Paul Moran

Paul Moran

Paul Moran's unique artistry is heard in both the Classical and Contemporary arenas reaching across into film and TV.

His prolific abilities have brought him concert and TV work (UK and worldwide) with an array of artists as diverse and impressive as George Michael, Sister Sledge, The Drifters (MD), Gilbert O' Sullivan (MD), Chris Norman, Joe Walsh, Wishbone Ash, Marcella Detroit, Pete Townsend, Irene Cara, Michael Ball, Buddy Greco, Bobby Davro (MD), Elaine Delmar (MD), Tony Hadley (MD) and Van Morrison (MD). They are a few of the many who appreciate Paul for his sensational skills as a keyboard player, accomplished jazz musician and orchestrator.

His skills in writing and composition have led him to play on many hit albums including the Bronski Beat album Small Town Boy, Kim Fawley's Let the Madness in and the Toyah Wilcox album Dreamchild, to name but three.

Buddy Greco requested Paul's services on piano and Hammond organ for his first U.K. tour, culminating in a fabulous concert at Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London. Paul was honoured to be invited to play Hammond Organ for Kevin Spacey, together with full orchestra, at a star-studded fundraiser for 9/11.

His film and TV work include his unique contribution to the score of the film 'Leo', starring Dennis Hopper and Joseph Fiennes. On the commercial scene Paul has worked extensively for Carlin Music composing library tracks and signature tunes. His credits include One Foot in the Grave (BBC) and work for Sky Sports, together with advertising commissions for Aerial, Dove, Tetley Bitter and Granada. Paul composed, scored and played a considerable part of the soundtrack, including complex string arrangements, for the Sony Playstation 2 game, Ghosthunter. He has also worked on many recording sessions in London studios such as C.T.S., Redwood and Abbey Road Studios.

In his own right Paul has completed his smooth jazz album, Nu Smooth, featuring Olá. Other releases include Paul Moran At Simpsons, a jazz/R and B solo piano album. Paul's most famous release is the album Smokin' B3 - a funky, Hammond organ based album featuring such greats as Andy Gangadene, Chris "Snake" Davis, Jim Mullen and the leading British soul vocalist Ruby Turner. Smokin' B3 was recorded at Abbey Road and Matrix studios in London. It features regularly on national and international radio stations such as Jazz FM and GLR as well as the SKY/CABLE music channel Music Choice. The album reached no 8 in the HMV jazz charts.

Recently Paul was producer, orchestrator, pianist and musical director on the Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet) Big Band Album "Passing Strangers".

He is currently Musical Director to Van Morrison, playing Piano/Hammond Organ/Synths/Trumpet and Flügel Horn. having Directed the recent Van Morrison album 'Astral Weeks Live At The Hollywood Bowl', recorded November 2008 in LA.

Paul spent most of 2009 in the USA, promoting 'Astral Weeks' in concert with Van Morrison.

In 2010, Paul's big break in television came when he was asked to perform as musical director with his own orchestra on the Paul O'Grady Christmas Eve special, prime time on ITV1, working with such acts as Cilla Black and Bette Midler. Whilst focusing on his television work, Paul continued to tour with Van Morrison, juggling the diary profusely!

2011 consisted of Television work, whilst also recording a new Van Morrison album, due for release in March 2012.

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