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Paul Fessenden

 Paul Fessenden - phot by J Rhoton 

Paul Fessenden - Saxes and Flute

bulletPaul began playing saxophone at 7 years old
bulletWas involved in the music program from grade school to college  
bulletIn high school and college, he played lead tenor in the jazz bands, and won many outstanding solo awards at local and state competitions
bulletStudied jazz improvisation with Floyd Standifer, Don Lanphere, Jay Thomas
bulletAt age 19 Paul was in a commercial for mini-series 'Roots' with local jazz trumpeter Floyd Standifer
bulletAfter college, Paul spent one year on the road with Carnival playing the west coast, east coast, midwest and Alaska


bulletPaul has played with many local acts from 1979-2001 including
bulletFreddie Pink and the High Tops
bulletDick Powell
bulletThe Hooters
bulletDix Delux (see band photo below!)
bulletThe Jim Brady Band
bulletCharlie and the Tunas
bulletBig Dog Revue
bulletBlues Union
bullet88th St Quartet and Big Band


bulletPaul has been in bands that have opened for these national acts:
bulletSly and the Family Stone
bulletRomeo Void
bulletNew Shoes
bulletRobert Cray


bulletMusical influences
bulletMike Brecker
bulletJohn Coltrane
bulletSonny Rollins
bulletJoe Henderson
bulletGene Amons
bulletTower of Power


bulletPaul plays Selmer, Yamaha and Antigua tenor, alto and soprano saxophones and Ponzol and Ottolink mouthpieces.

To see more pictures of Paul, please click on the thumbnails below to view the larger picture, as it were....

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Paul has a few hysterical, um, that's historical photos for your enjoyment...



Photo 1 - Paul and brothers with the neighborhood kids - 1967

Photo 2 - Paul's Big Hair (let's hear it for the mullet) & Spandex rock and roll days

Photo 3 - Paul spent a couple of years wandering the Oregon Coast in search of a gig, unfortunately mostly getting sand dollars for tips...


Paul and the band (Freddie Pink) with Alan While (Yes)

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Photo 1 - Paul with Lenny Williams (Tower of Power) at the Triple Door

Photo 2 - BIG shot of Paul and band with Alan White (Yes)

Photos 3, 4, 5 - Paul and Freddie Pink with Lenny Williams and Gospel  Choir at the Triple Door

Photo 5 - Paul at the Triple Door playing to his lovely wife Susie


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