AFM (American Federation Of Musicians), TMA (Theater Musicians Association)
Instrument: 1700S Piccolo Trumpet
XO Artist Since: 2006
Music Genre(s): Rock, Jazz, Classical, R&B, Blues, Pop, Funk, Fusion, Latin, Studio/Session
Who are your strongest influences?: Doc Severisen, Conrad Gozzo, Bud Herseth
Paul Baron is one of today’s most highly respected lead and commercial trumpet players, and has authored a number of articles for music trade magazines and his first book, “Trumpet Voluntarily – A Holistic Approach To Maximizing Practice Through Efficiency” will be released later this fall 2016 through Bugles Media. His sound is distinctly bright and powerful and carries with it decades of experience in a wide range of musical styles from jazz to rock, big band to musical theater, TV jingles to movie soundtracks, and ballet to opera.
Since beginning his professional career over thirty-five years ago, Paul has amassed an extensive list of credentials. An abbreviated list includes stints with Natalie Cole, Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lou Rawls, James Ingram, Patti Austin, Sheena Easton, Ray Charles, Barry Manilow, Bob Hope, Dionne Warwick, Wayne Newton, Steve Allen, Broadway Divas Patti LuPone and Chita Riviera, and many more. He has toured with The Temptations, Mary Wells, and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and played for virtually every Motown group from The Spinners to The Four Tops and The OJAYS.
His numerous recordings include Aerosmith (Grammy Award winning songs), INXS, David Lee Roth, Skywalk, Powder Blues, and the Barenaked Ladies, as well as dozens of movie and television soundtracks, “Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Stargate SG1”, “MacGyver”, “Ace Ventura, Pet Detective”, “First Daughter”, “Lake Placid”, “Airbud”. Paul is heard on hundreds of television and radio commercials, including McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Coke, Pepsi, Ford, Mazda, Toyota and Century 21, Flinstones Vitamins, and many games for Electronic Arts, EA Sports.
Paul’s musical theater highlights include playing first trumpet for “Miss Saigon”, “Kiss of the Spider Woman”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “West Side Story”, “Annie”, “Chicago”, and “Beauty And The Beast”, Gershwin’s “Porgy And Bess”, and dozens more. Paul has toured extensively in the last fifteen years with the first national companies of “Forever Swing”, “Evita”, “Swing”, “Cats”, “The Full Monty”, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, Broadway legend Chita Rivera’s show, “Chita Rivera, The Dancer’s Life”, “Monty Python’s Spamalot” starring Richard Chamberlain, 2008 Tony Award winning musical “In The Heights”, 2010 Tony winner “Memphis, The Musical”, “Sister Act, A Divine Musical Comedy”, and Disney’s 2012 Tony award winning “Newsies” as well as the live movie filming of the “Newsies” to be released early 2017.
Paul has been a Jupiter XO artist/clinician since 2006 and is based in Seattle, Washington area. He is also an artist/clinician for Pickett Brass Mouthpieces with his own line of signature mouthpieces…. “Lead”, “Studio”, classical, jazz, as well as flugel horn and piccolo trumpet models.
From Paul’s formal Bachelor of Arts in trumpet performance from Western Washington University, coupled with his invaluable tenure in road bands and virtually every other musical setting, Paul brings a wealth of experience to his teaching and clinics. From his study of martial arts (mostly Aikido) and eastern philosophies, he has incorporated this experience and teaches an efficient use of energy to where it’s needed, in a relaxed, fun, and musical approach. He has been teaching nearly thirty-five years and conducting clinics for the last twenty-two years.
Paul will be furthering his education with a Masters degree from the University of Memphis starting very soon. The program will be designed with Paul as the model for this all new degree program. From his extensive experience on the road and as a local musician playing Broadway shows, and in conjunction with the degree, Paul’s second book focuses on playing Broadway shows and the specific talents required. The aim is to prepare players from all levels to play productions from high school to professional Broadway shows.