Paul Sanwald is a bassist and composer living in San Francisco. He leads a quartet that focuses on his original music, and also works steadily as a sideman on upright bass and guitar, and occasionally works as an arranger.

Paul started playing music professionally as a teenager, and has worked steadily for more than 20 years as a sideman and leader. Paul has toured internationally and recorded with Dem Brooklyn Bums, Elizabeth and the Hot and Silver Trio, The Blue Saracens, Flipside Phonics and Regatta 69, as well as leading his own groups.

Paul has composed and arranged music for almost every kind of group imaginable: small jazz groups, jazz big bands, orchestras, string quartet, and a variety of chamber groups.

A lifelong student, Paul attended the New School's venerable jazz performance program on scholarship, and studied orchestration, conducting and composition at the Julliard Evening Division with Dr. Daniel Ott and Jonathan Dawe. He's  studied jazz privately with many people, but his first and most important teachers were Ed Paolantonio and John Wheliss.

 

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