Saxophonist Paul Hartsaw (1973) received his formal studies in music and critical theory at Central Michigan University and Western Michigan University studying saxophone with John Nichol and Trent Kynaston. While in college, Paul was the recipient of numerous solo, sectional and ensemble awards from jazz festivals at Notre Dame, Aquinas College, Detroit Montreux, the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) Conference, and Down Beat Magazine's Annual Student Music Awards as well as having the opportunity to perform with such notable musicians as Billy Hart, Mel Torme, Jon Faddis, John Pattitucci, Louis Bellson, Marvin Stamm, and John Fedchock. Paul also performed on the album Disposable Income with the Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra which received a Grammy nomination.
Since moving to Chicago in 2000, Paul has performed both in the U.S. and internationally collaborating with a who's who of the Chicago improvised music scene both as a sideman and leader. Over the last several years Paul has performed with Kristian Aspelin, Jim Baker, Josh Berman, Jeb Bishop, David Boykin, Nathaniel Braddock, Bill Brimfield, Kyle Bruckmann, Jerome Bryerton, Tim Daisy, Kevin Davis, Brahm Fetterman, Carol Genetti, Frank Gratkowski, Anton Hatwich, Keefe Jackson, Wibert De Joode, Tobias Kaemmerer, Scott Looney, Mike Reed, Dave Rempis, Frank Rosaly, Scott Rosenberg, Karl E.H. Siegfried, Damon Smith, Matt Ulery, Weasel Walter and William Winant among others.