The child of two well-known and influential Boston-area classical musicians, Mr. Broadnax was appreciating and performing music at an early age. His mother, Ellastine Lee Broadnax, was a legendary vocal and piano teacher. His school chums included Roy Haynes, Ray Perry, Alan Dawson, and other notables. Boston, at that time, resonated with the sound of jazz.
After high school Paul served in the Air Force. While stationed at Shephard Field, Texas, he met his lifelong friend and musical director for the CD Here's To Joe, Donn Trenner.
After the Service, while earning an engineering degree, Paul did arranging for the Sabby Lewis Band, freelanced during the 50's, and performed with the Tom Kennedy and Buster Daniels bands. At that time he played tenor sax, piano and sang. In the 1950's and 1960's he began a musical association with longtime friend and bassist Champ Jones and drummer Tony Sarni that flourished throughout the mid seventies: The Paul Champ Three.
In 1981 Paul formed a trio with bassist Dave Trefethen and drummer Les Harris, Jr. They performed throughout New England in concerts, clubs, schools, special occasions, and on radio and television. His present trio consists of Peter Kontrimas on bass and Dave Trefethen on guitar.
Paul has appeared with many nationally recognized jazz artists including such notables as Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Milt Hinton and Dorothy Donegan, Alan Dawson, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Jimmy Witherspoon, Diane Carrol, Donna Byrne and Rebecca Parris.