With Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond brought jazz into the popular mainstream, and their landmark albums such as ‘Time Out’ and Time Further Out’ were hits with young and old alike. They toured the world throughout the 1950s and 60s.
Desmond worked several times during his career with baritone saxophonist and band leader Gerry Mulligan, making two albums together. Desmond also had a celebrated studio partnership with guitarist Jim Hall, and he appeared as a guest artist on recordings with Chet Baker.
Will Paley is a highly sought after saxophonist based in Exeter. He performs regularly around the UK and has played at some of the country’s most prestigious venues including The Barbican Centre, The Vortex, The 100 Club, Ronnie Scotts, Westminster Abbey and 10 Downing Street.
Desmond produced a light, melodic tone on the alto saxophone, trying to sound, he said, “like a dry martini.” He quickly became one of the best known saxophonists from the West Coast’s ‘cool school’ of jazz.