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A Talk With Paul Combs

Photo by Annie Shreffler.

Paul Combs had been living in the Boston area since 1972, moving here from Philadelphia. I grew up in Camden, New Jersey, right across the river from Philly, coming to Boston in 1968. In conversation years ago we discovered that we had listened to the same radio stations and the same announcers. Paul did more than listen to Philadelphia radio. He became a radio announcer there and he continued on the air in Boston at WBUR. Eventually his love of playing music made him decide to devote more time to playing music on his instruments than on the radio.

Many of us know Paul as a saxophonist, playing frequently in venues north of Boston. Paul is also an active worker for JazzBoston working to help promote their JazzBird® the free jazz radio app from JazzBoston, provides access to hundreds of jazz radio shows streaming live 24/7 from broadcast and Internet stations around the globe.

He started on a labor of love that took him 25 years to complete. Discovering that there was no book written about the pianist and composer. Tadd Dameron, Combs published Dameronia:The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron in 2012. You can take a listen of Comb’s interview about the book on NPR All Things Considered here, buy the book on Amazon, buy his music from CDbaby, and read more bout Paul Combs here.

Tadd Dameron (smiling at center) was an important figure in American jazz and bebop. He is shown here with Fats Navarro on trumpet, and Charlie Rouse and Ernie Henry on saxophone.William Gottlieb/Library of Congress.

Tadd Dameron (smiling at center) was an important figure in American jazz and bebop. He is shown here with Fats Navarro on trumpet, and Charlie Rouse and Ernie Henry on saxophone.William Gottlieb/Library of Congress.

Unfortunately Paul recently moved across the country to California. I had a chance to talk with him when we both attended the Jazzweek Summit in San Jose. Our talk covered a lot of different topics.

The JazzWeek Summit

The 2015 JazzWeek Summit

Dameronia The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron by Paul Combs

Dameronia: The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron
by Paul Combs

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