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Paul Contos

Continuing Lecturer in Music - Saxophone

Concurrent affiliations: California State University, Monterey Bay; saxophone clinician, Monterey Jazz Festival Education Program; director, Monterey County High School Honor Band; co-director, California High School All-Star Band; Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Camp, Ray Brown’s Great Big Band, Dave Eshelman’s Jazz Garden Band, Juan Sanchez Ensemble, and others.

Previous affiliations: Santa Cruz County Symphony, San Jose Civic Light Opera Orchestra; artist-in-residence, California Arts Council. Recipient of three performance grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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Selected Performances: 

Performances with McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Dizzy Gillespie, Mundell Lowe, Clark Terry, Roy Hargrove, Bobby Hutcherson, Billy Childs, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, Dianne Reeves, Sheila Jordan, Rebecca Paris, Rufus Reid, Bill Berry, Bruce Forman, Louie Bellson, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Steve Allen, Barry Manilow, and others. Concerts and festivals in U.S., Japan, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, and Tahiti. 

Selected Recordings: 

Numerous recordings including Capitol Records (Hollywood), Angel Recording (London), and Fantasy Records (Berkeley). 

Teaching Interests: 

Pedagogical philosophy: emphasis on sound production and projection, stylistic flexibility, and mastering jazz improvisation.