Respected Pianist/Arranger Paul Trueblood Dies

Paul TruebloodPaul Trueblood passed peacefully on January 16, 2012. A native of Evansville, Indiana, educated at Memorial High School and Northwestern University, Paul spent most of his life as a very respected, practicing musician in New York City.

Paul was an accomplished, gifted musician, composer, musical director, arranger and vocal coach. Upon arrival in New York City, Paul's talent was welcomed in a theatrical world where he worked with Mary Martin, Elaine May and Mike Nichols.

He went on to lengthy collaborations with lyricist, Alan Jay Lerner, legendary director, Joshua Logan and the prolific partnership of Betty Comden and Adolph Green. He toured the world with Marianne Faithfull and appeared at Carnegie Hall with Michael Feinstein. Along the way, he has been musical director/pianist for Elaine Stritch, Dorothy Loudon, Helen Gallagher, Carol King, Matthew Broderick, Julie Wilson, Nancy Dussault, and Jose Ferrer and Diane Keaton among many others notables. In October 1989, he appeared at the White House with Judy Kaye.

He conducted the New York companies of the Drama Critics Award musical Your Own Thing, the 1986 Broadway revival of Oh Coward!, Joshua Logan's remounting of Annie Get Your Gun, The Chosen, Red White and Maddox and Dancing In The Dark, a revue of the songs of Dietz and Schwartz, produced by Arthur Schwartz for the Manhattan Theater Club.

 

Paul was also a master teacher at the Cabaret Symposium at the O'Neill Theater Center and the annual Cabaret Conference at Yale University. He also helped many young performers prepare and perform their cabaret shows. His compositions have been performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall and cabarets everywhere.

 

A highly respected artist, a dignified man with very strong opinions and a twinkle in his eye, and a dear friend to many, Paul Trueblood will be missed. He leaves behind his sister Rosanne Hoehn and husband Pete; niece Vicki Hoehn; nephews Mark, Paul, and Tim Hoehn all of Evansville; 11 great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Lucille Trueblood.

Funeral information: Visitation will be from 3:00 – 7:00 pm Monday, January 23, 2012 at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S. Hebron Ave., Evansville, IN 47714.
Services will begin Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 9:30 am at the funeral home and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at St. Benedict Cathedral with Fr. Joseph Ziliak officiating.
Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial High School, 1500 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN 47714 or St. Benedict Cathedral, 1328 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN 47714.