Today, Paula is actively sought as a soloist for corporate and community events, including eight years performing at the Eagan Art Festival, and nine years on the Como Lakeside Pavilion stage. Creative projects include collaborations with pianist Mary Louise Knutson, guitarist David Martin, cellist Greg Byers, accordionist Denny Malmberg, and singer Reeves Cary. As a guest artist, she has recently appeared with the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra, the Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra, Minnesota Jazz Orchestra, on the Pipestone Performing Arts Series and on the Top Hat Series (Ulen, MN). She has been a member of the Stillwater Victorian Holiday Carolers for eight years. With the Phil Mattson Singers, she performed at the Jazz Educators Network convention in San Diego (2015). Home in the Twin Cities, Paula’s recent gigs have included a recent concert at Antonello Hall at the MacPhail Center for Music, Crooners Lounge, Jazz Central Studios, Jazz at St. Barney’s, Parma, Parley Lake Winery, and the Cannon River Winery. Still involved in music education, Paula currently teaches at MacPhail Center for Music,Cadenza Music, and at her private studio in Apple Valley.
Paula has released two acclaimed recordings in the company of small ensembles of Twin Cities’ top musicians. Her debut album, A Blanket of Blue, appeared on Top Ten for 2005 by Syracuse internet radio station Live 365; Deep Purple Dreams (2011) was declared “a smart collection of tunes, admirably performed” by Doug Boynton (Girlsingers.com) that offered “more proof of the groovy jazz scene keeping Minnesota as warm as it possibly can” (Chris Spector, Midwest Record).
I’m a guitarist and bassist, originally from the Ohio/West Virginia area. Most of the last 25 years in Minneapolis playing all styles on both instruments. I was in Portland, OR in 2008-’09 where I’ve recorded 2 CDswith fellow guitarist Mike Doolin. Our new CD ‘Dark Star’ will be out fall of 2016, ‘Tough Commute’ (2014) is here along with our first CD‘Reflection’ (2009) and 3 singles from 2015.