Paul Roberts

Paul was born in Charleston, S.C. on October 11, 1964, the son of two Air Force parents.  He grew up in Pittsburg, OH where he got involved in music and dance at a young age.  In Jr. high they moved to Kansas City where Paul pursued music.  At the end of 8th grade, Paul switched from trumpet to trombone and auditioned for the Kansas City Youth Symphony beating out high school seniors for principle trombone even though he had only been playing trombone for just 4 months.

He became interested in jazz fusion and began studying improvisation and arranging with John Elliot at 15.  Paul went on to attend the Conservatory of Music at UMKC but dropped out after a few years to join the Marine Corps as an Avionics Technician.

In the Marines, Paul served in combat as a part of the spearhead of Marines who moved in and secured Mogadishu and Baidogle (pronounced Bye-dough-gle), Somalia in 1992-93.  Upon returning to the states, he transferred to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band and began gigging around the Orange County and Los Angeles areas.  He also started playing the bass trombone.

Paul got to study piano with Cedar Walton, conducting with Larry Curtis and bass trombone from a variety of LA area session musicians.  He also played piano on the soundtrack to “The American President” starring Michael Douglas.

In 1996, Paul returned to KC and got a degree in Music Composition from UMKC and performing with various groups around town from Kerry Strayer’s band to subbing with the Kansas City Symphony.

In 2001, Paul made it to the final round of a bass trombone audition for the US Army Jazz Ambassadors.  While he did not win that position, there were impressed with his arranging skills and offered him a staff arranger position with the Ground Forces Band in Atlanta, GA where he wrote more than 80 arrangements for quartets, quintets, combos, showbands, big bands and symphonic band including an 18 minute suite of music from the first “Lord of the Rings” film.

After finishing the Army in 2005, Paul has returned to KC where he is the bass trombonist and staff arranger for the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, keyboardist for the J Love Band, BMW, Mundo Nuovo, The Max Berry Band, Pope of Dope and his own fusion trio and quartet, “Electric Trio” and music director/pianist of “12th st. Jump”.

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