PAUL READ (pianist, saxophonist, composer, arranger).

Paul Read. is a musician/educator who lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Currently he curates a blog for the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers (ISJAC).

Paul was a member of the Humber College Music Faculty from 1979 to 1991, Program Coordinator there from 1982 to 1987, and Director of Music from 1987 to 1991. In 1991, he founded the degree programs in jazz studies at the University of Toronto (Mus. Bac., M. Mus. and DMA) where he was a long-time Professor of Music and Director of Graduate Jazz Studies, Toronto. He was Canada’s Representative on the Board of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) from 2002-2008, and was the founding Director of the National Music Camp (NMC) Jazz Camp (1987 to 2006). He has adjudicated at music festivals and presented workshops throughout Canada (and on occasion, the US), and taught in the summers at the Ken Kistner Jazz Camp (Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan) and the jazz faculty of the Prairielands Jazz Camp ( Regina, Saskatchewan).

Paul Read

Photo Credit: Don Vickery

Recordings include:

The Dance Never Ends  – with Trish Colter (1998),

At Long Last Love  – Trish Colter (2002),

Think Nice Thoughts (1999) – University of Toronto 10 O’clock Jazz Orchestra,

Off the Cuff (2001) – University of Toronto 10 O’clock Jazz Orchestra,

Rivers (2004) – University of Toronto 10 O’clock Jazz Orchestra,

Awakening (2006) – University of Toronto 10 O’clock Jazz Orchestra,

The Heart of Summer (2004) – Paul Read Quartet featuring Scott Robinson.

Arc-en-ciel (2013) This Addo Records release features his 18 piece jazz orchestra, PRO (Paul Read Orchestra).


  • 2015 Muriel Sherrin Award for International Achievement in Music (Toronto Arts Foundation)
  • 2008 Paul Read Orchestra (PRO) nominated for a National Jazz Award
  • 2007-2008 Awarded a Canada Council for the Arts Recording Grant
  • 1998 Winner of the Jazz Report Award for ‘Post-Secondary School Jazz Program of the Year’ (on behalf of the University of Toronto where Paul Read was responsible for developing the University’s Jazz Performance Degree Program)
  • 1993 Awarded the University of Toronto Senior Alumni Award for Innovation in Teaching
  • 1972 Winner of the Rob McConnell/Gordon Delamont Arranging & Composition Award


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