1966-1969: Paul played trumpet on The Ed Sullivan Show for Tom Jones, Ella Fitzgerald and countless other well known performers of the day. In 1968, Paul joined the musical organization of Fred Waring and toured for two years as lead trumpet player, arranger and musical contractor. During his second year, Paul met his bride to be who would lure him across an ocean where they would be married and happily reside for the next twelve years. Paul followed his musical career as he performed throughout the British Isles, and Europe, with his own band, “Force Ten” and for the BBC; which organization presented him with a trophy cup for his musical achievements. Having voraciously read all of Wilbur Smith’s (30+) historical novels about the African continent, Paul considers a three month “Good Will Tour” of South Africa and Zimbabwe in 1981 as a career highlight.
Trump Park Plaza, NYC: Paul & Irene perform in The Blue Room for Donald Trump and a select group of his friends.
In 1982, Paul and his British bride returned to the United States where he picked up on his musical career playing trumpet for Skitch Henderson, Ray Anthony, Sammy Davis, Jr., Natalie Cole, Broadway shows, etc. Paul and Irene were asked to perform in the Blue Room at The Park Plaza for Donald Trump and a select group of his friends. While Irene was in the midst of one of her featured songs, she noticed Mr. Trump standing in a corridor at the side of the stage. She stopped and introduced Mr. Trump. He was so gracious when he accepted the microphone. After giving Irene a hug and a kiss on the cheek, he said to his audience, “how am I supposed to talk into this microphone after such a beautiful voice.”
Paul suffered a serious, career ending injury when he plummeted from a stage while performing for then NYS Governor, Mario Cuomo. Although a serious road bump, and actually serving to change New York State Worker’s Compensation law, Paul and Irene put their hospitality skills to good use when in 1990 they opened a Bed & Breakfast Inn, in Jeffersonville, NY. There in 2006 they received the accolades of their peers and were honored by New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association as New York State’s “Bed & Breakfast Of Distinction”.
Paul was the founding President of The Jeffersonville Chamber of Commerce for five years, and as such he was instrumental in initiating many ground breaking innovations for the community he served. Among these was an incubator project and Main Street Alliance program, being one of only three communities in all of New York to be selected. Also, a “Jeffersonville Jamboree” which continues to attract visitors from near and far. Paul served on the board of the Sullivan County Advisory Committee as a head hunter in their search to fill the positions of Director of Economic Development, (Alan Sorrensen) and Director of Tourism. (Roberta Byron-Lockwood.) He served as a director on the boards of Sullivan County Tourism, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and New York State Hospitality & Tourism where he was nominated for “Tourism Executive of the Year-2006.”
Paul & Irene’s success in the hospitality industry prompted them to expand when they purchased a resort hotel on 70 acres, which they called: The Meadows. With facilities catering to over 300 people, they featured many performing artists and catered to conventions, weddings, etc. Go To Paul’s Music
Paul and Irene’s Music-Together