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Read about Les Paul's 90th Birthday Tribute
at Carnegie Hall on June 19, 2005, where Jon Paris was the special guest band leader for the grand finale;
and Modern Guitars.
Check out Guitarbeque
where Jon Paris sings the praises of good barbeque for the Food Network.
Read about Jon's latest venture, as the guitarist on a project
to restore Elvis Presley's earliest recordings, in
The New York Times.
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Album details are also available in the
Jon plays at Hubert Sumlinís 70th Birthday Bash
at BB Kingís, 11/17/01, presented by the NY Blues & Jazz Society and WFDUís ìAcross the Tracksî.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Tuesday, July 5, 2005
Whenever Jon Paris plays Summerfest, the occasion is part homecoming party and part blues seminar.
Originally from Milwaukee but based in New York City, Paris is the consummate
rock'n'roll blues sideman. He has played with everybody from Bo Diddley to Les Paul.
When he gets back to town, old friends invariably show up to join the party.
Monday at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, the guest list included Steve Cohen on harp
and Warren Wiegratz on sax. There was something very appropriate about Paris'
decision to close his set with Chuck Berry's homecoming celebration, "Back in the USA."
Musically, Paris hits almost every vein of roots-rock and blues. Monday's set touched on
Led Zeppelin and Johnny Winter and drew heavily on Paris' albums "Rock the Universe"
and "Blue Planet." Pro that he is, Paris always keeps it interesting and fun.
High points included "The Blues Had a Baby," "Deep Feeling," "Trying Times,"
"Blues This Bad," and his Harley-Davidson salute, "Milwaukee Metal."
Paris mentioned that he had played a long run of Harley reunions, adding,
"They should have had us instead of that English guy [Elton John] for the 100th."
And he's right.
- Dave Tianen
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Friday, June 24, 2005
Les Paul celebrated his 90th birthday at New York's Carnegie Hall
last week with a number of stars from the entertainment world, including JosÈ Feliciano,
Bucky Pizzarelli and Eumir Deodato.
Waukesha-born guitar legend and inventor Paul called for his guests of the evening
to join him for the grand finale. At his request, former Milwaukeean
Jon Paris (on vocals and harmonica) led the band through a powerful, swinging
version of the Louis Jordan/Ray Charles/B.B. King classic, "Let the Good Times Roll."
Backed by Paul and his trio (Lou Pallo on guitar, John Coliani on piano, and Nicky
Parrott on string bass) and augmented by Will Lee on electric bass and Omar Hakim on drums,
it was an awesome showcase of talent. Also on hand for the impromptu jam were
Milwaukee-born Steve Miller, Peter Frampton, Neal Schon, Joe Satriani, Derek Trucks,
Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Lukather, Pat Martino, Stanley Jordan, Kenny Wayne Shepherd,
and saxophonist extraordinaire Edgar Winter.
Milwaukeeans will have two chances to hear rocker Paris this summer.
He'll open for Little Feat at Summerfest (Maier Festival Park) on July 4 and
will be a special guest with the Jim Liban Blues Combo at
the Garfield Avenue Festival on July 9.
HOT LICKS New Blues Releases
The NYC guitar hero and former Johnny Winter sideman busts a move
with a window-rattling set of low-down blues and high-powered rock.
Hot Lick: Tough call, but "Juke Joint Jump" literally levitates
New York Blues & Jazz Society
"The blues had a baby and they named the baby rock and roll," sang Muddy
Waters. I say they named him Jon Paris. Blues masters love to boast. Bo
Diddley proclaims "I'm A Man." Muddy Waters brags "I'm a Hootchie Coochie
Man." Jon Paris, not to be left out, sings I'm "Good To Go." In "Overhauled
Cadillac, he preens, "I just got a tuneup and an overhaul. Now my Cadillac
drives just like new. Let me take you for a ride, little girl, and I'll show
you what my Cadillac can do." A talented writer, Mr. Paris authored both
songs as well as the majority of tunes on the album.
Although Mr. Paris began his career on drums and plays most electric
instruments, here he limits himself to vocals, guitar, and harp. His
expressive, commanding voice and bluesy, liquid guitar dominate the album.
