Paul Paternoster, Tenor Saxophone
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Paul moved to East Islip (Long Island, the home of "Boomer" Esiason) at an early age. Music became a big part of his high school life as he played saxophone, bassoon and clarinet in the marching band, concert band, orchestra, pit bands for musicals (Mame, Sound of Music, Music Man) as well as his favorite band, the Jazz Ensemble. After high school he became more serious about jazz and started out in Boston with the MIT Concert Jazz Band where former Woody Herman band trumpeter Everett Longstreth directed and gave him a chance to exercise his chops as a soloist.
While a senior at college he became active at the Boston Conservatory of Music as a member of the Boston Conservatory of Music Jazz Band in addition to playing in musicals (Guys and Dolls) and in background bands for student recitals. It was at this time that Paul also gained a partial scholarship through the Berklee School of Music to study with saxophonist and Blue Note recording artist Jerry Bergonzi (alumnus of the Dave Brubeck Quartet).
After he received his B.S.E.E. in 1988 from MIT, Paul joined Digital Equipment Corporation where he had the good fortune of making many musical contacts. While in Boston, he played in the DEC Big Band, the Dave Rasmussen Jazz Orchestra (New Hampshire-based), the Ross Warner Octet and his own small group, 5 Guys With Day Jobs. Since moving to California, he has studied jazz theory with Michael Smolens, a pianist/composer in Berkeley and played with many groups including the College of San Mateo Jazz Ensemble, Cañada College, String of Pearls, The Russ Button Swing Orchestra, The Usual Suspects, The Serenaders, The Foster City Big Band, The Unicorns and, of course, Full Spectrum Jazz. Paul attended the Stanford Jazz Workshop in 1996, where he met many other jazz enthusiasts and great players.
Paul has worked as an electrical engineer mainly doing ASIC design and product engineering for mainframe and consumer electronics products (DEC – VAX9000, 3DO – IM Multiplayer, Microsoft – UltimateTV, Xbox, and Xbox360). He is currently employed at Microsoft working on Xbox360 and beyond products.
Paul and his wife Denise, along with their yellow lab "Jax" (named after Jazz Sax!) live in Los Altos. They are active in their local church, St. Nicholas, as part of the RCIA team, and Paul participates in music ministry there as well. After turning the big '4-0' Paul decided to forgo the black eyes and sprained ankles of playing hockey, but still remains a huge San José Sharks fan.
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