Assistant Professor, St. Francis Xavier University
- Model: X-13
"This is the best horn I have ever played - period. Before I found my Gen X, I was looking for a free-blowing instrument that allowed me to readily achieve the sound I desired. My Gen X did exactly that. Thank you, Edwards, for taking the work out of trumpet playing."
He is presently an Associate Professor of music at St. Francis Xavier University where he teaches jazz trumpet, jazz history, and arranging. He also co-leads the "BiCoastal Collective", an ensemble dedicated to performing new jazz composition across North America. Paul's new CD: Bi-Coastal Collective: Chapter Three (OA2 Records) has received worldwide attention. He has released seven other albums as a leader: Ocean Sounds Quartet: Live a Ship's Company Theatre (Armored Records), Bi-Coastal Collective: Chapter Two (OA2 Records), Bi-Coastal Collective: Chapter One (OA2 Records), Radio Infrequency (Nohjoh Music), Digital/ Spiritual (Nohjoh Music), NJPT (Nohjoh Music), and Freedom and Jealousy (Nohjoh Music).
Paul has also served on the faculties of San Jose State University, Chabot College, Nova Scotia Honor Jazz Program, and University of North Texas Summer Trumpet Workshop and was co-director of the Acadia Summer Jazz Workshop. He has performed with numerous jazz artists such as Chris Potter, Jim Black, Django Bates, Terry Gibbs, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Jerry Bergonzi, Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely, Joel Frahm, and Matt Wilson.
As a jazz recording artist Paul has appeared on over fifty albums, as a trumpet player, composer and/or arranger, along side such musicians as Lynn Seaton, Marcus Wolfe, Stockton Helbing, David Braid, Aaron Lington, Joel Fountain, Bobby Selvaggio, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler, Dan Haerle, Ben Street, and Jamey Haddad.
Paul received his master's in jazz studies from University of North Texas where he was a teaching fellow in jazz improvisation, large jazz ensembles and a member of the internationally-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated One O'Clock Lab Band. Paul has recently received Canada Council for the Arts grants and a Nova Scotia Department of Culture Grants to compose new works for chamber jazz ensemble. He is listed in the "Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians" edited by Dr. Louis Porter.
Paul is an Edwards Trumpet and Flugelhorn Artist.
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"I have played many horns as a professional trumpet player - including horns of fellow players - and I feel that the Gen X is the best horn out there today. From the first 3 or 4 notes I played on it, I knew something was different about this horn. It was not only the ease of playing it but the sound is... just better. This horn makes it fun to play trumpet. I play a variety of styles, including lead trumpet, cornet solos, concertos, jazz, etc., and the Gen X allows me to do it all on one horn and have a great time doing it."
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