Paul McCandless

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Paul McCandless
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English: Paul McCandless, Concert with Oregon, Treibhaus Innsbruck 2010
Born (1947-03-24) March 24, 1947 (age 68)
Indiana, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Composer, record producer, artist
Years active 1970–present
Musical career
Genres Jazz, New-age
Instruments oboe, English horn, soprano saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and sopranino saxophone
Labels Atlantic, Windham Hill Records
Associated acts Oregon (band), Ralph Towner, Glen Moore, Collin Walcott, Paul Winter Consort, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, The String Cheese Incident

Paul McCandless, Jr. (born March 24, 1947, Indiana, Pennsylvania) is an American jazz woodwind player and composer. He is one of few expert jazz oboists, and also plays English horn, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet, and pennywhistle, among other instruments.

He has performed with the Paul Winter Consort and is a founding member of Oregon. In 1985 McCandless toured Europe with bassist Barre Phillips and German clarinetist Theo Jörgensmann. He has been a guest musician with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones (appearing on the 2002 album Live at the Quick) and has toured with tabla artist Sandip Burman. He also was a guest of Leftover Salmon and the String Cheese Incident multiple times in the late 1990s.

In 2014, McCandless began performing his original compositions (recorded on his solo albums) with the Bay-Area based jazz trio Charged Particles[1], including opening the 2015 San Luis Obispo Jazz Festival with them on the main stage.[2].

McCandless comes from a musical family: his father, also named Paul McCandless, was also an oboist and English hornist, and his grandfather also played the oboe.

Grammy Awards[edit]

Nominations (personally):

  • CD “Oregon In Moscow”, 2001, Best Instrumental Composition
  • CD “Oregon In Moscow”, 2001, Best Instrumental Arrangement
  • CD Oregon “1000 kilometers”, 2009, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo


Solo Projects

With Paul Winter Consort

With Oregon

on Vanguard

  • Our First Record (recorded 1970, first released 1980)
  • Music of Another Present Era (1972)
  • Distant Hills (1973)
  • Winter Light (1974)
  • In Concert (1975)
  • Together (1976), with drummer Elvin Jones
  • Friends (1977)
  • Violin (1978), with violinist Zbigniew Seifert
  • Moon and Mind (1979)

on Elektra

  • Out of the Woods (1978)
  • Roots in the Sky (1979)
  • In Performance (1980)

on ECM

on Intuition

  • 45th Parallel (1989)
  • Always, Never and Forever (1991)
  • Troika (1993)
  • Beyond Words (1995)
  • Northwest Passage (1997)
  • Music for a Midsummer Night's Dream (The Oregon Trio) (1998)
  • In Moscow (2000), with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra
  • Live at Yoshi's (2002)

on CamJazz

  • Prime (2005)
  • The Glide (1 track, new version on iTunes, 2005)
  • 1000 Kilometers (2007)
  • In Stride (2010)
  • Family Tree (2012)

With Paul Winter

With Fred Simon and Steve Rodby

With Art Lande

With Eberhard Weber

With Ralph Towner

With Béla Fleck

With Béla Fleck and the Flecktones

With Spencer Brewer

With Andrea Pellegrini

  • Middle Earth (& Ensemble Ainulindalë. Symphonia Bluesmiles, SYB99904, 2000)
  • West Coast (& West Coast Quintet / Marco Cattani. Il Poderino della Gioiosa, 2014)

With Comotion


  • Gioia, Tedd (2011). "The History of Jazz". Oxford University Press, Editor. Chapter 8 "Freedom and Fusion". ISBN 0195399706
  • "Oregon" in "Dizionario della Musica e dei Musicisti, La Garzantina" (1983-2003). Garzanti, Editor, Milano (Italy). ISBN 88-11-50484-8

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