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Paul Carlon

Born: October 18, 1968    Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Paul Carlon

The Paul Carlon Octet brings together musicians of various backgrounds and music of various origins in a combination that is both blisteringly Afro-Cuban and elegantly Jazz- inflected, both searchingly innovative and nostalgically evocative of the American experience. Featuring African mbira (also known as the kalimba), a collection of brass and woodwinds, and a traditional jazz rhythm section that speaks of New York City Jazz, Cuban, Brazilian and Columbian influences, this ensemble brings Paul’s unique compositional voice to life.

The group was formed in the spring of 2002 as part of a multimedia performance project with visual artist Joan Carlon (Paul’s mother) called Where is Home? Paul’s octet recorded the Where is Home? suite in May of that year. The theme of this project is the way immigration disrupts, reshapes and redirects the lives of people who come to the United States from all over the world. The Octet, with the addition of Afro-Cuban/tap dance pioneer Max Pollak, has performed an extended version of the Where Is Home? suite at the jazz club Small’s in the West Village, NYC, at El Taller Latinoamericano on New York’s upper West Side, and at the Delavan Center in Syracuse, NY. The group has also performed on its own in NYC concert and club settings, such as at the Soul Café, El Taller Latinoamericano, Fat Cat, Satalla, Makor Cafe, Hunter College, and at 24 Fifth Avenue, a historic ballroom in the heart of Greenwich Village. In 2005 the group performed several shows at the world music club Satalla, with the addition of vocalist Ileana Santamar�ia. Daughter of the legendary Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamar�ia, Ileana brings a fiery and dynamic stage presence and folkloric slant to the group’s performances. The Octet released its debut CD, Other Tongues, in November 2006....
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As a Leader

The Paul Carlon Octet: Other Tongues
Deep Tone
2006
Tracks:
1 Lucid Dreaming
2 Rumbatapestry
3 Smada
4 Street Beat
5 A Certain Slant of Light
6 Boogie Down Broder
7 Extraordinary Rendition
8 The Spirit Calls
9 Portals
10 Clave 66
Personnel:
Paul Carlon: Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Mbira, Composition & Arranging
Anton Denner: Alto Saxophone, Flute
Dave Smith: Trumpet
Ryan Keberle: Trombone
Mike Fahie: Trombone
John Stenger: Piano
Dave Ambrosio: Bass
William "Beaver" Bausch: Drumset
Ileana Santamaria: Vocals
Max Pollak: Rumbatap
Buddy Terry: Tenor Saxophone

Paul Carlon: Looking Up
MR PC MUSIC
1999
Tracks
1 Frank's Fate
2 Nature or Nurture
3 Soul Soliloquy
4 Philly in the House
5 Weird Latin
6 The In-Betweens
7 Ultraviolet in Db
8 Twenty-Eights
9 Vertical Drop
Personnel:
Paul Carlon: Tenor Saxophone, Composition
Pete Smith: Guitar
Phil Bowler: Bass
William "Beaver" Bausch: Drumset

As A Side Musician

Diana
Diana McCorry
Independent
2008

Lo Que Somos Lo Que Sea
Grupo los Santos
Deep Tone Records
2008

Another Monday Night
Swingadelic
Media Mix Entertainment
2007

What I Want
The Ileana Santamaria Orchestra
Independent
2006

Vive Jazz!
Sonido Isleño
Tresero Productions
2005

Blue Tres
Sonido Isleno
Tresero Productions
2004

Beware of Doug
The Doug Clarke Quartet
Ratamacue Records
2002

El Tululu
Maxo Severin and Juan Pablo Torres
Tululu Records
2001

Together Again
Juan Pablo Torres
Connector
2000

Noches en el Taller
Grupo los Santos
Santo Music
2000

A Close Call With Love
Hollie Baines
Independent
1999

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