Paul Hendon is an electronics engineer who plays jazz clarinet as a hobby. Tutored at high school by one of the forefathers of Australian jazz, Ade Monsborough, Paul’s forte is music from the swing era, along with trad. jazz.
His influences include Benny Goodman, Pete Fountain, Kenny Davern, Eddie Daniels and Andrew Firth. In 1993, he spent a year in Toronto, Canada where he joined the Silver Leaf Jazz Band. More recently he has enjoyed the opportunity to play at local gigs with some of Australia’s premiere musicians including Janet Seidel, Bob Barnard, George Golla, Kevin Hunt, Don Burrows and the late Tom Baker, as well as with visiting international artists like the Milano Jazz Gang (Italy) and Jim Cullum Jr. (USA). He has performed for many years at the prestigious Noosa Jazz Festival, as well as at various Jazz Clubs around South East Queensland. Paul is a life member of the Toowoomba Jazz Society.
2002 saw the formation of “Paul Hendon’s Goodman Quartet” with Brisbane musicians Dave McCallum (drums) and Jo Bloomfield (piano), along with Marsh Robinson (double bass) from Hervey Bay. In 2003, Sydney vibraphonist Glenn Henrich joined the band, which produced their first CD from a live recording at Preston Peak Wines “Jazz in the Vineyard”. The band was invited to play at the Manly Jazz Festival in Sydney. Since then, Sunshine Coast guitarist and luthier Dave Burrows has rounded out the group to a full sextet.
Paul doubles on saxophone, and is available for gigs in the South East Queensland region. His band can vary in size from a trio (piano/drums/clarinet+sax) up to a sextet (add double bass, guitar and vibes) to suit the function.
Phone: 0408 076 019