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Neufeld, Paul (John Paul Frederick Neufield)

Neufeld, Paul [John Paul Frederick Neufield], composer, keyboards, tuba; b. Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada, 16 December 1967. He was raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada by is parents, John Neufeld (b. 1933 Kitchener, Ontario) and Frieda Neufeld (b. 1930 St Pierre, Manitoba). His siblings are Katherine (b. 1958, Kitchener, Ontario) and Christine (b. 1961 Kitchener, Ontario).

At 36, Paul Neufeld has been active in the music scene in Toronto, in Canada, and internationally, for 13 years.  He is known as a composer, keyboardist, and sousaphone player with a wide range of interests and influences that all make their way into his creative output. Paul has five currently issued CDs with NOJO, which he leads as composer and pianist, two with his Rhythm & Truth Brass Band as the composer/sousaphonist, and the first CD with his Paul Neufeld Group, themed on 19th Century African-American Spirituals, came out in Spring 2003 on True North Records. As a composer, Paul has received commissions for orchestra, written music for TV and film, and has been involved as arranger and side musician on many CD projects for other artists.  As a musician, Paul's reputation rests on his abilities as a versatile pianist with a distinct style on vintage electric keyboards, such as organs, electric pianos, and analogue synthesizers.  His work with his funky electric quartet, Rivethead, showcases this side, and his more commercial work in GrooveYard is evidence of his versatility.  His hard driving sousaphone powers both Rhythm & Truth, and the New Orleans sound of Suitcase Brass.

Paul is an active teacher and clinician based in the Toronto area, where he lives with his wife and two children.

1996 Juno Award - Best Contemporary Jazz Album
1997 Juno Nominee - Best Contemporary Jazz Album
1999 Juno Nominee - Best Contemporary Jazz Album
1999 Jazz Report Award - Big Band of the Year
2001 National Jazz Award - Big Band of the Year
2003 Juno Nominee - Best Contemporary Jazz Album
2004 Vibe Awards - Best Instrumental Album, Best Jazz Album

Rhythm & Truth Brass Band: Daddy Long Legs (1995); NOJO: Neufeld-Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra (1995), FireWater (1996), You Are Here (1998); Rhythm & Truth Brass Band: fife'n'drum (1999); NOJO: Highwire (2002); Walk Together (2003); NOJO: City of Neighborhoods (with Sam Rivers) (2004)
As sideperson:
The Sidemen: Dig In (horn arrangements); Shade: Porpoise (string arrangements); Harmony Trowbridge (sousaphone, melodica); Michelle Rasky (horn arrangements, keyboards); Gregg Lawless (sousaphone)

Film and television:
Fish Tales - Michael Greenspan, director
Second Hand - Michel Poirier, director
The Up and Comers - Martin Gero, director
Toronto Is Theatre - industrial


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