Paul Klemperer and the New Hampshire Ensemble

Drawing from American roots music, including classic jazz, blues, R&B, and American Songbook. Paul’s saxophone adds a Gulf Coast flavor from his years of playing in Texas & Louisiana.  Paul’s connection to New Hampshire goes back to a childhood summer home, which remains in the family, now enabling him to spend a lot of the summer here. Eight years ago Paul approached Gordon about getting some musicians together. The result is the New Hampshire Ensemble, a powerful array of musical talent that provides high energy music great for listening and dancing. Amazing textures of sax, guitar and keyboard are anchored by superb bass and drums.


The band enjoyed these gigs over the summer, plus a fabulous private party in mid-August.

Paul Klemperer and the NH Ensemble have been the cornerstone of the Summertime Music in Depot Park. The incredible sound that Paul has perfected thrills the audience year after year! He engages with all ages, and his contagious beat keeps everyone moving……. We are so privileged that Paul has adopted the Monadnock area as his home away from Austin, Tx.
Paul has brought the music quality, especially Jazz, to a higher standard for all musicians to meet. Forever Grateful!
— Pelagia Vincent Event Director, Depot Square Summertime Music in the Park

The Quintet

The quintets repertoire is mostly instrumental jazz with occasional vocals from Paul. Material includes jazz standards and several of Paul's originals. In addition to Paul, the band consists of:

Spencer Peery, guitar
Max Nunnemaker, bass
Gordon Peery, keyboard
Garrett Cameron, drums

It is always a pleasure having Paul and the NH Ensemble celebrate with us here at Aldworth! Perfect for audiences of all ages, this group’s soulfully fun music and great chemistry make them a favorite in our summer music series .
— ~ Shane Long, proprietor Aldworth Manor

The Sextet

For parties and other situations where moving is the order of the day (or night) the band is joined by singer Pati Cloutier. In addition to some jazz favorites the repertoire includes classic rock, blues, funk, all played with dance-inspiring energy.

Pati Cloutier

Pati Cloutier

“Since Mongo Santamaria wrote the tune Afro Blue in 1959, there have been many covers throughout the jazz world and beyond; three of my favorites being John Coltrane, Cal Tjader and Diane Reeves. The main theme/melody of Afro Blue is simple enough, but the tune has always inspired a more complex treatment of instrumental and vocal layering, some more successful than others. Last summer (2018) I happened to be in a park in Peterborough, N.H. listening to a group of local players taking on the venerable Afro Blue, with gusto. These guys, the Klemperer Band really made the tune their own and treated that evening's listeners to a wonderful piece of jazz history, that's as alive and forward looking today as it was in 1959. Bravo!!” ~ Terry Bennett, jazz aficionado.

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