Paul Martin-Music Director
(Bass-Upright & Electric, Beginner Guitar)
Paul Martin, a native of Ashland OH, and the Minister of Worship and Music at First Lutheran Church in Shelby, has been named Music Director at the Richland Academy of the Arts, and will serve as the new leader of the Mansfield Jazz Orchestra, the Mansfield Youth Jazz Ensemble, and the creator of the new Majestic Theatre Jazz Concert Series.
Paul attended Capital University where he studied jazz arranging under Woody Herman bass trombonist and arranger Vaughn Wiester. He also had the privilege to study jazz bass under Tony Bennett bassist Doug Richeson. Paul then attended Ashland University where he studied saxophone with Dr. Thomas Reed, and graduated with bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Paul also was a student at several of the highly regarded Jamey Aeberold Jazz Camp Workshops.
Paul has played for many years with area jazz bands such as the Percy Hall Dance Band, the John Kennedy Band, Leo Jones’ band Mem’ries, Kyle Robbins’ band Ambyr, the Dick Robbins Quartet, and the Jimmy Franck Band. He leads the Paul Martin Jazz Quintet, the Stardust Dance Band, and the Artistic Jazz Orchestra. Paul also has had the unique privilege of performing with some of the finest jazz musicians in the country, including the Las Vegas vocalist/pianist George Bugatti, vocalist Cathi Muckle (the niece of Rosemary Clooney), trumpeter Bobby Shew, and drummer Louise Bellson.
Paul is the owner of Paul Martin Music, a publisher of original jazz ensemble music, and is a member of the American Society of Composers and Publishers. Paul is the Vice President, Program Chairman, and founding member of Ashland’s Big Bands and All That Jazz Society. This organization, which has been in existence for 30 years, promotes the finest in Ohio jazz through monthly concerts featuring bands ranging from fine jazz quintets to big bands. Paul also serves as the President of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 159, and leads the Local 159 Big Jazz Band that performs area summer concerts.