"Everyone is influenced by everybody but you bring it down home the way you feel it." --Thelonious Monk
Paul Naser is a musician and educator based in Los Angeles. A recent
graduate from CSUN's jazz studies program, Paul is ready to explore
LA's exciting and diverse music scene while exploring other avenues for
creative expression, such as teaching and writing.
When not playing, writing or listening to music, Paul enjoys reading
anything, particularly non-fiction, and learning in general.
My Jazz Story
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have
given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging
listeners of all different ages and backgrounds. I love how jazz can involve musicians who may have never met each other can
coming together and making incredible music by referring to the Great American Songbook and musicians who have been playing
together for years, who have a deep connection and who explore and create original music that is at the cutting edge of musical
innovation in every sense. Performing jazz music requires a virtuosity and technique that only strict discipline can teach as well
as a spontaneity and playfulness that reflects the simple folk roots of the music.
I was first exposed to jazz as a student in college. Only knowing I wanted to play guitar, I enrolled in an applied music program
that focused on Jazz rhythm section playing. The subsequent journey that I have been on since the time that I enrolled in that
class has helped me grow not only as a musician but more so as a person.
- Miles Davis Quintet - Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
- John Coltrane - Giant Steps
- Krystian Zimerman - Debussy Preludes
- Sonny Rollins - Way out West
- Kurt Rosenwinkel - Reflections
- Thelonious Monk Quartet - At Carnegie Hall