Paul C. Pieper

Paul C. Pieper

Infobox Musical artist
Name = Paul Pieper

Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = Paul C. Pieper
Born = birth date|1972|10|20
Washington, D.C., USA
Died =
Instrument = Guitar, Bass
Genre =
Occupation = Guitarist, Composer
Years_active = 1992–Present
Associated_acts = Five Finger Discount, Glass and Apples
URL = []

Paul C. Pieper (born October 20, 1972) is an American guitarist and composer, known primarily for his work as a jazz musician.


Pieper won second place from over 200 competitors at the 1995 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition, a global event whose judges included Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, & Pat Martino. [ [ 1995 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Winners] ] As a jazz musician in the Washington D.C. area, Pieper has numerous appearances at D.C.'s famed Blues Alley & a 2000 stint with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra to his name. Pieper has performed as a touring musician in numerous countries, including Bangladesh, Ecuador, Iceland, Japan, Korea, Russia, & Turkey. [ [ Review of a 2005 Ericka Ovette concert in Dhaka, Bangladesh, featuring Pieper on guitar] ] [ [ Article about the Novokuznetsk Jazz Festival (in Russian), where Pieper performed in June 2005] ] A composer & arranger, Pieper's compositions "Spider Monkey," "Pensées," "Kineticism," & "The Red and the Black" have all been included on recordings led by other musicians. [ [ Cadence Magazine & Washington Post reviews of "Just A Thought" by Dan Lamaestra & One Step Up, featuring Pieper on guitar & his composition, "The Red and the Black"] ] As a session player, Pieper has appeared on upwards of twenty CD's, such as Buck Hill's 2005 release, "Relax". [ [ All About Jazz review of "Relax" by Buck Hill, which features Pieper's guitar playing] ] [ [ Washington Post review of "There's A Small Hotel" by Victor Dvoskin, which features Pieper's guitar work] ] [ [ All About Jazz review of "Street Noise" by The Joe Kap Organ Trio, featuring Pieper on guitar] ] [ [ Washington Post review of "Some Enchanted Evening," an Ericka Ovette recording featuring Pieper on guitar] ] [ [ Washington Post review of "After All These Years," a Ginny Carr release, which features Pieper's guitar work] ] Best known for his work as a jazz player, Pieper's versatility is evidenced by his recent work as band leader and electric bassist for Five Finger Discount, a band performing classic funk songs; he is also a founding member of Washington D.C. area indie rock band Glass and Apples.


As Leader

Paul Pieper - "Stories of Before" (Bright Orange, 2005)

As Guitarist (Partial)

Ericka Ovette/Ruby Hayes - "Sassie & Bessie A-Live at the Paradise Lounge" (Patuxent, 2007)
Dan Lamaestra & One Step Up - "Just A Thought" (2006) [includes the Pieper composition, "The Red and the Black"]
Ginny Carr - "After All These Years" (2005)

Buck Hill - "Relax" (Severn Records, 2005)
The Joe Kap Organ Trio - "Street Noise" (Severn Records, 2004)
Ericka Ovette Sings with the Larry Eanet Quartet - "Some Enchanted Evening" (2002)
Highview - "Awake Enough to Dream" (2001)
Interplay - "Pick Up the Pieces" (JazzScapes, 2001) [includes the Pieper compositions, "Spider Monkey" & "Kineticism"]
Victor Dvoskin - "There's A Small Hotel" (2000) [includes the Pieper composition, "Pensées"]
Glass and Apples - "Playing in the Dark EP" (2000)
Charles Bubeck - "Without Measure" (1999)
Charles Bubeck Quartet - "The Ventilator" (1996)
The Tom Cunningham Orchestra - "All The Cats Join In" (1995)


External Links

* [ Official site]
* [ review of Pieper's 2005 release, "Stories of Before"]
* [ Five Finger Discount official site]
* [ Glass and Apples MySpace site]

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