Drummer Paul Mullikin Presents Orchestral Quintet


Scott H. Thompson

Multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator Paul Mullikin was born into a musical family
and realized at an early age that music was his calling.

Following a 2019 residency at Denver’s Nocturne Club, drummer Paul Mullikin hit the studio with his Orchestral Quintet. With the help of a ‘Pathways to Jazz’ grant, the group was able to capture the unique sound they had been crafting - an eclectic set of Classical works, presented through the lens of improvisation and modern Jazz.

These timeless works of genius offer inspiration aplenty- from Ravel's lush harmonies, Bach’s elegant precision and Stravinsky’s polyrhythmic madness. Paul is honored to have some of the country’s top shelf players along for the ride- Jeff Jenkins - piano, Andrew Rose - bass, Sean McGowan - guitar and Gabriel Mervine - trumpet.

Paul Mullikin Orchestral Quintet was released June 1, 2020 (self-produced).

Paul is a graduate of Denver School of the Arts and Lamont School of Music at Denver University, and is a recipient of a Downbeat Magazine Award and a Presser Scholar Award. In 2016, he was featured on KUVO 89.3's “30 under 30” jazz series.

Paul is an accomplished and versatile performer, and was a veritable chameleon on the Colorado music scene for over a decade. On any given evening he could be found playing percussion with the Colorado Symphony, timpani with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, drums at Jazz clubs, solo piano in swanky hotel lobbies, or even rapping on stage at the Walnut Room (No, really- check out his verbal dexterity with Beats Noir and on ‘Kids Gather Round’ with The Saurus).

Having recently relocated to the Mid South, Paul is excited to become a part of Memphis’ rich musical community. Paul has joined the stage with Arturo Sandoval, Natalie Merchant, Marilyn Horne, Evanescence, Ron Miles, Guster and Trey Anastasio. His performances have taken him to Japan, Greece, and Italy.

In 2017, he was thrilled to be invited to perform with the Boulder Philharmonic at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of the SHIFT orchestra festival. His compositions include: Duet For Marimba and Flute (premiered with Boulder Philharmonic Flautist Elizabeth Sadilek in 2019) and Fruition, a set of songs written for Jazz piano trio with String Trio.

His recorded output includes work with the Lynn Baker Quartet, the Jason Klobnak quintet, Donna Wickham, Art Lande, Beats Noir, and The Saurus.


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About the Author / Scott H. Thompson

About Scott Thompson Thompson served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York for almost a decade. With a background in broadcast journalism, Thompson’s voice and work has been heard on the Associated Press Radio Network, the Mutual Broadcasting network and NBC-AM New York, on The Morning Show. His experience spans radio, television, print and the internet. Thompson co-produced the New Haven Jazz Festival from 1994-2000. A prolific writer, Thompson has contributed to DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, and the All Music Guide. He penned the CD liner notes to Herbie Hancock Head Hunters, Weather Report 8:30, George Duke Brazilian Love, Stan Getz The New Collection, The Essence of Maynard Ferguson, and The Essence of Al DiMeola. Scott is one of the original members of the Jazz Journalists Association. Editor’s note: Style Quarterly is very pleased to make the connection with Scott and values his enthusiastic support of Jazz.


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