PAUL WAINWRIGHT BIO
Smooth jazz and pop favourites never sounded so good.
This funky, sax-driven groove music has the whole scene buzzing. Wainwright's choice of material is always fresh, his horn always hot and great vocals complement his humorous, laid back rapport with the crowd.
Praise for Plank Spankin': Saxophonist Paul Wainwright's new CD, Plank Spankin' features the veteran musician's juicy soprano and tenor sax stylings backed by his elegantly funky quartet SaxSafari and studio stars John Ferraro and Gabriel Mark Hasselbach. Wainwright and company's bluesy jazz fusion is a silky, eclectic collection of clever originals and a smart, seductive remake of War's Low Rider. A triumph! Joseph Blake, Victoria Times Colonist
Wainwright, born and raised in Victoria BC joined “Brass Tower”, his first professional band, at age 19 and toured fifty weeks a year for five years.
A great deal of his career was as bandleader of The Big Band Trio. Formed in 1981, the group developed a truly unique sound with upright bass, guitar and sax and boasted the smoothest three part harmonies anywhere. They recorded and produced four cds that received critical acclaim and worldwide airplay. In addition to a steady house gig at Pagliacci’s in Victoria (where a drink was named in their honour), the Big Band Trio played for Prince Charles and Princess Diana and with the Victoria Symphony. They landed a role as part of the original cast of the Spectacular Days of Radio, a Radio City Music Hall production, which played to capacity crowds at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, NJ for five months.