Paul Carr, a Houston native and 1985 Howard University graduate, has dedicated his professional career to mastering the saxophone and the art of Jazz. He carries on the Texas tenor tradition espoused by great heroes such as the late Houstonians Arnett Cobb and Don Wilkerson who served as his early idols and mentors. He grew up in inner-city Houston, Texas and was a member of the Kashmere High School Stage Band, whose director, the late Conrad Johnson, is the subject of a documentary, Thunder Soul, produced by actor, Jamie Foxx. Though never having had private music lessons, Paul has received several outstanding musician awards at high school and college jazz festivals.
A native of Washington, DC, Marshall began playing in the DC Youth Orchestra Program, then flirted with Jazz Studies at Howard University, all the while gigging with the notorious Blackbyrds, and the great blues artists Jimmy McGriff and Jimmy Witherspoon. Marshall has enjoyed two collaborations with Mexican jazz pianist Juan Jose Calatayud at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC and at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California. In 2002 he toured Central and South America as a Jazz Ambassador with Lenny Robinson’s Organic Trio, and in 2003 toured Japan and the UK with vocalist Jimmy Scott. In May of 2005 Marshall went to Guinea, West Africa to perform and to lecture on the history of jazz in the US. Other highlights include a special concert performance of the music of Wayne Shorter at the Museum of American History commissioned by the Smithsonian. Guest performer and lecturer at the Romare Bearden Exhibit at the National Gallery of Art.