“Moist” Paula Henderson

"Moist" Paula Henderson. Photo by Michael Weintrob
"Moist" Paula Henderson.
Photo by Michael Weintrob

Moist Paula, so named for her legendary turn of the century instrumental rock trio Moisturizer, is an Australian saxophonist and composer who has been based in NYC since the mid 90s. Known mostly for her work on bari sax, she has toured internationally with Melvin Van Peebles, Nick Waterhouse, Burnt Sugar Arkestra and C.W. Stoneking. At home in NYC she has maintained a weekly gig since 1997 with Reverend Vince Anderson and his Love Choir, plays regularly with Binky Griptite if The DapKings, has fronted her own projects Moisturizer and Secretary and recorded and performed live and on TV with dozens of artists in many styles, including The Roots, Irma Thomas, HAIM, TV on the Radio, Gogol Bordello, Smokey Robinson and Shamir, all the while composing and recording original ambient electronica on EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument). She also leads an elegant, jazzy baritone sax combo comprising long time members of her extended musical family, which performs standards from the American Songbook, instrumental covers of contemporary popular music and Moist Paula’s own original compositions.