Paul Combs holds a B.Mus. in composition from the Philadelphia Musical Academy and a M.M. in performance at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His eclectic career has included performing, composing for theater, film radio and television, and producing and announcing at radio stations in Philadelphia and Boston. From 1986 to 1999 he worked full-time in music education. As a music education activist he was a founding member and two-term Chair of the Society for General Music in Massachusetts (SGMM), and later sat on the Board of the Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education (MAJE).
“Paul plays heavenly alto.” Valerie Ridenour – Key West, The Newspaper
Most recently Mr. Combs taught wind instruments privately and was on the faculty of the Lowell Jazz Day Camp. He also directed the Jazz Ensemble of the Chelmsford Community Band. While he has retired from teaching, he continues to support music education, and arts education in general, as Vice-President of the SoCal Jazz Society, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Arts Education Resource Organization (AERO).
“It was fun playing with you . . .very nice “playing with a singer” chops, besides your sax virtuosity.” – Blaise Lantana,
vocalist/radio producer, KJZZ Phoenix
A voting member of NARAS (the Grammies), his CDs are currently only available at performances, but will soon be offered at this site. A new CD of little-know and previously unrecorded music written by Tadd Dameron will be released in 2019. Dameronia – the Life and Music of Tadd Dameron, his biography of jazz musician Tadd Dameron, has been published by University of Michigan Press. Now living in the San Diego, CA area, he continues to perform locally, with occasional brief tours.
“…one of the region’s premier Jazz sax players.” Martha Ouellette – Stroudwater Live Music Series