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Paul Hanson (2013)

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Saxophonist/bassoonist Paul Hanson has been rewriting the template of possibilities in jazz, both right here in the Bay Area and around the world.

From his roots as an award-winning bassoonist and jazz saxophonist to his NEA jazz fellowship in 1995, to his appearance on Béla Fleck's Grammy-winning album "Outbound" in 2000 and on countless other recordings, Paul has maintained a singular voice on a drastically difficult double-reed instrument—and he makes it swing.

Paul has recorded or performed or both with a huge diversity of players, including Medeski, Martin & Wood, Wayne Shorter, Bob Weir's Ratdog, Charlie Hunter, Omar Sosa, The Paul Dresher Ensemble, Cirque du Soleil, The Klezmorim, The Oakland East Bay Symphony, Boz Scaggs, The Temptations, Tower of Power—you name it.

As the old saw has it, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" "Practice, practice, practice." Paul has made it to Carnegie Hall, and to just about every festival on Earth. And just to keep things in perspective, his biggest influence on bassoon is Jimi Hendrix.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Jimi Hendrix South Saturn Delta Look Over Yonder MCA
# 2 Herbie Hancock Speak Like a Child Speak Like a Child Blue Note
# 3 J.S. Bach Sylvia Marlowe Plays Bach Harpsichord Concertos Concerto No. 1 in D Minor for Harpsichord and Strings, BWV 1052 Decca
# 4 Earth, Wind and Fire I Am In the Stone CBS
# 5 Oregon Zephyr Oregon in Moscow Intuition Music
# 6 Herbie Hancock Thrust Actual Proof Columbia
# 7 Igor Stravinsky Petrushka The Rite of Spring Decca
# 8 OoN Not commercially available Emerald Mile Not commercially available
         
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