Paul Shapiro, saxophonist, bandleader and composer is best known for his critically acclaimed recordings on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. The Wall Street Journal wrote, “Mr. Shapiro’s Midnight Minyan is a brilliant synthesis of klezmer and hard bop.” Of It’s in the Twilight The New York Times wrote “Mr. Shapiro transforms the ritual of a Friday night shabbat service into a rollicking downtown jam.” About Essen, featuring Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue, Straight No Chaser wrote, “Hard blowing, finger-snapping, klezmer-inflected jazz and wailing big city blues that suddenly slips into Yiddish.” About Shofarot Verses All About Jazz wrote, “Saxophonist Paul Shapiro is one of the few who succeeded in blending organic soul and R&B with the Jewish tradition in a highly original, convincing manner.” In 2004 Shapiro was commissioned by the Museum of Jewish Heritage to compose a score to accompany the 1925 silent film His People. It has since been performed at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland and at festivals in San Francisco, Denver, San Diego and New York. He also wrote the score to the award winning film Watermelon Woman. Shapiro emerged in the1980’s leading his own avant funk band Foreign Legion, which was featured on the lp This is the Funk along with Defunkt and others. He was a long-time member of the Microscopic Septet and a founding member of Brooklyn Funk Essentials. In 1991 Shapiro’s song-length flute solo graced the international dance music classic Frankie Knuckles’ Whistle Song. He has also recorded with Lou Reed, David Byrne, Jay-Z, Queen Latifah, Michael Jackson among others, and toured with Ofra Haza. Shapiro performs on saxophone, clarinet, flute and vocals. Education: BA McGill University, Montreal, Canada.