Paul Larsen

Paul Larsen plays saxophone, flute, and clarinet and has been a music teacher in the Caldwell/ West Caldwell NJ Public Schools since 1979. He received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from William Paterson College in 1979 and received a Master of Arts on flute from Montclair State College in 1987. Some of Paul’s former teachers include Ron Parello, Bob Keller, Hugh Stuart, Neal Bonsanti, Lou Budz, Peggy Schecter, Vinnie Hill, and Thad Jones.

Paul has performed with Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Fabian, The Shirelles, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Skyliners, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Lou Christie, and opened with the Angela Bacari Band for Rodney Dangerfield at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. He has also performed with jazz greats George Coleman, Claudio Roditti, New York Voices, and Rob McConnell. Paul has also performed with the New Jersey Saxophone Ensemble (whose CD received a favorable three star review from the Star Ledger) and other tri-state area groups. Paul was twice selected to conduct the New Jersey Northern Region Jr. High Jazz Ensemble, and he has been active as a judge and clinician for various All-State and Regional Jazz festivals throughout the state. Currently he performs with the NJ rock group Captains of Leisure.

Johnny Rock and Jonathan Bross are both former students of Paul’s, and each of them credit Paul for having a heavy influence on their formative years of musical training. The three came together on For The Record when Paul added a flute part to “It’s Been A While” by Anna Sirota and Andrew Reynolds.

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