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Saturday August 31, 2024

11:30 AM - 4:00 pm

12:30 PM (Doors 11:30 AM)
2:30 PM (Doors 2:00 PM)

Paul West
Bassist, Paul E. West was born January 28, 1934 in Harlem, New York. He began his studies in violin at the age of six, studying with Albert Polnarioff until the age of nineteen. He was a graduate of the High School of Music and Art in New York City, and of Wagner College in Staten Island, New York, where he received his B.A. in music. In 1954 he changed his instrument from Violin to Bass Violin.

During his career in music, Paul has been internationally known for his accomplishments as a classical and jazz musician, conductor, arranger, arts administrator and educator.

As a Jazz Musician he has performed with prominent jazz artist, including: Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Carmen McRae, Johnny Mathis, Billy Eckstine, Billy Taylor, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Milt Jackson Quartet, Chris Conner, Peggy Lee, Petula Clark, Charles Aznavour, Kenny Barron Duo/Trio, Randy Weston, Joe Williams, Tommy Flanagan Trio, Sir Roland Hanna Duo/Trio, Barry Harris Quintet, Carol Sloan, Abby Lincoln, Heath Brothers Quartet, Junior Mance Trio.

Bethune Big Band
Charles Lonny West was the director of the Bethune Senior Center located on 157th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Harlem from 1973 until 2003. He became aware that there were some men who frequently attended the center, having lunch, shooting pool and just hanging out, who were retired jazz musicians who played with jazz and swing bands in the 20’s through the 50’s, The Big Band Era. Lonny West got these men together and organized and developed the Bethune Big Band. Over time, the band performed at many senior centers across the New York City area. Lonny appointed his brother, Paul, a well-known jazz musician, to conduct the Bethune Big Band from 2003 to the present. Lonny passed away on June 3, 2018. His brother continues to keep the band playing as a tribute to its founder, Charles Lonny West.

We urge you to come out, bring a friend and experience the music and legacy of the Bethune Big Band.

Saturday August 31, 2024

11:30 am - 4:00 pm

All Ages

Cover: TBD




New York, Paul West and Bethune Big Band


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