Paul is presently a Full Professor of Music at St. Francis Xavier University where he teaches jazz trumpet, jazz history, and arranging. He also co-leads the “Bicoastal Collective”, with Grammy-winning saxophonist Aaron Lington. The ensemble is dedicated to performing new jazz composition across North America. Paul has released ten recordings as a leader/co-leader on the Origin/OA2, Armored, and NohJoh labels.
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 is a past co- director of the Acadia Summer Jazz Workshop. He has performed with numerous jazz artists such as The Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Chris Potter, 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 sixty recordings, as a trumpet player, composer, arranger, and/or producer alongside 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 Degree 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 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.
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