Paul went to the Leeds College of Music on a jazz course in 1976. From 1979 to 1982 he worked with NYJO, becoming immortalised in the pad with a chart, Waiting For Morgan, a reference to his then chronic unpunctuality for coach calls! Later he became the Principal Bass with the BBC Radio Orchestra.
He has worked, and continues to work, with all types of groups and big bands. He joined the Don Lusher Big Band in 1986 and continued to work with this band up to Don’s demise. He grew up accompanying many visiting American and other international artists at Ronnie Scott’s Club, the Concorde Club in Eastleigh, Southampton, and many clubs and concert halls around the world. Paul has played bass for musicians such as Zoot Sims, Peggy Lee, Ronnie Scott, and many other artists.
Due to his phenomenal technique, intonation, and sight reading ability, together with being equally adept whether playing pizzicato or arco on the double bass, many of the illustrious artists Paul has played with are not just in the jazz world. One of his main influences is Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, from Denmark, who also shares the same kind of musical attributes.
Paul is now mainly active playing ‘straight’ orchestral double bass in film and TV studios, as well as jazz gigs at Ronnie Scott’s Club, the various Pizza Express establishments, the Bulls Head Barnes, and other venues. He does not teach formally but is always willing to help colleagues and students, who have various problems playing the bass.