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Shanti studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was featured soloist with Kenny Wheeler on the CD â€˜Walk Softlyâ€™. In the 80s paul toured with Tim Garlandâ€™s â€˜Points on the Curveâ€™ band, played with the Guildhall big band at Ronnie Scottâ€™s with Randy Brecker, played with Jason Rebello, Cleveland Watkiss and Courtney Pine, and discovered Afro-Cuban music with Roberto Pla. At the start of the 90s he also played trumpet with the Brand New Heavies, joined Mike Westbrookâ€™s big band, John Mayerâ€™s Indo-Jazz Fusions and Lindsay Cooperâ€™s â€˜Sahara Dustâ€™ and toured with them in Europe. He became heavily involved in Latin and Brazilian music, playing with almost all the bands on the scene, including a nationwide tour with â€˜Sexteto CafÃ©â€™, a long association with Roberto Pla and with Conjunto Sabroso, for whom he became MD and sometime arranger, also backing many visiting artists from Puerto Rico and the USA in the UK and Europe. He formed NÃ³is with MÃ´nica Vasconcelos, among others, and contributed several tracks to the repertoire. With the Grand Union Orchestra, he became a workshop leader, and took part in many large projects featuring world and jazz musicians, as well as a plethora of local community and youth groups. He began playing Klezmer with Russian clarinettist Gregori Schechter and Stewart Curtisâ€™ K Groove. He also joined John Etheridgeâ€™s Zappatistas, and appeared with the Don Lusher Big Band and Brian Abrahamsâ€™ District 6. In the second half on the 90s he joined Alex Wilsonâ€™s band and recorded with Bobby Watson on Alexâ€™s first CD, also playing alongside Bobby at the RFH during the BBC Jazz Awards. He travelled to Cuba in 1999 and played in concert with many of the Buena Vista Social Club, including Ruben Gonzales and Cachaito, also appearing with Frank Emilio Flynâ€™s â€˜Los Amigosâ€™. Frank Emilio subsequently invited him to perform with him during his solo concert at the Barbican, and with â€˜Los Amigos' in Germany. After 2000 he joined Karen Tweedâ€™s â€˜May Mondayâ€™, featuring Finnish and Swedish folk musicians, with whom he performed all over the UK and gave some masterclasses in Limerick University. He recorded with folk singer Bill Jones and appeared with her at Cambridge Folk Festival and the BBC folk awards. He continued his association with Alex Wilson, touring the UK and Germany, supporting the Afro-Cuban Allstars. He also had a residency with 5 Cubans and Venezuelans in a club in Leicester Square every week for 6 months. 2001-2003 completed several Jazz Services tours in a trio with Pete Jacobsen and Clare Foster, as well as Claridade Brazilian band, whose CD he recorded and produced. He travelled to Rio De Janeiro and SÃ£o Paulo and sat in with Grammy nominated Banda Mantiqueira, forming a friendship with top Brazilian trumpeter Walmir Gil, who subsequently played on â€˜Round Tripâ€™. In New York he hung out at Smalls for the late night jam sessions, and also met and sat in with Cuban trumpeter Chocolate Armenteros. In 2004 he formed the group ShantiJazzWorld and composed music for it and played gigs around the UK, mainly in regional Jazz Clubs. He joined Jason Yardeâ€™s â€˜Acoustic Bombasticâ€™. He was involved in the development of the ABRSM trumpet Grades, also playing on the CDs. He supported the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis at the Barbican with Alex Wilson. In 2005 played in the Klaipeda Jazz Festival, Lithuania, with Manteca (DVD available). For the ABRSM he led several workshops for teachers who wanted to teach their students the Jazz syllabus and began teaching at CYM. He played in Donna Summerâ€™s band, taught on courses with Scott Stroman, played in an LPO improvising group at the Festival Hall, and supported Wayne Shorter. In 2006 ShantiJazzWorld continued to tour, Shanti guested in the Felix and Bb jazz clubs in Berlin, also formed a duo with Steve Lodder, playing at several festivals. He played with Clare Foster and Ryo Kawasaki in Nomme Jazz Festival, Estonia and took up the principal trumpet chair in â€˜Porgy and Bessâ€™ at the Savoy Theatre. 