Ubuntu Music Presents

Paul Booth Quartet 'Travel Sketches'

Album Launch

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Last Show: Tuesday 27 th August 2019

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Tonight will be a celebration of Paul Booth’s newest album release on Ubuntu Music and features his latest quartet incarnation. The compositions are inspired by places he has visited whilst on tour as a sideman with artists such as Steve Winwood. Although Booth is known as a saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, for this project he wanted to go back to his origins as a tenor player for the entirety of the album. This is coupled with his desire to record in a live room situation with no overdubs and no chance of “fixes”. Expect to hear the entire album plus a few familiar standards from this exceptional talent.

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" Paul displays the lyricism of the likes of John Coltrane and Stan Getz."

John Fordham, The Guardian

From his early acclaim as a prize-winning saxophonist, Paul Booth has continually refined and expanded his talents as a solo artist, composer, arranger and bandleader, whilst establishing an elite reputation as a first-call sideman for major contemporary music artists.

Paul was born in the North East of England, and as a young boy started playing music with his father in the clubs and bars of Southern Spain where the family were temporarily residing. On his return home, he discovered the local jazz scene and fell in love with the music and the art of improvisation. As a home-schooled child he was able to fit all his studies around music. He won a place at the Royal Academy of Music in 1993 at the age of 16, becoming their youngest student on a degree course. That year Paul also won the 'Best Modern Jazz Player’ category at the televised Young Jazz Player of the Year.

Over the next four years at the Academy, Paul combined his studies with gigs in London and across the UK, that included a long association with Colombian percussionist Roberto Pla and a partnership with pianist Alex Wilson that’s still going strong. During his third year, Paul won the prestigious Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship in Miami USA and spent a six-month exchange in Perth at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts. Following his graduation in 1997, Paul immersed himself in the world of the professional musician. He eventually joined the European Glenn Miller Orchestra for eight tours, before landing the saxophone chair for the worldwide smash hit show, Riverdance, staying for eighteen months. In 2005 Paul toured the US and Japan with Basia and Matt Bianco, and soon after received the call from Steve Winwood with whom he has been working ever since. 

Paul’s ability to blend into any musical surrounding coupled with his talents as a multi-instrumentalist has led to him being regularly chosen to perform with many well-known artists. Paul has toured, performed and recorded around the world with Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers Band, Bonnie Raitt, Chaka Khan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Rod Stewart, Kylie Mingoue, Riverdance, Warren Haynes, Marti Pellow, Derek Trucks, Eddie Henderson, Geoffrey Keezer, Clarence Penn and Ingrid Jensen. He has worked with Incognito, Brand New Heavies, The BBC Big Band, Michael Janisch Quintet and the Ryan Quigley Quintet.



Band Lineup

Paul Booth (saxophone)

Steve Hamilton (piano)

Dave Whitford (bass)

Andrew Bain (drums)