Paul Kendall Quartet
Friday, April 21, 2017, 7:30 pm
Paul Kendall - Saxophone
Patrick Poladian - Piano
Paul Rostock - Bass
Vern Mobley - Drums
Performing the Music of Stevie Wonder
"Jazz musicians have been fond of the music of Stevie Wonder for the lyricism, sophistication, and overall excellence of his writing, which we consider among the best in the history of American popular music. During my performances with pianist Patrick Poladian, we found a common appreciation for the high quality of his song writing." - Paul Kendall
Paul Kendall started on clarinet in the 4th grade in New York public school. When the 9th grade band director asked who would play baritone sax, he volunteered. Paul entered college as a baritone saxophonist, but added flute, tenor, and alto sax there. Shortly after college, he was a member of the big bands of Ken McIntyre and Charli Persip on baritone. He began leading jazz groups in venues including Birdland, The Angry Squire, and Cleopatra's Needle in Manhattan, on tenor saxophone. In 2004, Paul relocated to Eastern PA, where he is a member of The Skip Wilkins Quintet, The Tony Gairo/Gary Rissmiller Big Band, and Mark Hamza's Great Swamp Blues Band. Paul also performs with Dave Leonhardt.
"Paul Kendall sounds like a natural jazz musician - his music has the stamp of authenticity - a little of the cool of Stan Getz, the bravado of Joe Lovano, and the bluesiness of an early period Sonny Rollins."