Paul Richardson: El Gaucho Seattle Pianist

Paul Richardson has shared his musical gift with us every Sunday and Monday evening at El Gaucho Seattle since joining our team in August 2009. “When I was a toddler, I heard my first 78 record and was hooked on music,” he says. “Being able to express myself and change the mood in a room is a great gift.”

Paul taught himself how to play piano at just 5-years of age. He was “forced” to learn the drums and played them for 10 years, which he now admits has helped his timing.

Throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s, he played keyboard and synthesis, mostly focusing on rock, pop and Top 40 genres. He’s become known for his ability to play left-handed bass while playing the keyboard with his right.

Paul has shared his musical talent throughout the world, sharing the stage with greats such as Herbie Hancock, Chuck Mangioni, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Savoy Brown, Ernestine Anderson, Maya Angelou, The Dalai Lama, and many more. He’s also played at the Beijing Olympic Village, Hong Kong, and numerous times around Mexico. He’s released one CD and is working on his 2nd.

Even with his accomplished musical career, Paul works in another: for 32 years, he has worked as a Communication Technician, System Analyst, and Plant Engineer. Most importantly, he and his wife have raised four daughters and now have 6 grandchildren, as well as a Doberman Pinscher (“the world’s biggest lap dog,” he says). In his “spare” time, he enjoys photography and exploring new great spots to eat.

Paul was raised in Tacoma and graduated from Stadium High School. Among his friends and family, he’s known as being a support system for everyone, as well as being a “music software and computer geek.” He admits that he almost starts crying whenever he plays a sad song, and while he can’t name a favorite song, evidently his most requested song at El Gaucho is Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Some of this other favorites include Mexican food, Jameson Irish Whiskey, the book, Lies My Teacher Told Me, and TV shows “Game of Thrones” and “Big Bang Theory.” His mantra is, “Change is a process, not an event.”

Want to learn more? Visit Paul’s website at, or better yet, hear him live at El Gaucho Seattle every Sunday and Monday night.


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