December 10, 2018Wynton Marsalis and Jazz At Lincoln Centre Orchestra take the Barbican by storm
"...the delicious Ellington blues number Blue Reverie had beautifully eloquent solos from soprano saxophonist Walter Blanding and baritonist Paul Nedzela, which echoed the immortal ones from Johnny Hodges and Harry Carney." - Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph
October 19, 2018Review of Una Noche con Rubén Blades
"The recording could well have been dedicated to the great baritone saxophonist and bass clarinetist Joe Temperley, missing at the time of this performance and listed but not on the recording, who passed away not long ago. His big boots and empty chair was ably filled by Paul Nedzela, who solos magnificently on “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love"... - Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz New York
April 12, 2018"Bari" tone to die for
"Blanding arranged... 'Ask Me Now' ... perfectly for the Lincoln Center band, and baritone saxophonist Paul Nedzela soloed magnificently with a "bari" tone to die for." - VICTOR L. SCHERMER, All About Jazz
February 28, 2017On a Grammy Winning Album!
I'm very happy to share that Ted Nash's album The Presidential Suite has won a Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble. It's an ambitious work that I'm proud to be a part of. Thank you Ted, and Congratulations!
February 26, 2016Swing Swymphony Review
"Slapstick percussion and whistles invoked the party that was the 1920s, the decade\'s other side conjured by a voluptuous baritone saxophone feature (Paul Nedzela)..." - John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald
July 31, 2014With the JLCO in London
"Elsewhere, a stunning reading of McCoy Tyner’s ballad “Search for Peace", studded with Paul Nedzela’s lyrical baritone sax momentarily mellowed the mood around the hall ..." Mark Youll
June 27, 2014Review with the JLCO in Edinburgh
"Another high-point was Paul Nedzela’s soft-toned baritone saxophone playing, featured on McCoy Tyner’s ballad Search for Peace. Nedzela’s warm lines were punctuated by stirring brass interludes that would have been at home in a film noir soundtrack." - David Graves
March 13, 2014Alabama
"The highlight of the performance came during the rendition of John Coltrane’s song “Alabama." Marsalis provided the importance of the song, explaining that Coltrane had composed “Alabama" in response to a 1963 bombing of a Baptist Church that was orchestrated by the Ku Klux Klan.
Saxophonist Paul Nedzela led the Coltrane song and was able to successfully deliver a deep blues sound, which beautifully captured the emotional turmoil of the event through his notes."
- Michael Quiring, The Orion
October 10, 2013Interview with JazzBariSax.com
I was recently asked to do an interview for JazzBariSax.com For those curious, here is a link to it.
March 14, 2013Review Playing with The JLCO Feb. 10, 2013
"There was a bit of 'A Star is Born' going on here as way on the left on baritone sax was a very young looking player who up to this point was the only one who had not soloed. This was Paul Nedzela who was subbing for the great Joe Temperley ... He finally got his chance and played the lovely Gerry Mulligan tune 'Lonesome Boulevard' backed just by piano, bass and drums. He brought the house down with his sensitive portrayal of loneliness with that big, breathy instrument." - Jeffrey Rossman, CVNC
March 13, 2013Review with The JLCO March 12, 2013
"Then there’s the front line of saxophones, with ... a rising star, Paul Nedzela on baritone ... Paul Nedzela and Dan Nimmer teamed up for a gorgeous version of 'Lonesome Boulevard.' It is impossible to duplicate Mulligan’s lithe, almost effortless handling of the bari sax, but Nedzela did a splendid job of being reminiscent of the style without resorting to mimickry. The crowd was captivated by this extended performance, and rewarded him with a sustained ovation." - Michael Katz, The International Review of Music
March 12, 2013Review Playing with The JLCO March 12, 2013
"Baritone Saxophone player Paul Nedzela, celebrating his birthday, gave a lilting, light and fluid performance of Gerry Mulligan’s 'Lonesome Boulevard.'" - Jesse David Corti, Los Angeles Music Review
March 11, 2013Review Playing with The JLCO Feb. 1, 2013
"Marsalis slowed down things on another Gerry Mulligan song 'Lonesome Boulevard,' featuring some state-of-the-art blowing by baritone saxophone player Paul Nedzela." - Charles L. Latimer, I Dig Jazz
February 01, 2013Review Playing with the JLCO
"Because of his name and the prestige of JLCO, Marsalis has always been able to attract some of the genre’s top players ...
The poignant 'Lonesome Boulevard,' another Mulligan tune, arranged by and featuring Paul Nedzela on baritone saxophone. Masterfully played."
- Roger Lelievre
March 27, 2011Spirit of Duke in the Air
" ... 'Brahams Lullaby' was another inventive opus ... with a wonderful baritone saxophone solo by Paul Nedzela. Nedzela, who earned a Masters Degree from Julliard last year ... has a huge and beautiful tone on the big horn. Like Ellington's Harry Carney, ... Nedzela is really the player who gives this band its bottom and holds it together."
By Bruce H.Klauber, Special to the Daily News
Monday, January 26, 2009