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Paul Zerra Blues Piano & Boogie-Woogie Artist: Bio

DSCN3134.JPG     Paul Zerra is a high-performance Blues and Boogie-Woogie piano player. He plays "Old-School" Blues, in the original roots tradition and style.

In 2001, Paul won the "Best Piano Player in a Band" award presented by the Songwriter's Showcase of America.

  A veteran player, he was Classically trained starting at the age of four. As for Blues, he is self-taught with the exception of one magical piano lesson back in 1973 with legendary Blues pianist Pinetop Perkins. Also, Paul studied African-American Church Music with Dr. Horace Clarence Boyer at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Paul's music is fresh and full of life; He brings a passion and deep respect for the traditions of Piano Blues. One reviewer wrote that Paul's music is:

         ". . . Spicy and Magnetic . . . it roams from New Orleans
Boogie-Woogie to the almost torchy stuff to sturdy, rafter-shakin' roadhouse licks."               Rick DeYampert, Daytona Beach News Journal

Paul has played with many bands, including a 6 year stint at the piano and Hammond Organ chair for Joe 'Survival' Caruso, a New Orleans native Bluesman.

Paul has shared the stage with numerous artists: Willie 'Real Deal' Green, Sybil Gage, J.W. Gilmore, "Vast" Ed Vadas, The Daytona Beach Blues All-Stars, Little Johnny & The Tonedogs, etc.

He has played at many top venues, including B.B. King's Blues Club, The House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafe, The Shaboo Inn, Lou's Blues, The Bank & Blues Club, Broken Spoke Saloon, Daytona Beach Bandshell, Downtown Blues Bar & Grille, Vince Carter's, Earl's Hideaway, U-Mass Bluewall, etc.