Paul Kendall

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Born: February 3, 1961    Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Paul Kendall started on clarinet in the 4th grade in New York public school. When the 9th grade band director asked who would play baritone sax, he volunteered. Paul entered college as a baritone saxophonist, but added flute, tenor, and alto sax there. Shortly after college, he was a member of the big bands of Ken McIntyre and Charli Persip on baritone. He began leading jazz groups in venues including Birdland, The Angry Squire, and Cleopatra's Needle in Manhattan, on tenor saxophone. In 2004, Paul relocated to Eastern PA, where he is a member of The Skip Wilkins Quintet, The Tony Gairo/Gary Rissmiller Big Band, and Mark Hamza's Great Swamp Blues Band...
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”Tenor saxophonist Kendall has a patient way of improvising, never rushing his thoughts or pushing the envelope. He displays a little of the cool of Stan Getz, the bravado of Joe Lavano, and the bluesiness of an early period Sonny Rollins.” By Michael G. Nastos - All Music Guide

“It's been a very long time since I've been so impressed by a musician I hadn't previously heard.” By Graham Colombe - Jazz Journal International

“Paul Kendall, about whom we know and are told nothing, is an outstanding tenor player from the Stanley Turrentine/Houston Person academy of unvarnished swing,” By Jack Bowers - All About Jazz

“He plays every bit as well as many contemporary tenorists who receive much more notice,” By David Franklin - Jazz Times

“Cedar Walton's up tempo “Firm Roots” creates a place for Kendall to demonstrate his fluid articulation and confident phrasing.” By Jim Santella - All About Jazz

“An excellent bop-based tenor saxophonist based in New York, Paul Kendall has recorded several worthy CDs for small labels, starting in the late 90's. By Scott Yanow - All Music Guide

“Kendall is an exciting and versatile saxophonist on all reeds.” By Ken Franckling

“his playing is hearty and wholesome, and the band is always vibrant. They communicate exceedingly well.” By Frank Rubolino - Cadence

“ A thoughtful, deliberate player with bebop roots and hints of Shorter and Coltrane in his approach, Kendall makes a visceral impact without getting showy.” By David Orthmann - All About Jazz
1998 Unspoken Words (leader) Cats Paw

1999 Rhapsody (leader) Sea Breeze Jazz

2000 Excursions (leader) Brownstone

2001 Red Top (leader) Brownstone

2003 Afro-Dysia. A Mi Tierra (sideman)Random Chance

2005 Tony Gairo/Gary Rissmiller Big Band. Treacherous (sideman) Sea Breeze Jazz.

2006 Skip Wilkins Quintet Volume 1 (sideman)Dreambox Media

2007 Skip Wilkins Quintet Volume 2 (sideman)Dreambox Media.

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Primary Instrument:
Sax, tenor

Lehighton, PA

Willing to teach:

I have taught on every level from Elemntary School through College. This includes almost 7 years service credit with New York State Public Schools. I have taught woodwinds at the college level; sax, flute, and clarinet.

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