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

Paul’s latest CD: Unknown Dameron:

PAUL COMBS: UNKNOWN DAMERON, from SUMMIT was among Larry Hollis’s top ten CDs of 2019 in Cadence Magazine’s critic’s poll. Top Ten Honors are published in the annual print edition and again in the January 2019 quarterly online edition. PAUL COMBS: UNKNOWN DAMERON, from SUMMIT was selected in the top ten CDs of 2019 critic’s poll in Cadence Magazine. Scott Yanow selected it for his top 25 in LA Jazz Scene.
10/7/19 – 8 weeks total on the Jazz Week top 50!
Click here for links to the Summit Records Web-site and reviews.

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:


A La Bridges

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.

Track from CD Moon & Sand – PC sax, Tony Zano, Piano; John Lockwood, Bass; Joe Hunt, Drums:

Frank Fuller’s Waltz

YouTube Channel




LA Jazz Scene – Paul Combs Unknown Dameron (Summit), by Scott Yanow – Nov. 2019

San Diego Troubadour – PAUL COMBS: Unknown Dameron, Paul Homicz – Sept. 2019

Paul Combs: Unknown Dameron, by George W. Harris – Aug.1, 2019

L’Appeal Du Disque –  PAUL COMBS . Unknown Dameron, by Yves Dorison – 11 Juin 2019

Paul Combs: Unknown Dameron, By Mark Meyers – June 19, 2019

Paul Combs: Unknown Dameron, By Raul da Gama

LIVE AT CHIT CHAT – Sea Breeze 3073

Pocket Big Band at Chit Chat

MOON & SAND – BoMuse Transcriptions 1003

state of the art (Moon & Sand)

HAWK’S DELIGHT – BoMuse Transcriptions 1001

PAUL COMBS QUARTET: The Things You All Are



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