After working as a saxophonist and vocalist with many bands and local performers and recording artists, Paul has focused his energies to create this new exciting project.
Combining influences from vocal greats such as Kurt Elling, Bobby McFerrin, Tony Bennet and D'angelo, saxophonists Kenny Garrett, Cannonball Adderly, Bob Berg and Coltrane, and composers/arrangers such as Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans and Laurence Hobgood.
Expect to hear standards and popular songs given a surprising and refreshing contemporary Jazz treatment as well as choice modern jazz covers and entirely original material. The music has been created to honor the mood and meaning of the songs themselves, at times deeply arranged and always intended as a vehicle for expression and creativity.
Comprising of Damian Rodd (Drums), Matt Tradget Johns (Piano) and Tim Greenhalgh (Double Bass), Paul Haywood leads the group on both Vocals and Saxophone.
It is easy to hear how each ‘instrument’ has influenced the other, with Haywood’s lyrical saxophone lines, and his singing and vocal soloing being steeped in well engrained jazz language and instrumental style explorations. This dynamic band exudes energy, emotion and spontaneous creativity throughout the set.