2007 saw more festival work with Manteca and Alex Wilson, recording on Gilad Atzmonâ€™s â€˜Refugeâ€™, playing trumpet and â€˜cello with Jason Yarde at Glasgow International Jazz Festival, taking part in the premiere of Jonathen Cohenâ€™s â€˜Little Giddingâ€™ at TS Elliot festival, Little Gidding, and releasing the CD â€˜Round Tripâ€™. In 2008 Paulâ€™s band has played at the Pizza Express and Canary Wharf Jazz Festival, he has recorded with Kuljit Bhamra, played as sideman for both Dominic Alldis and Mariko Koike at the Pizza on the Park, appeared at Ronnie Scotts with Alex Wilson and played in the Kelvin Christiane quintet. He has formed a world jazz trio with John Crawford and Andres Ticino, and has appeared in â€˜Jersey Boysâ€™ and â€˜Gone With The Windâ€™ in the West End. 2009 has seen Shanti freelancing and playing plenty of jazz gigs, teaching at CYM, judging the solo and ensemble brass competitions at the Colchester Institute, playing in 'Jersey Boys' in the West End, playing with 'Friendly Fires' and 'Matt Bianco', touring with his band 'ShantiJazzWorld' with support from Jazz Services, teaching at Marlborough Summer School, and on the Global Music Foundation seminars in Saarwellingen (Germany) and Certaldo (Italy). In 2010 Shanti was with Jason Yarde's Acoutastic Bombastic, Manteca, Dan Reinstein, Salsa Celtica (15th Anniversary Tour), Grand Union Orchestra, MÃ´nica Vasconcelos, Alex Wilson (Compass Suite and tutor at Aldeburgh Young Artists Programme and for Black History Month at Essex Primary in Newham), Matt Bianco in Indonesia and Bulgaria, Snowboy and the Latin Section in France. He was invited to play at Avui Jazz in Valencia, the Bb Club in Berlin, Marlborough Jazz Festival. He also taught at Marlborough Summer School and toured the UK with Darius and the History of the Big Bands. In 2011 Shanti ran a course of jazz workshops at Cardinal Vaughan School in Holland Park, London, played at Ronnie Scotts with King Salsa, found himself soloing in front of the BBC Concert and Grand Union Orchestras at the Hackney Empire, running a music project at Essex Primary School, touring with Matt Bianco, Salsa Celtica and Alex Wilson, and running a jazz course at Marlborough Summer School. He has joined a new jazz orchestra "Bansangu Orchestra" and finished the year off touring with pop sensation "Friendly Fires". In 2012 Shanti appeared on a live worldwide internet event for Heineken, recorded a latin jazz CD with Marc Cecil, directed three weeks of workshops in Essex Primary School in Barking, toured in China with Friendly Fires and toured the UK with Andy Abrahams and the History of the Big Bands. He also played for the show "Carnival" at the Bridewell Theatre, appeared with Kelvin Christiane at the Twickenham Jazz Festival, with Lea Delaria at Swanage Jazz Festival, an impromptu session with Robben Ford at the 606 Club, and with MÃ´nica Vasconcelos at the Rio 2016 event at Somerset House. The new big band Bansangu played two of his compositions at the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival. He recorded for and played with Conjunto Sabroso for the launch of their CD "Yo Tengo Lo Que Queria". In December he travelled to Brazil for some relaxation (and some music!). 2013 sees Shanti learning a new instrument - George Schlub has just made him a valve/slide trumpet. Shanti has published a book and CD of 12 elementary trumpet tunes in different world music styles for the 'Globetrotter' series on OUP. April saw the launch of a new trio project, with South Indian influences, featuring Ramesh Shotham and John Crawford at Tabernacle Folk. He played with David Samuels of Spyro Gyra fame at the 606, and was with Snowboy and the latin section at the Hideaway in Streatham. Also at the Hideaway he has been working with several great singers, Nina Ferro, Brendan Reilly, Annabel Williams, Lex Cameron, Donna Gardier, Nicola Emmanuelle, Juliet Roberts, Vanessa Haynes, Vula Malinga and Emily Holligan. In July he was bugle soloist for Jonathan Willcox and the Southend Choirs in Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde at Southwark Cathedral. He has been Musical Director of a joint project between the Grand Union Orchestra and Essex and Cambridgeshire Music Services bringing world music to schools in both counties, with performances at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, and also in Harlow, and Colchester Carnival. In the Autumn he was trumpet tutor for Jason Yarde's "Bold as Brass" featuring 70 amateur horn players with a performance at the London Jazz Festival in the Royal Festival Hall. The year ended with a whole month away in India, studying and catching the 'Chennai Music Month'. While he was there he played several concerts with Jyotsna Srikanth in Delhi, Bangalore and on Kappa TV. 2014 saw Shanti studying at the Institute of Education in London for a Higher Education Teaching Certificate - it has been a fascinating course, reading about the psychology of learning, latest research on one to one and group tuition, developing curricula. As for performance, Shanti went to Colombia in January with Salsa Celtica, was blown away by the Colombian reception for the music. In London he played in several Cuban bands, MÃ´nica Vasconcelos' London Bossa Project, with a special DVD celebrating her first 20 years in London; In August he directed the first ever Grand Union Summer School, with 40 students from Essex, Cambridgeshire, London and Portugal. Source: http://www.shantijazz.com/biog_main.html
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