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. Paul also performs with Dave Leonhardt.
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
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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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.