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PAUL READ (musician) lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a composer and arranger, a pianist, and educator. His instruments: piano, saxophones, flute and clarinet.
Currently he curates a blog for the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers (ISJAC). He also continues his work as a freelance arranger and composer. He recently created multiple arrangements of Oscar Peterson’s iconic composition, “Hymn to Freedom” for The Coalition – The Voice of Music Education for Canada.
He was a member of the Humber College Music Faculty in Toronto from 1979 to 1991, where he taught and served as Program Coordinator (1982-1987), and Director of Music (1987 to 1991). In 1991, he founded degree programs in jazz studies at the University of Toronto (Mus. Bac., M. Mus. and DMA) where he was Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies and following that, Director of Graduate Jazz Studies. 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 Program (1987 to 2006). He has also taught at jazz camps such as the Ken Kistner Jazz Camp (Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan) and the Prairielands Jazz Camp (Regina, Saskatchewan).
ABOUT THIS WEBSITE
Though mostly retired, I continue to compose, arrange, orchestrate music and try to apply and learn new skills every day. This new iteration of my site was beautifully designed by Lucie Frigault and this time I’ve decided to take a kind of autobiographical approach and share past and current musical explorations, as well as some amateur endeavours (painting, drawing, etc.) as well. It feels a bit risky now that I have it up and running, and I’m hoping if you’ve found your way here, you might sample some completed work, revised work, and experiments past and present. A few of the recordings in the ‘archives’ were on reel-to-reel tapes and I hadn’t heard them in years. The site has turned out to be, I suppose, one big journal with a hint of memoir :). I hope you enjoy what is here.