Bio-Paul DeLong

Juno award winner, multi-platinum artist, author and educator, Paul DeLong’s work spans many genres of music encompassing funk, Afro-Cuban, rock and jazz. A member of Canada’s music royalty and considered one of North America’s top drummers, Paul DeLong’s many successes during his lengthy career have coalesced into his passion project, jazz-fusion band Paul DeLong’s ONE WORD.

Well-known for his work with legendary artists such as Kim Mitchell, Domenic Troiano, Lawrence Gowan (Styx), David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat and Tears), Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Tom Scott (L.A. Express) and David Blamires (Pat Metheny). These and many other artists have requested his expertise behind the traps for live performance, TV and studio work. DeLong’s innate skill with diverse types of drumming, combined with his knowledge and instinctual understanding of rhythm along with his musicality, place him in high demand.

Together for five years, Paul DeLong’s ONE WORD is a seamless fit of five extraordinarily talented artists….Victoria Yeh (electric violin), Marco Luciani (keyboards), Steve Lucas (bass), Michael Murray (lead guitar) and Paul DeLong (drums and percussion). Their stunning performances of fusion classics by The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, Jean-Luc Ponty, Return to Forever, Allan Holdsworth and many more….both beautiful and powerful….will keep you mesmerized.

Hailing as one of Canada’s brightest young talents, Juno award winner Marco Luciani began playing piano at the age of five studying at the Royal Conservatory of Music. His musical versatility is well rooted in the classical tradition but his innate talent for composition and talent for natural improvisation led to his deep dive into the sensibilities of jazz. A highly sought after composer and sideman Luciani has penned, collaborated and recorded albums, movie soundtracks and TV shows for a long list of artists including Gino Vannelli, Kim Mitchell, Alfie Zappacosta, Dirty Dancing, The Big Bang Theory…..the list is endless. His magical touch on the keyboard adds the perfect “note” to the ensemble cast that is Paul DeLong’s ONE WORD.
Michael Murray’s fingers blur as they move up and down the frets of his guitar, seemingly to barely touch the strings. As the lead guitarist of Paul DeLong’s ONE WORD, Murray’s mesmerizing performance on A Lotus on Irish Streams is spellbinding and is the perfect foil for the plaintive call of Victoria Yeh’s violin. A young guitarist experienced in an extensive variety of music styles and genres, Murray is a graduate of Humber College’s music program and is a member of the faculty at Centennial College. His love of the guitar extends to his enthusiasm as an educator, teaching all styles of guitar including rock, jazz and classical.
Toronto-based violinist Victoria Yeh’s unique style….dynamic and progressive. Classically trained, Yeh combines the purity of her musical heritage with the edginess of progressive fusion. She lights up the stage with her infectious energy, her passions and her distinctive style, captivating audiences across Canada. Yeh performs both acoustically and with her brilliant red “flying V” electric violin, appearing as both a solo artist and with her five-piece band The Spirit Awakens as well as with the Barlow-Yeh-McNeil Trio and Groove Chakra jazz duo. Yeh also serves as Concertmaster for Toronto’s Summerhill Orchestra. As a member of jazz-fusion band Paul DeLong’s ONE WORD, Yeh presents the violin as it’s rarely seen.
An international recording and touring bassist, electronic artist and composer, Steve Lucas’s cutting edge brand of jazz fusion adds another dimension to any performance. As a bassist he has shared the stage with Bruce Cockburn, Loreena McKennitt, Moe Koffman and Levon Helm (to name just a few). As a composer, Lucas’s work has been featured in numerous shows and television productions including The Daily Show with John Stewart and The Diary of Alicia Keys recording. Lucas’s thesis for his Master of Arts degree in musical composition included the intersection of jazz-fusion, a perfect complement to the performance of Paul DeLong’s ONE WORD.
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