Nominated for Jazz Artist of the Year in 2001 and 2004 Jam Music
Magazine has said,…"elegant jazz reading….graceful and delicate …. timeless feel
that is perfect. “ “jazz guitarist and Plymouth State University instructor Paul
Bourgelais created a wonderfully warm atmosphere“
As a touring member of the Philip Hamliton Ensemble he has performed nationally from Maine to California, performing for notable organizations as the Lincoln Center and Plymouth Friends of the Arts. As a solo artist Paul has performed at the Currier Gallery of Art, Burlington Jazz Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art in Massachusetts (Mass MOCA) and the Catamount Jazz Festival. He has supported, lectured and toured with members of the Jazz tradition: Clark Terry, Milt Hinton, Sheila Jordan, Dan Gottlieb, Harry Skoler (Berklee), Big Joe Burrell and Paul Combs. But true to the growing nature of jazz, he has continued to keep the art alive with performances and tours with the following: Philip Hamilton, Tiger Okoshi, and Racoon Beach. He has shared the stage with such luminaries as Diana Reeves, Yellow Jackets, Jazz Passengers, John Stubblefield and Jerry Gonzales and the Fort Apache Band.
A certified Music Educator Paul has taught at SAUs in Concord, Londonderry and Bow. He has 8 years of college teaching at Plymouth State University. And has been a member of University of New Hampshire’s Summer Youth Music School for 20 years. Paul has conducted workshops and lectures for thousands of students of all ages. His recording career started in 1999 with a nomination for Jazz artist of the year in New Hampshire and currently includes 16 CDS ranging from Solo Classical Guitar to Jazz -Rock sextets.
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