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Paul Kendall

Mainstream Saxophonist with four CDs on the Cats Paw, Brownstone, and Sea Breeze Jazz labels.

About Me

Growing up in Long Island, New York, I am the original baritone saxophone player for the long standing group Funk Filharmonic, staying with them from 1985 through 1988. I was a member of The Charli Persip Superband, also on baritone sax, for almost a year, whose name changed to Supersound during my tenure from 1989-1990. I put out 4 jazz CDs as leader starting in 1998, featuring my tenor sax, with Unspoken Words on Cats Paw Label. In 1999, I had a CD Rhapsody on the Sea Breeze Jazz Label. In 2000 and 2001, I co-led CDs with drummer Bob Leto on the Brownstone Label. These CDs have been reviewed by well known jazz critics, appearing in nationally known jazz periodicals. I have appeared as a sideman on a Latin Jazz CD, A Mi Tierra with the group Afro-Dysia. I am on 3 CDs as a member of the Skip Wilkins Quintet. I am also on the Tony Gairo/Gary Rissmiller Big Band CD, Treacherous, also on Sea Breeze Jazz. The two releases on Brownstone feature Kenny Drew Jr. on piano. The CDs Unspoken Words and Red Top feature organist Bobby Forrester, with Red Top featuring my baritone sax again. On my CDs as a leader and sideman, I appear on tenor, baritone, alto, soprano saxes, clarinet, bass clarinet, and flute. Finally getting internet service after all these years, I have compiled all of the videos that were posted of me playing on YouTube by other people, which was in excess of 50. I created a channel. Search my name and saxophonist there. I have also been uploading short solo videos of myself playing jazz and classical on my 10 woodwind instruments, which is another 50 plus videos.

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because it allows me to express myself as a unique individual. I was first exposed to jazz in High School Jazz Big Band. I met Charli Persip as a member of his Superband 1989-1990 The best show I ever attended was JJ Johnson at the Village Vanguard. With Cedar Walton, Victor Lewis. The first jazz record I bought was Gerry Mulligan Idol Gossip.

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