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Paul Carlon
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A native of rural Central New York, Saxophonist and composer
Paul Carlon has been active on the New York City jazz and latin jazz
scenes since 1991, having performed with and/or composed for
Harvie S, Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle, the Jason Lindner Big Band,
the late Afro-Cuban star Juan Pablo Torres, Grupo los Santos, James
Hurt, Rumbatap, Sonido Isleño, Swingadelic, Gary Morgan’s
Panamericana, Clave y Guaguancó, and Phil Woods, as well as
leading his own groups. Paul recorded with JP Torres on his all-star
CD Together Again in 2000, alongside such stars of Latin jazz as
Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Brian Lynch, and
Steve Turre.
Paul has performed at regional, national and international
music festivals. He has toured, recorded, and performed all over the
U.S., the Caribbean (including Cuba), and South America, and has
appeared in film, radio and on TV. Paul’s appearances on film
include the documentaries Latido Latino, made for Spanish public
television, and Cómo se forma una rumba/How to Create a Rumba,
by Iván Acosta (shown at Lincoln Center as part of Latin Beat 2001!).
One of Paul’s original songs, ‘Soul Soliloquy’, found a home in
filmmaker Kern Konwiser’s street basketball documentary On
Hallowed Ground, originally aired on the TNT Television Network in
May of 2000. Paul also recently completed a Master’s Degree in
Music Composition at The City College of New York, where he
studied with Mike Holober, John Patitucci and American master
David Del Tredici.
Paul’s main passions are the history and tradition of
innovation and of swing in jazz, and the music of the Afro-Latin
diaspora. Navigating where these diverse styles intersect, where the
rhythms cross over and begin to speak to each other, has been
Paul’s fascination for the last ten years, both improvisationally and
compositionally. An avowed Ellington/Strayhorn fanatic, Paul is
equally captivated by Los Van Van, Pixinguinha, Charles Mingus,
Stravinsky, Gene Ammons, Lenine, Eva Ayllón, Muddy Waters, and
Gil Evans, among many others. A fluent speaker of Portuguese and
conversational in Spanish, Paul has spent time in Brazil and also in
Cuba and Colombia, immersing himself culturally and artistically in
the search for understanding. His compositions express this wide
range of interests, diffracted through the lens of the jazz stylists
and composers that have been an obsession from an early age.

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