Ably backed for the most part by Amy Madden on bass and Sandy Gennaro on
drums, Mr. Paris and guitar explode on "'Til I Lost You," "This Ain't The
Planet I Signed Up For," and "Paris Blues." Some of his style may be
attributed to the ten year stint playing bass in Johnny Winter's trio. Like
a full-throttle locomotive, Mr. Paris steams through his John Lee Hooker
tribute, "The Boogie." Slide guitar, however, turns out to be Mr. Paris's
secret weapon. He kills on the Sonny Thompson's lament, "The Sad Night Owl,"
his own, dangerous,"One Step Forward and Two Steps Back," and the Elmore
James' classic "Talk To Me Baby." The sparsely sprinkled harp serves as the
piece-de-resistance. Dig the growling smears and high-note articulation on
Tasteful, boistrous, commanding, respectful of the past but hooked into the
future, Jon Paris had best start preparing to sing "The Bigtime Blues."
Blues Art Studio Journal [Vienna, Austria],
La Hora del Blues
What can I say about Jon Paris that blues fans do not already know ?
For about ten years he has been Johnny Winter's trio bass player
and occasional harp player too.
In this cd Jon reveals himself as an excellent rock and roll,
boogie-woogie and rhythm and blues singer and guitar player.
He gives us thirteen intense songs full of 'hard-drivin'rock-blues-guitar'
that will make your home foundations shake like they were suffering
a terrible tornado.
You will immediately notice Johnny Winter's influences on Jon's
guitar technique, although the repertoire is quite different from the
one Winter is playing now. Kenny Krame and Sandy Gennaro at drums,
Amy Madden at bass and Jon Paris at guitar,
harp and vocals basically perform Jon's own
compositions but also some versions of such great musicians like
John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Brownie McGee and Hap Walker.
The cd was recorded and mixed in New York, Jon's favorite city
to live and work. GREAT
- Vicente 'Harmonica' Z™mel
No. 20 Dec/Jan 1996
If anyone can rock the universe, it's Jon Paris.
Best known as a sideman (notably with Johnny Winter,
with whom Paris worked for over ten years).
Paris has also led a first-rate trio
for many years that is easily one of the
most popular live blues-rock acts in
New York City. His long-awaited debut
captures much of the energy and
excitement of his live performances.
Paris' originals sound like old R&B standards that someone you've
managed to miss for all these years.
Did Jon Paris really write "Born to Rock" and "So Much Love" and
"Lost in the Shuffle" ? You bet he did.
The few covers are chosen with great care. The Chuck Berry
instrumental "Deep Feeling" showcases Paris' excellent slide work, and is
given the stamp of authenticity by Berry's pianist Johnnie Johnson, who
also plays on the Paris original "Goin' Nowhere Fast." Another excellent
choice of cover material is Otis Rush's
"Double Trouble," a chance for some deep, true blues, and for Paris to show
his fine vocal abilities, in addition to his
extraordinary guitar and harp work.
Other guest artists lend their special touch to this release, notably
the Uptown Horns, who make the rave-up
"Rock-Rock-Roxanne" even punchier.
Clearly, a lot of care has gone into this album,
and it's easy to see why Paris has long been a favorite
with New Yorkers. We've pretty much come to regard him as our private
property, but once word gets around about the album I guess we're
going to have to share with the rest of you.
- Jennifer Zogott
Paris need bow his head to no one.
Not Hendirx. Not Elmore James. Not Stevie Vaughan.
A blistering blues guitarist,
Paris can hold his own with the best of the take-no-prisoner boys,
including Johnny Winter (with whom he played bass for
over a decade). But what makes this solo debut
a real romper-stomper is the overproof material.
Packed with such Paris originals as "Blues This Bad" and
"Born to Rock" - whose titles sound like the instant
roadhouse classics they are - Universe
includes some inspired covers: a goose-bumpy
deep slide treatment of Chuck Berry's "Deep Feeling"
(with Berry piano man Johnnie Johnson) and an
inventive shout/gospel reading of the Stones'
"It's Not Easy."
- rated 8 of 10 - Cree Mc Cree
What took him so long ? Seasoned New
York club legend Jon Paris finally goes solo
with a seamless mix of eight original tracks
soaked in the blues-rock tradition and four
excellent covers given fierce and fiery treatments.
A veteran bass- and harmonica-man
who's worked with people like John Hiatt,
Link Wary, Ron Wood and most notably
Johnny Winter, Paris proves an exciting
a great voice that's smooth and biting at the same time.
smooth and biting at the same time.
Anthems like "Born to Rock" and
"Milwaukee Metal" steer clear of cliched
FM hard-rock with the help of a genuine
bluesy feel. Stand-out tracks include the
slide-driven "Blues This Bad"; a bookie
update on the Rolling Stones' chestnut
"It's Not Easy"; the Chuck Berry instrumental "Deep Feeling"
(with Berry's pianist Johnnie Johnson);
and Otis Rush's "Double Trouble" (with the Uptown Horns),
fiery guitar work.
