“Many of us know the opening lyrics of the popular jazz standard of the World War II-era “Sentimental Journey”:
Gonna take a sentimental journey
Gonna set my heart at ease
Gonna make a sentimental journey
To renew old memories.
The performance of Michael Paulo and his dad, Rene, at the inaugural Asian Heritage Jazz Festival will takes us on this sentimental journey. It’s happening on Saturday, June 20, at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo, produced by saxman Paulo of Apaulo Music Productions.
Rene Paulo, known as Hawaii’s most beloved pianist, is flying in from the Aloha State to appear in his son’s jazz festival. Michael Paulo is very proud to say that his dad is a Hoku Lifetime Achievement Award honoree for his contributions to the music scene, presented by the Hawaii National Academy of Recording Arts.
The influences of his parents in the music industry was everything to him. He says: “I used to hang out as a little kid at their rehearsals and my dad’s band members were like uncles to me and at times we all went on the road together on holidays.”“