Blues
Boogie Woogie
& Jazz Piano

Born in San Sebastian (1979). Paul has a bachelor's degree in Jazz piano, and his great passion has been Blues, ever since he began with the classical piano at the age of twelve. His first contact with Blues was through the groups of Rhythm & British Blues of the 60s. Playing live since the age of 15, he is currently immersed in the tradition of the Blues piano styles, such as Stride or Boogie Woogie. In 2011, his first solo work, "Tracks", on piano and voice, on the label. Gaztelupeko Hotsak Recording, came to light. Standing out among his influences are, among others, Alan Price, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roosevelt Sykes, Memphis Slim, Otis Spann, Sunnyland Slim, Dr John, Professor Longhair and James Booker. 

Along with his group, Stay Blues, he has taken part in various Blues festivals and participated, for five consecutive years, in the Jazz festival in San Sebastian. In the summer of 2007, the band released their first album/CD.


Over the course of his already wide-ranging career, Paul San Martin has collaborated with artists of great relevance, among whom are the likes of, Nico Wayne Toussaint, Otis GrandLluís Coloma, James Armstrong, Ñaco Goñi, Slam Allen, Sax Gordon, Chris Ruest and the legendary Blues legend, Billy Boy Arnold. In 2013, Paul, once again, recorded, his latest work on piano and voice, "Paul's mood", a new pianistic venture into the different styles of the Blues but this time on the Gaztelupeko Hotsak recording Company/label.

Playlist

  • Single
    Paul San Martín & Romain Gratalon

    Recording: 2016

    • San Martin Boogie / 0:00
  • Paul's Mood

    Recording: 2013

    • Down The Road A Piece / 0:00
    • Paul's Mood / 0:00
    Comprar
  • Tracks

    Recording: 2011

    • 44 Blues / 0:00
    • What's The Matter / 0:00
    Comprar
  • Stay Blues

    Recording: 2007

    • Cow Cow Boogie / 0:00

Own discography

  • Single
    Paul San Martín & Romain Gratalon

    2016

    In 2011, while touring with the great French harp player, Nico Wayne Toussaint, Paul San Martin met drummer Romain Gratalon (Dax, France, 1989). They immediately hit it off and decided to create a duet inspired by Memphis Slim and Michel Denis. Over the last few years they have performed numerous concerts in France and in Spain. 

  • Paul's Mood

    2013

    Paul San Martin makes use of Blues, Boogie Woogie, Jazz themes composed and/or performed by artists/authors such as Jelly Roll Morton, Memphis Slim, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Evans: a list of first-rate musicians. The bottom line in a record of this kind is not only the skill of the musician (he play the piano very well and his singing is evocative) but also the ability to leave his personal stamp on the tracks, and give the recording a conceptual sense of unit assembly, something which is achieved from beginning to end.

  • Tracks

    2011

    First solo work conceived in a piano-blues style, which includes 12 compositions, interspersing instrumental pieces with songs. Eleven of them are Blues, Boogie Woogie, Gospel or Jazz classics composed during the first half of the twentieth century. The recording opens with "44 Blues", chosen by San Martin as his favorite of this work, and It also includes the original composition "Oihana".

  • Stay Blues

    2007

    Founded by Alvaro Fdez Gaviria (harmonica) and Paul San Martin (piano and vocals), Stay Blues was musically active for over 10 years, recreating the tradition of blues in the countless gigs performed in small honky-tonks as well as in the various festivals held in and around the Basque Country. Soon afterwards, they were joined by Fernando "Lucho" Neira and more recently by Karlos Aranzegi (drums). Their long-awaited debut album was released in the summer of 2007.

Colaborations

  • Blues Train

    2017

  • Billy Prince
    Live!

    2017

  • Javi Fermín
    Soy un Antiguo

    2015

  • The Romanticos
    My Time

    2012

  • The Romanticos
    Do It Yourself

    2014

  • Triz3ps
    EP

    2012

  • Triz3ps
    Buenas Nuevas

    2014

Vídeos

  • School Days On My Mind

  • Roll 'em Pete

  • "I Just Called" (Aaron Moore)