Paul Navidad is an award-winning saxophonist, pianist, composer, and arranger. A native Southern Californian, Paul has amassed a wealth of credits as a musician, vocalist, radio personality, voice-over artist, and actor.
Currently in demand as a performer and writer, Paul has performed with, recorded with, and written for many notables including American Jazz Philharmonic, Larry Antonino, Harry Babbitt, George Benson, Shelly Berg, Oscar Brashear, Alan Broadbent, Mauro Bruno, Max Carl, Billy Childs, Pete Christlieb, Buddy Collette, Steve Crum, Melvin Davis, Diana DeGarmo, Illeana Douglas, The Drifters, Tony Dumas, Teddy Edwards, Jack Elliott, Dewey Erney, Ron Eschete, Bruce Eskovitz, Mike Fahn, Perry Farrell, Wilton Felder, Sherman Ferguson, Brandon Fields, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Karen Gallinger, Tony Guererro, Deborah Harry, Isaac Hayes, Stephanie Haynes, Al Jarreau, Jane Kaczmarek, Jeff Kashiwa, Dave Koz, Tom Kubis, Roberta Linn, Joe Locke, Lisa Loeb, Joe Mantegna, Eric Marienthal, Richard Markowitz, Andy Martin, Mark Massey, Liew Matthews, Dee Dee McNeil, Don Menza, Rob Mullins, James Newton, Gary Oldman, Jerry Paul, Ralph Penland, Tom Ranier, Lou Rawls, Della Reese, Kim Richmond, Herman Riley, Dennis Rodman, Dan St. Marseille, Carl Saunders, Bud Shank, Jack Sheldon, Bob Sheppard, Bobby Shew, The Shirelles, Richard Simon, Speak Easy Spies, Dodi Stevens, Kim Stone, Ron Stout, Richard Street, Greg Vail, Bill Watrous, Ernie Watts, Doug Webb, George Wendt, Bobby White, Bradley Whitford, Albert Wing, Jack Wood, and George Wyle.
Paul's television appearances include locally 2 with You, PM Magazine, The Marta Lee Show, Soundtracs, and the KTLA Morning News, as well as nationally on The Hour of Power, Epcot's America , America , and in a commercial for CBS' The Wizard. In August of 1995, he received critical acclaim for his saxophone work in the West Coast premiere of Carole King's Tapestry.
At present, Paul leads his own big band, jazz quartet, and fusion band (the Slaw Dawgz), as well as playing in many other local groups. Since 2000, he has been a member of the faculty of Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa , California , where he teaches music theory and directs the jazz ensembles. He was recently appointed the college's full-time Director of Jazz and Commercial Studies. Paul's recording credits of note include Lou Rawls' final album Lou Rawls: Christmas, Buena Vista Records' A World of Happiness, the soundtrack to NBC's emmy-nominated sitcom Friends, the Playboy Channel's Stripsearch: Minneapolis , and the soundtrack to the feature film The 100 Mile Rule. Upcoming projects include CD's by rock and R&B band UnTamed World, singer/songwriter Nick d'Egidio, as well as his own solo project.
"A spin around King's songbook affords musicians quite a gamut of pop styles, with diverse standards such as 'Jazzman,' which gets a nice solo from sax player Paul Navidad."
-Jeff Rubio, The Orange County Register