Born: December 13, 1978 Primary Instrument: Sax, alto
Paul Towndrow Alto and Soprano Saxophonist, Composer / Arranger, Educator
A turbo-charged amalgam of all your saxophone heroes The Guardian
Having won an international scholarship in 1999, Paul went on to study at the world famous Berklee College of Music in Boston; USA where he studied with saxophone icons, George Garzone and Joe Lovano. He currently leads his own groups, The Paul Towndrow Quartet and Paul Towndrow Sextet. He is a member of The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and has also performed with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
In 2002 he won The Peter Whittingham Jazz Award and has secured Jazz Services touring grants for UK tours with The Paul Towndrow Quartet in 2003,2004 and 2006. In July 2003 he reached the last four at The World Saxophone Competition at Montreux Jazz Festival and won the Public Prize (most audience votes) following his performance with the Geri Allen Trio. He reached the final stages again in 2004 at the London Jazz Festival. On both occasions he was the only representative of the UK to reach the finals. Paul was also selected to perform at The Cheltenham International Jazz Festival in 2006 as part of the Jerwood Rising Stars programme and at London Jazz Festival in 2007....
Awards:World Saxophone Competition - Audience Poll Winner 2003
Paul Towndrow- write that name down because it's going to be a big one! Humphrey Lyttleton, BBC Radio 2
Towndrow broods on ballads with a smoky elegance and his precocious assurance suggests a 21st century Tommy Smith. John Fordham, The Guardian
Listening to Towndrow is an invigorating experience and he possesses a phenomenal technique....Towndrow's band follow his every move with intelligence and grace. Dave Gelly, The Observer