New York, Washington, Baltimore
“Bar sales are way up on the previous years when Paul was not here. Please do not hesitate to contact me for a reference ”
Andrew Hollett GM at the time Pinny was resident artist four hours a night for nights a week for three years, now GM at Kettering Park T: 01536 416666
“The very embodiment of the term Crooner. Knows his way round the ivories better than most, with an unbeatable repertoire of originals Classics to keep you entertained."
Island Records artist
"Paul has been performing for a number of years in various hotels in London I have been running. He is an all round entertainer, has shown great engagement and is willing to go that extra mile for customers and you as a client."
Operations Manager, 2014
Danubious Regents Park London
"He sports a white fedora, speaks in a distinctive Scottish accent. With a friendly, bubbly personality that lights up the room and makes everyone feel welcome."
"You sound great."
The Billy Joel Band
with -Avraham Rosenblum
Founder: Diaspora Yeshiva Band
He speaks in a distinctive Scottish accent and sings as though he’s auditioning for a place in the Rat Pack. He’s Paul Avrom Toshner.
A classically trained singer, Paul lives in Pikesville but was born and raised in the city of Glasgow. His professional career began in the Danish city of Aarhus, when an acquaintance asked him to cover his gig as a performer in a hotel for a month. He soon became quite enthusiastic of the associated benefits. “When they first gave me the check, I giggled, that you get paid for doing that."
From there, an agent got him jobs playing at the bars of Swiss ski resorts. He went on to take his performances all over the United Kingdom, including London, Manchester, Blackpool and, of course, his native Scotland.
In the course of his adventures, Paul eventually crossed paths with a Dr. Tan Sri Khoo, he says. A major shareholder and chairman of a British textile company, Khoo became his major patron and pushed him into the musical genre that would become his staple.
Khoo happened to be a great fan of Sinatra. He said he finds American audiences enthusiastic about his repertoire in general — which is what influenced him to relocate to the US three years ago.
“[The British] were great, they’d say, ‘Oh, it’s great, mate. Do you want a drink? Can you play Wonderwall by Oasis?’ But the Americans would be like, ‘Hey, man. Do you know Bob Dylan? Here’s 20 pounds.’ They would tip,” he explains. The fact that American audiences seemed more emotionally invested in his performances helped to sway him as well.
With a friendly, bubbly personality that lights up the room and makes everyone feel welcome, Paul is known for his distinctly off-beat style and an almost mystical relationship with his music.
“I have songs, a handful of my own songs, that I dreamt the melodies of,” he says. “I played so much that… you would dream music. The same as you would dream a dream: Something you can see.” JT
“He is Beatles, u2, its Bob Dylan, its jazz – you write this style and that style – you have obviously been influenced by all the songs you have been playing through the years.The world would welcome something like this now with open arms, the songs are timeless, it’s an album like Sgt Pepper”.
drama and English teacher Canada
AT MCDONALDS BRENT CROSS LONDON
Westfield shopping centre Shepherd's bush London.
With Dr Khoo and his wife as he picked me up for what was to be a three year stint at The Corus Hyde Park.
WITH MESOUD ON GUITAR IN LONDON
"Paul's songs are alive, you have to live with them.
Pinny also sets the standard, when it comes to camaraderie, and healthy artistic sharing."
Portrait artist and Bass player New York City
AT THE CORUS HYDE PARK LONDON
Brightview White Marsh Baltimore
The Crystal, St Moritz
The Chesa Grischuna Klosters
During the season people also ask you come play at private functions in their chalet.
Bastille Taverne Glasgow with Rich on drums
Café des Art's with the Davidoff trio Basil
Princess Square Glasgow
Brightview White Marsh Baltimore
THE LOOP PEDAL RC300