The Grey Wolves Jazz Band will present a free Christmas concert at 6 p.m., Dec. 8, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 302 E. Independence, Shawnee.
The 18-piece band, with vocalist, will play Christmas music and Big Band Era favorites of jazz bands such as Glenn Miller and Count Basie. Paul Stephens, professional trumpeter and performing and recording artist, will perform as a guest artist with the Grey Wolves Jazz.
Paul began his professional performing career in 1988 and has performed as lead trumpet player with many artists and in many shows, including Maynard Ferguson, Slide Hampton, Louie Bellson, Nicholas Payton, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Christian McBride, Herbie Hancock, Barry Manilow, Maureen McGovern, John Pizzarelli, Marvin Hamlisch, The Four Tops, The Temptations, the Eric Miyashiro Big Band, the rock band Chicago, the San Antonio Symphony, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, The Boston Pops, The Milwaukee Symphony, The Long Beach Symphony, The Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra, West Side Story, Sophisticated Ladies, Annie with Sally Struthers, Victor Victoria with Toni Tennille, The Music Man with Larry Gatlin, Fiddler on the Roof, The United States Air Force Band of the West, and the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific - Asia in Tokyo, Japan.
In 2013, Paul retired from the U.S. Army after nine years of performing as the lead trumpet player for the United States Army's premier touring jazz ensemble, the Jazz Ambassadors.
Paul has performed on three Grammy-nominated albums and one Dove award-winning album. He can also the heard on more than 30 records. He has also recorded numerous television and radio jingles and movie soundtracks.
Paul taught applied jazz lead trumpet as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Texas and was director and featured soloist for the Christian Jazz Orchestra. Paul's most recent recordings include projects for the Disney Theme Parks, and he is currently the trumpet instructor at Oklahoma Baptist University.