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Warburton, Paul (Glenn)

Warburton, Paul (Glenn), bassist; b. Denver, CO, 18 February 1942. His mother is Gertrude McDermand, and his father is William Warburton, a professional pianist. Paul's influences include Red Mitchell, Jim Hall, Bill Evans and Scott Lafaro. The bass lured Paul in at the tender age of fifteen.  Dick, his half-brother, often left his bass at Paul's house while doing business in the city.  Paul innocently picked up the bass and started down a path he would follow for the rest of his life.  Paul could naturally play by ear and is completely self-taught.  He learned finger positions by looking at pictures of Ray Brown and other bassists on the backs of albums in record stores.  Paul graduated from East High School, in Denver, 1959.  He immediately began to play for Effie, "The Blonde Tigress of the Keyboard" at the famous Senate Lounge in Downtown Denver.  His brother had to substitute for him so he could attend his High School Graduation Exercises.

Warburton became a mainstay of the Jazz Scene in Denver.  He has since played with almost every jazz great in locations throughout the United States and around the world.  He is one of the few bassists who has worked with the great pianist, Bill Evans.  From Pepper Adams to Phil Woods, Paul has worked with hundreds of the Jazz Greats over the past forty years.  He has toured extensively in the U.S., Europe and Japan with such celebrated stars as Stan Getz, Pharaoh Sanders, Richie Cole, Clifford Jordan and others. He was a member of the Richie Cole quartet and the Dick Hindman trio for many years.

Paul plays a Joseph Bohmann, five string bass, circa 1888, which is tuned to a low B.    The bass was purchased from the estate of Mr. Bohmann, the maker.  The bass had never been played; Paul is the original and only player of this unique instrument.

He married Barbara Grant in 1976. Barbara was Paul's Producer/ Manager and Travel Companion for many years, until her death from cancer in 2002.

Paul Warburton featuring Dale Bruning: Our Delight (1986); Speak Low (1995)

As sideperson:
Joseph Bonner: Impressions of Copenhagen (1980); Bobby Norris: Close Up (1981); Dick Hindman: Secret Garden (1985); Richie Cole, Alto Madness: Bossa Nova Eyes (1985); Cal Tjader: Swing + Latin=Jazz (1990); Movie Soundtrack/CD: Almost Blue (Nelson Hinds Composer/Conductor) (1995); Dick Hindman: Secret Garden (2002)

Articles:  New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Chicago Tribune, Bass Player Magazine, Denver Magazine, Westword Magazine

Westword Magazine "Best Band" Three years running

Contact information:
1241 Welch St.
Golden, Co., 80401     303-235-0339

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