The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra
True soul experts form the band: they all boast prestigious collaborations, starting from their leader, who worked and recorded with Boz Scaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Johnny Adams, Maria Muldaur, The Johnny Nocturne Band. New drummer Kevin Hayes has been working with Robert Cray for twenty years. Plus, he recorded with B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, and Van Morrison. Trumpeter Bill Ortiz was part of Santana’s band, and saxophonist Charles McNeal is one of the Bay Area’s most in-demand session men.
They became a stable band in Italy in 2015 for the Poretta Soul Festival. The idea was to form a band specialized in “old-school” soul. The band immediately proved to work and has become a group that can play great stunning and immersive black music (soul, blues, R&B), with a significant discography.
The album “Soul For Your Blues” was nominated for two BMAs, and “After A While” made with Wee Willie Walker received five nominations in 2018. “Not In My Lifetime” came out recently, recorded by the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra a few days before Wee Willie Walker’s death, and produced by the legendary Jim Gaines.
Singer Terrie Odabi joins the band in Orvieto. The Oakland native has been defined as the most dynamic blues and soul woman to have emerged in the Bay Area since Etta James. Few vocalists own the stage like her, thanks to an overwhelming physical and vocal presence. Great jazz trombonist Steve Turre calls her “a jewel from the Bay Area”.