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Tynan, Paul (Philip)

Tynan, Paul (Philip), trumpeter, composer, educator; b. Fort Erie, ON, Canada, 7 February 1975. His parents are Paul Philip Tynan Sr. and Elizabeth Ann Sheehy. At the age of 5 his family moved to Houston, TX.

In 1987 he began to study the trumpet with Kevin Henderson. His father passed away in 1989, and the family relocated to Buffalo, NY. During 1989-1993 he studied trumpet with Gerry Soffer of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1993 Paul moved to Potsdam, NY to attend the Crane School of Music on a performance scholarship. During this time he studied classical trumpet with Dr. John Ellis, and Dr. Gordon Mathie and began his love affair with jazz.

Under the tutelage of Bret Zvacek, Paul performed in various big bands and combos in the Northern New York/ South Eastern Ontario area, most notable, the Greg Runion's Big Band in Kingston, ON. During 1996-97 Paul moved to Pitea, Sweden and studied harmony with Han Hjortek and trumpet with Tim Hagans, and Urban Agnas. Upon his return to the United States in the summer of 1997 Paul attended the Lake Placid "looking Ahead in Jazz" seminar led by Bob Brookmeyer. In 1997-98 Paul directed the Clarkson University Big Band. He returned to Postdam and completed a BM in Music Education and a BM in Performance with a minor in jazz studies in 1998. Paul began work on a MM in jazz studies from the University of North Texas in 1998 where he served as a Graduate teaching fellow in improvisation and big band.

While in Denton, TX, Paul performed with The University of North Texas's One O'clock Lab Band (99-01) as a featured soloist, studied trumpet with Jay Saunders, Mike Stinel; Composition with Neil Slater, Paris Rutherford, and became a very busy freelance musician in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. In 2000, Paul's writing and playing ability gained him a recording contract with NohJoh music, won two Down Beat Student Music awards (Jazz Instrumental Group Winner, and Jazz Instrumental Soloist Winner), and landed him a spot in Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Residency program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.. Paul completed a MM in jazz studies in 2001.

In 2001 he accepted a position at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia teaching Trumpet, Arranging/Composition, and directing the student Big Band. During the summer of 2002 Paul attended the Banff International Jazz Workshop, and lived in Brooklyn, NY with the help of a Canada Council Grant.

Paul is very active as a trumpeter and composer. He has performed and/or recorded with, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer, The Dallas Jazz Orchestra, The Maritime Jazz Orchestra, Michael Brecker, Dan Hearle, Norah Jones, Mike Murley, Django Bates, and Chris Potter among others. He has also performed at various venues and festivals (Knitting Factory, The Rex, Atlantic Jazz Festival, Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, others).

He is married Elizabeth Buck (now Tynan).

Recordings:
Simple (1997); NJPT (2000); Freedom and Jealousy (2002)
As sideperson:
The Crane School Of Music Wind Ensemble: The Crane Wind Ensemble Live (1994); 103.3 the EDGE: TV Themes (1996); Rysying Tyde: Walking on Water (1997);
Robert Lindquist: Robert Lindquist  (1998); UNT Jazz Repertory Ensemble: Dallas Doings (1999); Pat Roberts: Still Unfolding (1999); UNT Two O' Clock Lab Band: Translucent Two (1999);
UNT Two O' Clock Lab Band: Tribute to Benny Carter (2000); Dallas Jazz Orchestra: Un-Numbered in Front (2000); Tuxedo Junction: Up in Harlem on Saturday Night (2000);
UNT One O' Clock Lab Band: Kenny Wheeler and the One O'Clock Lab Band (2000), Lab 2000 (2000), Lab 2001 (2001)
Unissued recordings:
About 20 unissued tapes of performances from ca. 1998 on, with Jim Black, Chris Potter, Kenny Wheeler, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Owen Howard, Rob Scheps, Dave Young, Neil Swainson, Bobby Selvaggio, Gene Smith, and others.
Radio and television broadcasts: 
CBC (National Broad Cast) Atlantic Jazz Festival 2002: Maritime Jazz Orchestra w/ Rene Rosnes, and Terry Clarke;
CBC (National Broad Cast) Atlantic Jazz Festival 2002: Skip Beckwith's Brazil NS. w/ Doug Riley;
KNTU-FM 2001 One O' Clock Lab Band w/ Michael and Randy Brecker; KNTU-FM 2001 One O' Clock Lab Band w/ Byron Stripling;
KNTU-FM 2000 One O' Clock Lab Band w/ Kenny Wheeler

Bibliography:
"St. FX News" Article, Jazz Bulletin, The News Letter of Jazz Canada (IAJE)
"The Rest," Big Band Composition. Published by UNC Jazz Press
"The Eipper" Big Band Composition. Published by UNC Jazz Press
ITG Journal June2002 Review of "Freedom and Jealousy"
ITG Journal March 2001 Review of "NJPT"
Websites:
http://www.jazzreview.com/cdreview.cfm?ID=3334 (Long Review)
http://www.maxwellrecords.com/cadencereview2.html (Long Review)

Contact information:
Ptynan@stfx.ca
http://www.stfx.ca/people/ptynan/welcome.html
902-867-3675 (St. FXU in Antigonish, NS)

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