born on 31/8/1939 in Altoona, PA, United States
Paul Winter (born August 31, 1939 in Altoona, Pennsylvania) is an American saxophonist (alto and soprano saxophone), and is a six-time Grammy Award nominee.
Paul Winter attended Altoona Area High School and graduated in 1957. In 1961, while he was in college at Northwestern University, the band that he founded, the Paul Winter Sextet, won the Intercollegiate Jazz Festival and was signed by Columbia Records.
The next year, the band toured Latin America as cultural ambassadors for the United States State Department, playing 160 concerts in 23 countries. The Sextet was also the first jazz band to perform at the White House.
Winter returned to Brazil in the mid-1960s and his interest in Brazilian music and the emerging bossa nova led to the 1965 release of the album Rio, with liner notes by Vinicius de Moraes.
After Winter's band changed its name to the Paul Winter Consort in the late 1960s, it contributed to the development of world music and space music. The Consort's 1972 release, Icarus, was produced by George Martin. Most of the musicians who worked on this album went on to form the jazz group Oregon. The Consort has continued over the years with different musicians.
Winter was awarded the Courage of Conscience Award for creating music that celebrates the sacredness of life and for his support of the arts.The Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Recipients List
Currently, Paul Winter is working on two new albums: One album will be a compilation of material from his original group, the Paul Winter Sextet, titled Early Winter. The other is an album of new music, featuring the Paul Winter Consort, the Great Rift Valley Orchestra, and the calls of the birds that migrate from Africa to Eurasia. The new project will be titled Flyways, and will be a musical journey through the cultures that the birds fly over. Both projects will be released in 2011.
Winter is married and has two children.
|The Sound of Ipanema||1964||Columbia|
|Missa Gaia/Earth Mass||1982||Living Music|
|Sun Singer||1983||Living Music|
|Whales Alive||1987||Living Music|
|Earth: Voices of a Planet||1990||Living Music|
|Solstice Live!||1993||Living Music|
|Prayer for the Wild Things||1994||Living Music|
|Canyon Lullaby||1997||Living Music|
|Brazilian Days||1998||Living Music|
|Celtic Solstice||1999||Living Music|
|Journey with the Sun||2000||Living Music|
Paul Winter Consort
|The Winter Consort||1968||A&M|
|Something in the Wind||1969||A&M|
|Concert for the Earth||1985||Living Music|
|Wolf Eyes||1989||Living Music|
|The Man Who Planted Trees||1990||Living Music|
|Turtle Island||1991||Living Music|
|Spanish Angel||1993||Living Music|
|Silver Solstice||2005||Living Music|
|Miho: Journey to the Mountain||2010||Living Music|
|Earth Music||2011||Living Music|
Paul Winter Sextet
|The Paul Winter Sextet||1961||Columbia|
|Jazz Meets The Bossa Nova||1962||Columbia|
|Jazz Premiere: Washington||1963||Columbia|
|New Jazz on Campus||1963||Columbia|
|Jazz Meets The Folk Song||1963||Columbia|
- Breen, Terry. "A Winter's Tale", in Northwestern (Northwestern University alumni magazine), Spring 2000. Accessed October 8, 2006
- Knapp, Tom. "Paul Winter: Common Ground (A&M Records, 1978)", review in Rambles. Accessed January 29, 2006
- [Paul Winter at All Music Guide Allmusic entry for Paul Winter]
- Paul Winter biography, on LivingMusic.com.