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Paul Combs

Paul Combs is an American jazz musician, composer, arranger, author, and educator.

My Jazz Story

Jazz has been apart of my life from infancy. My earliest jazz memories are listening to musicians like Nat Cole and Ella Fitzgerald coming over the radio while still in the crib. My mother would sing along, which helped to get this music in my ears. I remember the newspaper headlines when Bird died - I was in third grade. At 13 I switched from trombone to saxophone after hearing James Moody on the radio. I started playing professionally at 16, and although it has often been hard to keep going I am still here all these many years later. In my darkest days jazz saved my life, and it continues to inspire me to reach ever higher.

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