Paul Edmonds is a British jazz musician and composer. Described by Kenny Wheeler as the best trumpet player of his generation, his mellow yet virtuosic style coupled with a new approach to jazz composition earned him great respect on the London jazz scene.
Born in 1968, he grew up in the south of England. By the age of 16 he was playing with respected south coast groups. At 17 he progressed to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and in 1986 won First Prize in the International Trumpet Guild’s Jazz Improvisation Competition held at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. He then entered the Guildhall School of Music and graduated in 1989, making another appearance at Ronnie Scott’s the same year, this time with the Jean Toussaint Quintet.
In 1990 he made three appearances at Ronnie Scott’s, leading his own band for the first time and also playing with the acclaimed “Loose Tubes” collective. After another year on the London jazz scene playing with Jean Toussaint, Simon Purcell, Julian Arguelles, Cleveland Watkiss and Clark Tracey he spent some time in Australia where he worked as a composer and led his own band in Sydney.
On his return to England he led his own Quintet again at Ronnie Scott’s and as a member of the Mike Westbrook Orchestra was a featured trumpet soloist on the “Bar Utopia” album.
As a composer he has created a suite of albums which include many of his original compositions documenting his life experiences. These recordings include live performances and have been released on the Prince of Peace label. He continues to create his own unique sound and has recently recorded “Nature Boy”, an album featuring a mix of his own music and some of his favourite jazz standards, using his multi-instrumental skills to create the entire soundscape in his own studio. Some of these tracks are documented on this website with a link to Soundcloud.