Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
VornHagen, Paul, saxophone, flute and vocals; b. Cincinnati, OH, 18 August 1950. His parents, Vincent and Barbara, are both deceased (Vincent and Barbara). His siblings are Mark (b. 1953), Julie, Jeff, and Jill.
He attended Ohio University, Univ of Michigan, and City College of San Francisco. Took piano lessons at age 8 for a year, sang in church choir in elementary--8th grade. Self-taught saxophonist, flautist (age 22). Learned by ear at first and then learned how to read music later. First band was a jazz standards and bossa nova trio. Also played bamboo and silver flutes early on with a conga drum troupe for U of Mich dancers. Played with R & B group out of Detroit called Domino from 1984-88. Named "Best Band" by Metro-Times Music Awards in 86-87. Formed the Paul VornHagen Jazz Group in 1988-present performing at area jazz clubs, festivals, etc.
Enlightened Sector (1987); Whispers in the Wind (1988); Lavendar Blue (1989); Variations (1991); Mercy! (1995); Parisian Protocol (1997); Swing As You Are (1999); Heart (2001)
Named Best Instrumentalist 1987, Best Jazz Reed 1997, Nominated for Best Jazz album and vocalist in 1999 by Detroit Music Awards.