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Paul Naser

"Everyone is influenced by everybody but you bring it down home the way you feel it." --Thelonious Monk

About Me

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

Published on: 2016-05-06

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.

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