and other parts of Texas with the Blue Lion Jazz Band and Sound Of The South Dance Orchestra. He was selected to perform at the TMEA All-Region and All-State Jazz Band at age 18.


In 2011, Paul moved to New York City and studied with some of the most renowned musicians in the world including Adam Rogers, Ari Hoenig, Will Vinson, Mike Moreno. Additionally, he has recorded and shared the stage with some of the most world renowned musicians such as Dave Holland, Alan FerberMark Ferber, Alex Sipiagin, Randy Brecker, Danny Mixon, Diane Moser, Dave Glasser, and more.


He attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, where he completed his BFA in Jazz Performance in 2015 and finished his Master of Music degree at New York University in 2018.


In 2017, Paul was selected as a semi finalist for Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition and actively performed at numerous venues in NYC and festivals such as Blue Note, Bar Next Door, Minton's Playhouse, Cornelia Street Cafe, NubluMontreux Jazz Festival, and etc.

In 2020, Paul returned to South Korea for his duty to serve in Republic of Korea Army where he played trumpet and guitar at 51st Infantry Division Military band. Currently he is discharged and back to performing and working on releasing his album as well as returning to NYC while actively performing and recording around Seoul, South Korea.


  • The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (2015 학사), New York University (2018 석사), New England Conservatory (준박사, 휴학중)

  • New York University 출강 (2017-2018)

  • Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition 몽트뤠 국제 재즈 기타 콩쿨 참여 (세미파이널리스트, 2017)

  • 뉴욕 프리랜스 재즈기타리스트 활동 (2011-2020)

  • Adam Rogers, Mike Moreno, Peter Bernstein, Jonathan Kreisberg, Ben Street, Doug Weiss 등 사사

  • Dave Holland, Randy Brecker, Alex Sipiagin, Alan Ferber, Mark Ferber 등 협연

  • Minton’s Playhouse, 55 Bar, Blue Note, Cornelia Street Cafe, Bar Next Door 등 뉴욕 재즈클럽에서 연주

  • 뉴욕 타임 스퀘어 The Knickerbocker Hotel 에서 Residency 로 매주 연주 연주

  • Sukyung Kim “Lilac Hill” 앨범 참여 (2019)


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