Paul Combs – Saxophonist, Flutist, Composer, and Author
“Paul plays heavenly alto.” Valerie Ridenour – Key West, The Newspaper
“You were wonderful at the Lowell concert” – David Amram
“…if you dig soprano saxophnone, you really should hear this guy. He’s playing some of the most interesting straight horn around.” – Larry Nai – Cadence Magazine
“It was fun playing with you . . .very nice “playing with a singer” chops, besides your sax virtuosity.” – Blaise Lantana, vocalist/radio producer, KJZZ Phoenix
“Just thinking back to your great performance at JazzWeek…loved hearing those Tadd Dameron tunes! Thanks for sharing your joy of music with us.” – Claudia Russell, KSDS, San Diego
“…one of the region’s premier Jazz sax players.” Martha Ouellette – Stroudwater Live Music Series, Portsmouth, NH
Having relocated to San Diego, CA, Paul Combs now presents two different ensembles:
This just in (10/21/19)
PAUL COMBS: UNKNOWN DAMERON, from SUMMIT was selected in the top ten CDs of 2019 critic’s poll in Cadence Magazine. Top Ten Honors are published in the annual print edition and again in the January 2019 quarterly online edition.
10/7/19 – 8 weeks total on the Jazz Week top 50!
Paul Combs Quintet Plays Tadd Dameron.
As Dameron’s biographer, Combs is uniquely qualified to present the music of this major figure in the development of modern jazz, much of it not generally known, all of it most worthy of any jazz lovers attention. Recent performances include those at the Chelmsford, MA Center for the Arts, KSDS Jazz Live (San Diego), Smithsonian Institution Art Museum, and Dizzy’s (San Diego).
Tracks from KSDS Jazz Live Concert, February 21, 2017 – P.C., Sax; Derek Cannon, Trumpet; Bill Cunliffe, Piano; Alexander Frank, Bass; Charles Ruggiero, Drums:
Paul Combs Quartet (Trio, Duo)
Over a fifty-plus year career as a performer, Paul Combs has collected a number of little-known tunes, “standards” and “jazz originals” that deserve more attention. Along with his own compositions, and those collected from friends along the way, he has assembled a unique repertoire. Typically working with a rhythm section of piano or guitar, bass and drums, he also plays without drums or just chord accompaniment when necessary.