In 2005 Paul Brady graduated from DePaul University with a degree in jazz
studies. During that summer he performed with the Hot Club of Detroit for
the first time. Within weeks following that performance at the Detroit Jazz
Festival, the band was asked to record for Mack Avenue Records and Brady was
invited to be a full time member. From 2005 to 2007, Brady was also on the
faculty at the David Adler Center for Music and Arts in Libertyville,
Illinois. There he taught guitar, bass and jazz improvisation while
freelancing as a guitarist in Chicago.
As a classical guitarist, Brady made his recital debut as a part of the
Adler Center's Faculty Concert Series, which included performances of
chamber music with Mezzo soprano Cecila Hall and members of the Chicago
Civic Orchestra. Brady has also studied conducting with Michael Lewanski and
An active producer, Brady co-organizes the Detroit Django Reinhardt Festival
along with HCOD leader Evan Perri. The two continue to bring this festival
into the mainstream by prompting sponsorship and bringing in nationally
known guest artists, who have included Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Anat
Cohen, James Carter.
Brady made his debut as a record producer in 2008, working with the Chicago
jazz trio Kaleidoscope whose release "Map to the Ocean" is available through
. Brady finished producing the debut CD for the Chicago
based flamenco trio,
, which released in the spring of 2009.
As a writer, Brady has contributed to the to the encyclopedia of jazz
and is a columnist and blogger for the magazine Wine
and Jazz. He is also the author of It's About That Time, a music, wine, and
finer things blog. Most recently, Brady was a contributing editor to the
online edition of Jazz: the first 100 Years, by Dr. Keith Waters and Dr.
Brady attended Rutgers University at Newark, where he taught part time while
completing his Master's thesis in Jazz History and Research on Django
Reinhardt. Brady lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and continues to perform
with the Hot Club of Detroit and as a free lance jazz/classical guitarist,
while writing, producing and teaching.
Paul is currently playing the "14 Fret Orchestre" guitar made by