Born in Rochester NY, Paradigm Shift delivers force back to neo-jazz with organic, funky grooves and street-level grit. Bandleader Melvin Henderson and co-founder Gerry Youngman grew up in jazz clubs: simmering hotbeds of grit and soul. After almost thirty years, Paradigm Shift’s seasoned performers keep it raw and cool.
"First up, at the universally-recognized BEST time to listen to live jazz music of 11AM, is the marvelous Rochester-based trio Paradigm Shift, performing as part of the M&T Lunchtime Concert series at Villa Maria College. Last time I heard these guys they played a couple of killer sets of funky, grooving soul jazz: mainly originals but including a surprisingly burnin’ rendition of Pat Metheny’s “Phase Dance” — a whole ’nother way of thinking about that tune! I *loved* their stuff, and that’s why they’re opening our concert series at Villa! Join us — the specs are below…"
Kelly Bucheger, Buffalo Jazz Collective