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2015 ECMA nomination for Jazz Recording of the Year for Autumn Song and BiCostal Collective Chapter Four
Follow this link to an article written at the St FX website honoring the Music Faculty nominated across 4 categories!
Online Video Lessons via Skype
I will be offering Video Lessons on Skype starting in February as I learn about the best way to go about doing it. I'll be researching what a fair fee will be for a 45min long Lesson. Any topic you think I can help you with, Improvisation, Composition, Theory, Technique, prep for University or Conservatory audition, whatever you want.
I'll be adding Skype lessons to the store page on this site so you can easily find it. However please contact me to arrange a time, once we find a time you can order the lesson here and it will invoice you via paypal.
You're going to need a hi-speed web connection, a web camera and your instrument (a metronome or backing tracks also recommended).
Happy New Year!
Hard to believe that 2014 is over and done with. It was a crazy year for me which saw a lot of amazing changes in my life including getting married, a Dog and a change to my teaching life where I now teach Jazz Composition at STFX and direct the program's 8 piece jazz ensemble. Things that are coming up in 2015?
- A Record with my Brother, Josh Hanlon (check him out in the links he's a monster).
- Tribute projects to Kenny Wheeler and Marc Johnson.
- Online lessons which you can purchase and download for a modest price.
- As many gigs as I can muster.
- Plenty of Facebook and Twitter updates.
- Huge STFX guest artists for the Fall.
Website News/Store Updates
The Store has been updated with Concert charts (pdf) for my compositions on my albums.
Another year is approaching at Saint Francis Xavier and we have some incredible guest artists coming up, now I won't be performing with all of them but this is a serious situation here, major acts.
Sept 13 - David Braid (Piano) w/ Maritime Brass Quintet
Sept 22, 23 - Randy Brecker (Trumpet Legend)
Oct 22, 24 - Mike Murley (Sax) and Kevin Dean (Trumpet)
Oct 29 - Peter Erskine (Drumming legend)
Nov 12 - Adam Rogers (Guitar)
Nov 23 - Larry Grenadier (Bass)
March 16 - Andy LaVerne (piano)
I'll be teaching Jazz Composition this year at STFX. This is in addition to teaching Jazz Guitar and guitar masterclasses!
A year ago I played on the Bi-Costal Collective Chapter IV project and found out yesterday the Album was nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year for the Nova Scotia Music Awards, November 6-9 2014. Very cool!
My newest Album "Autumn Song" is now available for purchase on iTunes!
"Autumn Song is masterfully crafted and conceived, sounding like a long suite, using the free inspired Abscission pieces to connect the original compositions. Abscission is a biological term for the shedding of various parts of an organism, usually for the overall health of the organism. Paul and Jake use this concept by discarding the contrived approaches to playing duo, allowing them the freedom to explore all the tonal shades of their instruments, which brings out the real beauty and warmth of each piece."
Bobby Selvaggio; Director of Jazz Studies, Kent State University.
BiCostal Collective IV is on OA2 Records.
You can order it from OA2 by clicking here
I would welcome you all to keep in touch with me on Twitter or YouTube!
You'll find plenty of information on YouTube including videos of Improvisations and Lessons for those interested.