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Alto and soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, flutes
Born in California in 1952, Paul Stocker moved to Europe in 1970, where he has worked with an enormous variety of musicians from Europe, the America´s and Africa.
Settling in Spain at the beginning of the seventies, he worked with almost all of the national and international jazz artists in the country, like Tete Montoliu, Pony Poindexter, Lou Bennet, Jean-Luc Vallet, Dave Thomas, Billy Brooks, Peer Wyboris, Horacio Fumero, Eric Peter, Manolo Elías, Carlos Gonzálbez, José Antonio Galicia etc. as well as with people from the “movida catalana” like Toti Soler, Jordi Sabatès, Ovidi Montllor and the Orquestra Mirasol.
Meanwhile he established contacts in France, England and Portugal, where he worked with people like Mike Osborne, François Jeanneau, Saheb Sarbib, Henry Lowther, Rão Kyao, Kathy Stobart, Howard MacGhee, Jackie Samson and Steve Lacy.
At the end of the seventies, after spending a few years in Paris, he moved to Amsterdam, atracted by the experimental and open atmosphere dominant at that time in Holland. From there he worked with some of the best exponents of jazz and improvised music in Europe such as Misha Mengelberg, Han Benninck, Boy Raaymakers, Eric Vloeimans, Jasper van ’t Hof, Arjen Gorter, Willem Breuker; the South Africans Harry Miller, Dudu Pukwana, Joe Malinga, Johnny Dyani, Sean Bergin, Bongi Makeba, Thoko Mdlalhosa, Mervin Africa, Hugh Masekela and the African Jazz Pioneers; the Americans Wilbur Little, Curtis Clark, Clarence Becton, Ray Appelton, Burton Greene, Bob Bray etc. and furthermore with an array of talents from the whole world, including Alex von Schlippenbach, Carmen Linares, Leonardo Amuedo, Fernando Lameirinhas, Rafael de Utrera, Toninho Ramos, Adama Dramé, Régis Gizavo and Rafael Habichuela.
Apart from his work as a soloist, Paul Stocker was a saxophone and combo teacher during 4 years at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam; taught saxophone at the University of Amsterdam from 1990 till 2001; gave innumerable courses and workshops in jazz and improvised music, arrangement and composition in Holland, Belgium, Austria, France, Spain and Portugal; and because of his profound knowledge of a broad range of styles he is much required as a teacher and director in projects like “One World Music”, “Big Band”, “Mediterranée”, “Flamenco” or “Be Bop”.
From 1985 till 2001 he lead the legendary Sunday jam sessions at the literary café “De Engelbewaarder” in Amsterdam.
Since 1983 he directs and composes for the “Maiden Voyage Jazz Orchestra” (today “Paul Stocker Bug Band”), the most original and eclectic big band from Holland, which has conquered the public and the critics with its power, spontaneity and taste for risk and surprise. Apart from a stint as the orchestra in residence at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, the band played on the “Festival de Jazz de Salamanca” and the “Festival Internacional de Jazz de Granada” (2003) and on the “Festival de Jazz en la Costa” (Almuñécar, 2005), with special flamenco guests dancer Alba Cruz and percussionist Benjamín “El Moreno”.
Since 2001 Stocker has again been based in Spain, from where he develops his musical activities. In Granada he lead two quartets that played throughout the whole country, as well as the 13 piece creative orchestra Dubi Dubi Band. He also formed part of the “Luisitania Jazz Machine” of pianist Javier Arroyo.
From 2003 till 2008 he was artistic director at the “Escuela de Música Moderna de La Zubia”, where he imparted saxophone clases, combo and creative orchestra. Subsequently he gave classes in improvisation techniques in various towns around Granada, and is presently based in Madrid, where he leads a new quartet and teaches harmony and improvisation at the Aula de Músicas.
Paul Stocker is autodidact and has recorded more than 40 LP’s-CD’s.