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Paul Tynan

The International Trumpet Guild has stated that Downbeat award winning trumpet player and composer, Paul Tynan’s “Creative Genius Shines”.

Paul 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”, 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 Poter, 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 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 Masters 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.

Paul is an Edwards Trumpet and Flugel Horn Artist.


2014 - ECMA Jazz Recording of the Year, Bicoastal Collective: Chapter 3


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Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington: Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Six

Read "Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Six" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In jazz terms, trumpeter Paul Tynan and baritone saxophonist Aaron Lington's Bicoastal Collective is a long-running series, as this marks the sixth recording produced during their sixteen-year partnership. As Chapters One to Five were splendid, it might have been advisable to close the book there. However, Tynan and Lington have chosen to forge ahead, and so Chapter Six must be appraised on its own merits. Before weighing the music, it should be noted that Tynan and Lington ...

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Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington: Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Six

Read "Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington: Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Six" reviewed by Gary Carner

If you ask yourself: What is the definition of meaningtul contemporary jazz? What do well-crafted jazz tunes played by stellar musicians sound like? How do you combine fresh music ideas with the heritage of jazz as we know it? How do you inject various harmonic layers into jazz compositions and still make it sound accessible? What's the definition of serious jazz with a playful attitude? The answer is: Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington's Bicoastal Collective. From the first ...

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Paul Tynan: quARTet

Read "quARTet" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Paul Tynan's offering for 2019 is entitled quARTtet, emphasis on the capitalization of the embedded word “art." Jazz recordings have a long history of pairing up with the visual arts, especially in the realm of album and CD cover images: The paintings on Charles Mingus' Mingus Ah Um (Columbia, 1959); all of pianist Dave Brubeck's “Time" recordings of the late 1950/early 1960s; and drummer Chico Hamilton's Ellington Suite (Pacific Jazz, 1958) are just smattering of early examples. ...

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Paul Tynan: Radio Infrequency

Read "Radio Infrequency" reviewed by Martin Gladu

Throughout its successive waves of colonization, the foggy, Gulf-streamed shores of Nova Scotia, Canada have welcomed and fostered diverse musical cultures. Indeed, its French, Celtic and British musicological melting pot coalesced into a unique microcosm sometime during the 19th century. Yet, unlike their Scandinavian counterparts, local jazz musicians diverged en masse from this fertile heritage, opting instead for the lyrical melodies and lush, modal chords of Wayne Shorter, Tom Harrell and, especially, Kenny Wheeler. Unsurprisingly, (and for our great enjoyment) ...

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Paul Tynan: Radio Infrequency

Read "Radio Infrequency" reviewed by Jake Hanlon

One stereotypical visualization of a jazz group onstage sparks up the image of a smoke filled bar, the gentle tapping of glasses, a conversation in the corner between two friends. However, in the modern jazz world chamber jazz often reaches to eliminate stereotypes about conventional ensemble make-ups. While there certainly hasn't been a written-in-stone lineup for the jazz trio in the past, as we venture further into the 21st century more and more writers and performers want to see what ...

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Paul Tynan Quartet: Freedom And Jealousy

Read "Freedom And Jealousy" reviewed by Stephen Richardson

Opening with gentle horn colors supported by a dark yet buoyant bass line, the Paul Tynan Quartet confidently sets out to build a soundscape that will prove to be both original and fresh. The music has an atmospheric sense that slowly extends its musical tendrils like an untended grass fire. From the deliciously abrasive two horn arrangements of “Hidden Reality" leading seamlessly to the bitterly bright “Plastic People" to the leader's own trumpet frenzies in the “Change of Directions Suite," ...

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"Chapter Five," Fifth Album By The Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington Bicoastal Collective, Due May 19 From Oa2 Records

"Chapter Five," Fifth Album By The Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington Bicoastal Collective, Due May 19 From Oa2 Records

Source: Terri Hinte Publicity

Since joining forces in 2008 as the Bicoastal Collective, trumpeter Paul Tynan and baritone saxophonist Aaron Lington have recorded a series of outstanding albums ranging in instrumentation from tentet to quintet to sextet to a quintet featuring a Hammond B-3 organist. Chapter Five, their fifth album and the first with a full 18-piece big band, adds a sumptuous new volume to the duo’s already impressive discography. The new CD will be released May 19 by OA2 Records. As on its ...

“creative genius” - International Trumpet Guild

'interesting and daring” - All About Jazz,

“warm, full-toned trumpet playing” - Cadence 

“impressive solos, bursting with ideas” - Jazz Views

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St. Francis Xavier University - Jazz Trumpet Professor

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Armored Records



Origin Records


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Self Produced


Arbitrary Rules

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By Paul Tynan

I Remember Every Day

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By Paul Tynan


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By Paul Tynan

Won Summer

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By Paul Tynan



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