From sight-singing Latin and playing classical piano, to composition, arranging and music production, Paul's skills have served him throughout his career and beyond the present. It is through his saxophone playing however that most people know of him, his versatility and passion for the instrument, from early Jazz genres to modernity in music.
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Paul's music career started with piano Grade 3 and cathedral choir at aged seven, Head of Decani by 14 and years later with an Oxford 'A' Level Piano recital of pieces by Chopin, Debussy and Mozart from memory. En-route to this at sixteen, he joined his first rock band in 1986 playing keyboards and singing backing vocals featuring music by Dire Straits, Marillion, It Bites, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and others. Equipment used at that time - Roland D20/SH1000, Yamaha DX7 & KORG Poly 800.
He studied saxophone from 1992 which resulted in several opportunities to appear as a guest at 'Blaydon Jazz Club' at the Black Bull in Blaydon on Tyne, on Thursdays. This venue was and still is run by guitarist Roly Veitch and continues to this day, albeit monthly. In 1996 Paul moved to Scotland to study Biomedical Science at Napier University.
While studying, Paul established himself as a session/function saxophonist and teacher in Edinburgh playing with jazz combos, world and Celtic music ensembles, folk musicians and was integral to several Musicians' albums such as Kenny Miller's 'Millernium' and Guy Heath's album 'September'. He formed a jazz duo with pianist Mark Goundry playing twice a week at The Sheraton Hotel and also in restaurants around the city. 'Henry's Cellar Bar' and 'The Jazz Bar' on Chambers Street were regularly played by Paul and Mark's band 'The Jazz Incident', a jazz/funk fusion outfit that had performances at the Leith Jazz Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
On his return to Tyneside in 2003, Paul commenced playing at 'The Jazz Cafe' in Pink Lane, Newcastle. Invitations from local jazz musicians were taken up and the music developed into running the Friday music there with his band The Marco-Paolo Quartet and as the altoist with the Don Forbes' Safe Sextet. He has recorded on band Mamacoca's album 'Secrets', guitarist Andy Hardy's album 'Easy Tiger' and taught at the Sage Gateshead, Gateshead College and has appeared on many degree students' final performances.
Currently, Paul is established as one of the top saxophonists in the North East as well as being first tenor chair of The Strictly Smokin' Big Band and a member of Eddie Bellis' Lickety Split. He continues to work in a session/live environment and as deputy saxophonist to many function bands. Presently, Paul is writing for his original band 'A Priori Sid Scott', in memory of his colleague and bass player, the late Ray Truscott.
C.G. CONN 6M Underslung Alto (Circa 1935-6), Metal Link 7*, Rico Royal 3 reed.
Yamaha YTS 62 II (With pearls from a 1996 YTS 62), Yanagisawa bronze YNT92 crook, Ebonite Link 8*/ Jody Jazz DVNY 8*, Jazz select 3H reed.
Mauriat Custom class Soprano PMSS-64, Ebonite Link 7*, Vandoren Jazz 3 reed.
M-AUDIO Oxygen 61, Alesis V61 controllers & Propellerheads REASON Virtual Synths.
The sensual sound of the saxophone is perfect for the chilled, laid back sounds of a lazy summer afternoon or evening on the veranda, as well as for your wedding or any other event.
As a professional jazz, soul & groove saxophonist Paul can provide exquisite music for that most important wedding day or that very special occasion. From solo saxophone & backing tracks with your choice of music, to live entertainment throughout your day with various size bands available.
Weddings, parties, corporate, receptions at launches, charity, exhibition, family gatherings and even 'battery powered' and portable, for remote garden settings!
A vocalist can also be added in a band size to suit you.
Solo saxophone to serenade that special person in your life!
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and choosing the right music is essential to the planning process. The saxophone is the perfect instrument for creating that warm and relaxed atmosphere as your guests arrive, for the ceremony, the reception or for that special song through the wedding breakfast. Style and ambience for your day is guaranteed!
To add that special touch to your party, how about the refined sound of a saxophone playing a selection of smooth jazz, swing, blues, bossa novas or pop songs? (or all of the afore mentioned)
How about the soulful sound of a saxophone creating that atmosphere of relaxation as your guests arrive for events, helping them to feel welcomed before the main presentation?
One to one lessons are available, with a whole host of resources at hand.
Ray Truscott - 6 string Electric Bass
Paul Wight - Drums
Paul Gowland - Tenor Saxophone
Alan Law - Piano
Jazz blues, written by Ray Truscott.
26th Aug 2018 19:30
More Sunday big-band jazziness in one of the Northeasts more superb and ornate Gothic surroundings.
16th Sep 2018 16:00
Some more Autumn jazziness!
30th Sep 2018 13:00
More afternoon jazziness from the Strictly Smokin' outfit!
18th Oct 2018 19:00
Some local jazziness from our very own Strictly Smokin' ensemble!
16th Nov 2018 19:00
North-East style West coast Jazz. Slinky but, 'Up' the stairs!
14th Dec 2018 18:00
A Merry Gossy Christmas too!
15th Dec 2018 18:00
A Gossy Merry Christmas too!
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