Paul Read



Paul Read

Paul is a pianist, saxophonist, composer and arranger who has has performed at the Port Hope Jazz Festival, Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival, the Sounds of Toronto Jazz Series on CJRT.FM, several CBC Radio broadcasts as well as regularly in local Toronto jazz clubs. He has recorded two CDs as pianist / arranger with jazz singer, Trish Colter, The Dance Never Ends (1998) and At Long Last Love (2002) and 4 CDs as a conductor, with the University of Toronto 10 O’clock Jazz Orchestra, Think Nice Thoughts (1999), Off the Cuff (2001), Rivers (2004) and Awakening (2006). The Paul Read Quartet’s most recent CD, The Heart of Summer (REACO Recordings) features Paul’s compositions. The group is comprised of bassist and composer Kieran Overs, Barry Elmes on drums and the wonderful New York saxophonist, Scott Robinson.

His latest project, PRO (the Paul Read Orchestra) features elite members of the Toronto jazz community and has performed regularly at the Rex Jazz Club in Toronto. The band has been scheduled to play on the 2007 Downtown Jazz Festival program and has received an invitation to perform at the Wigan Jazz Festival in the United Kingdom in July of 2008. PRO was the final evening headliner on the 2006 Port Hope Jazz Festival. Quotes from those in attendance and from the Festival curator, John McGuirk: “The Best Band in the Land”. “Cheering hard-core jazz lovers whistling for more”. “A magical mix of the traditional and the unique”. “A band composed of the finest soloists in Canada playing arrangements written for the band by the band.”

Paul is Professor of Music and Director of Graduate Jazz Studies at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, CANADA. In addition to undergraduate and graduate jazz courses, Paul directs the award winning U of T 10 O’clock Jazz Orchestra. He has been responsible for developing the university’s Jazz Performance Degree program (1998 winner of the Jazz Report Award for Post-Secondary School Jazz Program of the Year) which employs many of Canada’s leading jazz artists including Terry Promane, Phil Nimmons, Dave Young, John MacLeod, David Braid, Terry Clarke, Terry Lukiwski, Alex Dean, William Carn, Heather Bambrick and others. In 1993, he received the University of Toronto Senior Alumni Award for Innovation in Teaching.

Besides earning graduate and undergraduate degrees in music and education at the University of Toronto, Paul studied arranging and composition with Gordon Delamont, composition with John Beckwith and piano with Clifford Poole. Paul also attended Berklee College in Boston where he studied saxophone with Joe Viola and arranging/composition with Ted Pease.

While established as a jazz artist and educator he composes choral, orchestral and chamber music and has published arrangements and compositions in a variety of musical genres with Boosey and Hawkes, Belwin, UNC Press, Beldriana Publishing and Warner/Chappell and BRS Music. Of particular note is his work with Oscar Peterson in the production of three volumes of transcriptions of Peterson’s compositions and improvisations. Several of Paul’s jazz compositions appear in the Canadian Jazz Fakebook (Beldriana). He has had orchestra arrangements played by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Manhattan Philharmonic Orchestra in New York.

He has adjudicated at festivals and presented workshops throughout Canada since 1975, occasionally venturing to the United States to do the same. Paul was on the summer jazz faculty of the Pairielands Jazz Camp (Saskatchewan) for many years and was founder and coordinator of the National Music Camp Jazz Program in Ontario from 1987-2001 where he is still a member of the saxophone and ensembles faculty.

Paul serves as Canada’s Representative on the Executive Board of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) and is a former editor of the Jazz Canada Bulletin, and Director of Communications and Webmaster for IAJE Canada.

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