PAUL READ (pianist, saxophonist, bandleader, composer, arranger, educator) was born on February 11, 1948 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In addition to earning graduate and undergraduate degrees in music and education at the University of Toronto, he also studied arranging and composition with Gordon Delamont and composition with John Beckwith. He also attended Berklee College of Music in Boston studying saxophone with Joe Viola and arranging with Ted Pease.
Read leads the 18-piece big band PRO (Paul Read Orchestra) composing and arranging as well as playing saxophone for the band. He also leads the Paul Read Quartet (with Barry Elmes, Kieran Overs, and Scott Robinson) playing piano and composing with that ensemble, and is also pianist and arranger for the (vocalist) Trish Colter Sextet. He is the long-time leader of the University of Toronto’s 10 O’Clock Jazz Orchestra.
His compositions and arrangements are published with Boosey & Hawkes, Belwin, UNC Jazz Press, Beldriana, and Warner Brothers, and several of his compositions appear in the Canadian Jazz Fakebook. Reid was pianist/arranger for the Manhattan (NYC) Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance at Carnegie Hall in 1989, and worked as a transcriber with Oscar Peterson in the production of three volumes of transcriptions of Peterson's compositions and improvisations from 1989 to 1991.
Read has been awarded commissions in many genres from a varied list that includes the Colborne Street United Church in London, Ontario; Jazz Mechanics in Brampton, Ontario; Campbell Collegiate in Regina, Saskatchewan; Lumsden Secondary School in Lumsden, Saskatchewan; the (2007) Music Coalition of Canada, the Humber College Eddie Sossin Memorial Concert, and Humber College Community Music School.