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Saturday Night Jazz - Straight Ahead Jazz

  • Fedora at Au Lac LA 710 West 1st Street Los Angeles, CA, 90012 United States (map)

Paul Kreibich was born May 24, 1955 in Los Angeles, moving to Costa Mesa, CA when he was an infant. From an early age he showed an interest in drumming, and was working five nights a week at a local club on Balboa Island by his junior high school year. Paul continued his studies at Berklee College of Music.

In 1979 at the age of 23 he got his first major jazz gig with the great Carmen McRae, on tour in the United States and Japan.

After a 6 month stint in Japan, at a friend's coaxing, Paul went to a "cattle call" audition for the Ray Charles Band. He was the last drummer to play and was hired on the spot. Paul traveled with the band internationally for four years. 

Los Angeles remained his home base and he became first call drummer for many touring artists such as Mose Allison, Red Rodney, The Woody Herman Band, Anita O'Day, Scott Hamilton, Joe Pass, Charles Brown, Rosemary Clooney, Lee Konitz, and others. Paul's recording credits are now well over 60 titles including CD's with, Bill Perkins, Dianne Reeves, Bob Cooper, Conte Candoli, Charlie Shoemake, Herb Geller, Cedar Walton, John Hendricks, James Moody, Kenny Burrell, Ray Charles, Gerald Wiggins, Andy Simpkins, Terry Gibbs, Hod O'Brien, Claude Williamson, and Frank Strazerri.

In 1995 Paul joined the Gene Harris Quartet where he toured and recorded with the group until Harris' untimely passing in

January 2000. 

Paul continues to record and perform locally as well as touring.

He is now on the music faculty of Cal State Fullerton and teaches privately.   

Drum legend Stan Levey says, "This man is a truly outstanding drummer, one of the best I've heard. A lot of drummers have their own agenda, but Paul is always listening, listening…sensitive to the needs of the leader. I call it simpatico. His brush- work is very tasty - and that's a rarity today. It's a pleasure to listen to him."

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