Ther's a sinewy purity to all this:
it's rock n' blues without the bluster;
power-packed chords without the posturing.
This man deserves to be heard far and wide.
- Brendan Foreman
The New York Post
July 25, 1995
New York club fixture Jon Paris,
a guitar journeyman who's
always sitting in at some-body
else's gig, who is most famous as Johnny Winter's
side man, has a disc of rootsy blues out today.
Paris is an accomplished musician with a knack for
drawing you in with liquid guitar riffs,
fine vocals and make-you-cry blues harp.
He knows how to burn through a song.
Formerly the bassist with Link
Wray and Johnny Winter, and easily
the most visible guitarist and
harpist on New York's blues-rock
scene, Paris takes a gutbucket approach
on this debut, tearing
things up with a variety of vintage
tones and a growly, good-time
singing voice. He traverses balls-out
tunes of his own ("Born to Rock,"
"Rock-Rock-Roxanne," and other
similarly intentioned odes) all the
way over to Doug Yankus' supple
"Trying times," spiking everything
through with a deft, bluesy-yet-heavy
lead style. Paris includes a
poignant, slide-drenched cover of
Chuck Berry's "Deep Feeling,"
where he's backed by Chuck's own
Johnnie Johnson on piano.
Elsewhere, his cleverly blended
acoustic and electric slide parts,
chugging shuffle rhythms, and rollicking
solos punch up tunes featuring the Uptown Horns,
Anton Fig, Amy Madden, and others.
Paris is a magnet for rock warriors and under his command
the battle gets won.
By the time Jon Paris got around to releasing his first solo album,
he had already toured around the world and spent quite a bit of time in
the studio. As a bassist and harmonica player, Paris spent more than
a decade performing and recording with blues rocker Johnny Winter.
He has also recorded with the likes of Bob Dylan, Ron Wood, John Hiatt,
Jimmy Cliff and Peter Tosh.
Last June, Paris finally stepped into the spotlight with the release of
Rock the Universe (Fountainbleu). "I hope people get a chance to hear
this," Paris says of his debut, which shows him leading his own band on
guitar, vocals and harmonica. "When you spend years playing behind other
musicians, people don't realize that you have your own trip."
Before releasing the album, Paris built a following for his solo act performing
in New York clubs and opening up for such artists and George Thorogood, the
Fabulous Thunderbirds and Albert King.
Rock the Universe shows Paris and his band playing
energetic, high-strung blues, with guest performances by
Johnnie Johnson, The Uptown Horns, and drummer Anton Fig.
"My feeling about music is that it's music," Paris says.
"I wish there were no categories. If you had to
categorize it, it's blues-rock. It's great to be compared to your idols."
The Austin Daily
Paris's blues stylings are remarkable.
The Atlantic City Press
July 2, 1996
The last time I saw Paris, he was the bass player in
Johnny Winter's superb blues/rock band.
"Rock the Universe" is Jon Paris' first solo venture and
it is a gem of a blues and rock disc,
complete with powerful remakes and
first-rate self-penned tracks.
On this album, Paris turns his sights to playing some
white-hot lead guiter. And he is aided by
backing musicians whose collctive credits include
stints with Billy Squire, Robert Gordon, Joe Cocker, and Paul McCartney.
Regarding his stylistic approach, Jon Paris has a considerable amount of
Johnny Winter in his playing.
A touch of Pat Travers and a gallon of the late Rory Gallagher
are present as well.
My picks of this most consistent and emotive pack are the
stirring Chuck Berry instrumental "Deep Feeling," "Blues So Bad,"
Otis Rush's time-honored "Double Trouble," and the
Rolling Stones' "It's Not Easy."
With "Rock the Universe", Paris is burning !
- Greg Allen
The Album Network
New York club legend Jon Paris helps to kick off a new
label, Fountainbleu. Paris spent years playing alongside
Johnny Winter, as well as stints with Mick Taylor, Ron
Wood, Les Paul and Link Wray. Now we have his first
solo outing, Rock The Universe. The album is rootsy and
blues-based with progressions into boogie and rock.
Joining Paris for the sessions were Johnny Johnson,
The Uptown Horns and Anton Fig of David Letterman fame.
Hot numbers includ "Blues This Bad," "So Much Love" and
"Lost in the Shuffle."
A Manhattan fixture who has backed
Johnny Winter (among others), guitarist/singer
Paris goes solo with a set of road-house blues
and boogie that recalls Dave Edmunds on
overdrive, particularly in a shrewd
cover of the Stones' rarely revived
It's Not Easy. Rowdy fun.