Paul Romaine
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Paul Romaine has led, recorded, or performed with countless combinations of the Denver area's best players and with internationally acclaimed artists such as Eddie Harris, Benny Golson, James Moody, Larry Coryell, Gunther Schuller, Charlie Rouse, Eddie Gomez, Anita O'Day, Jack McDuff, Marlena Shaw, Rufus Reid, and Clark Terry. Romaine's sextet, Convergence, has recorded five critically acclaimed CDs and performed at venues such as The Blue Note and The Knitting Factory as well as on NPR's Toast of the Nation and JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. Most recently, Convergence has collaborated with Christian McBride, Chris Potter, Randy Brecker, Houston Person, Bobby Watson, Roberta Gambarini, Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Rene Marie, and Jim McNeely.

During his association with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Romaine performed concerts and hosted clinics all over North America. In between gigs, he studied composition and earned a degree in recording engineering from the University of Colorado. Romaine then began serving as a mentor musician in several Denver-area school districts, where he saw a need for a new kind of jazz education program and co-founded the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. As its artistic director, he develops unique programs encouraging middle school and high school students to make music together and study with professional musicians. Romaine also teaches at Metropolitan State University and serves on the music faculty at CU-Boulder. In the spring of 2005, the U.S. Department of Education awarded him the Presidential Scholars Program Teacher Recognition Award at a ceremony in Washington D.C.