Paul Monat

Started on tuba and string bass (still playing tuba)in 1963 Played with Italian bands and “Up with People” in Springfield MA during the late 60's. Played in the '70s with Art Hodes, Teddy Wilson and other members of the Coon Saunders Nighthawks Club in Wethersfield CT hosted by a friend to Eddie Condon, Bob Harrington. Was introduced to Gene krupa and Wild Bill Davison and others from the original Condon Mob in the mid 70's at the Stockbridge Inn in Stockbridge MA by a dear friend Frank Laidlaw who was the original cornet player with the NY Red Onions Jazz Band and who now plays marvelous clarinet/sax and was, for years) a dear friend of Wilbur, Davern, and Evan Christopher. Met Bob Connors there and was indoctrinated into the west coast style playing as harmony cornet/trumpet with the “Yankee Rythym Kings” from 1974 to 1981. Started the “Blue Horizon Jazz Band” in 1981. Went to Japan Kobe festival in 1982 with the Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band second cornet to Bert Barr. Recorded LP there and then became the cornet sub for Tony Pringle in the New Black Eagle Jazz Band as he was going thru a medical issue at that time. Subed for Tony periodially thru 2005. Played the Sacramento Jazz festival in 1977-8-9, 1980, 1982. Found a great friend in Tom Saunders and Wild Bill Davison and deliberated the Davison sound to this day in my playing. All this and helping bringing up four children who have four grandchildren, all of whom I am exceeding proud

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