All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Paul Ahlstrand

Paul Ahlstrand Paul Ahlstrand

When the hectic summer touring season cools down, things begin to heat up in a cozy Cambridge, MA music venue. On Sunday nights you may find saxophonist Paul Ahlstrand at Toad in Porter Square, leading his stellar quartet through jazz as rich and satisfying as the dark brews on tap at this favorite neighborhood pub. The Sunday night shows have been a welcome wintertime hang for the past few seasons, and now Paul Ahlstrand and quartet have recorded a brilliant new CD titled, appropriately enough, “The Sunday Hang” (Gibraltar Records).

“The Sunday Hang” exhibits a sweet, soulful elegance that evokes at once serious jazz talent and also a casual cool of a very seasoned all-star band. Aside from Ahlstrand on tenor, the band features drummer Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention, Paul McCartney, Elton John), bassist Jesse Williams (Duke Robillard) and pianist Ryan Claunch (Hal Sherfey Band, ex-Groovasaurus). Six of the eight tracks recorded by Nate Dube at Rear Window Studios are Ahlstrand originals and indeed “The Sunday Hang” makes clear that Paul Ahlstrand is a major force as composer, arranger, band leader, and producer.

When Toad was seeking the perfect fit to fill wintry Sunday nights, approaching the ubiquitous Paul Ahlstrand seemed ideal. His long and diverse career had well established Ahlstrand as one of the Boston area’s best session players and sidemen. His distinctive tenor melodies, from rollicking to subdued, from traditional to original, have graced the recordings of amazing artists too numerous to count.

Read more

Tags

Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Currently teaching jazz improvisation at Tufts University. Also taking private students os all levels and in all styles.

Albums

Similar

Kayle Brecher Kayle Brecher
voice / vocals
Joe Diorio Joe Diorio
guitar
Diane Hubka Diane Hubka
voice / vocals
Loren Stillman Loren Stillman
saxophone, alto
Eric Bolvin Eric Bolvin
trumpet
Rob Reddy Rob Reddy
saxophone
Ben Adams Ben Adams
vibraphone
Nate Birkey Nate Birkey
trumpet

Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.