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Paul Glasse

Paul Glasse is a former National Mandolin Champion, known internationally as both a featured artist and a sideman. He has performed and recorded with a remarkable range of artists including: Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Shawn Colvin, Joe Ely, Allison Krause, Mark O'Connor, Jerry Douglas, and members of the Texas Playboys.

Paul has appeared on the Tonight Show and Austin City Limits. He has been profiled in Downbeat Magazine and selected by Texas Monthly as one of the 100 musicians "most essential to the Austin music scene." Paul has toured throughout Europe and appeared in U.S. venues as diverse as Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center, Chicago's Grant Park and Austin's Broken Spoke. He has been inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame and is a much sought after teacher at music camps and workshops throughout the U.S.“…nimble fingered, breathtaking work on acoustic and electric mandolins.”
Hilarie Grey - Jazz Times

“Paul Glasse matches an overwhelming technical mastery with a familiarity with jazz unparalleled among mandolin players — jazz never sounded more natural on the mandolin (nor has is swung more). Another product of the seemingly incredible Austin music scene.”
Elderly Instruments


“Here’s Glasse, even better…playing music that has the traditional spaciousness of southwest jazz…the drive, risk and surprise of bebop. On his staccato instrument, Glasse is legato and fluid, with a rich fund of harmonic resources.”
Doug Ramsey - Jazz Times


“Glasse is one of the best five-string electric mandolinists on the planet.”
Daily Texan


“…magnificent master of the mandolin…”
Austin Chronicle


“…a world class mandolinist….”  Houston Chronicle


“…Paul Glasse was creating subtle, sophisticated and driving bebop on his mandolin, an instrument that has approximately as much currency in jazz as the viola da gamba and the sackbut.”  Doug Ramsey


“Paul Glasse, Austin’s resident mandolin ace, is one of the best in the business…his music is usually an eclectic mix of stylistic surprises”  Austin American Statesman


“Glasse is a virtuoso on the mandolin.”  Daily Texan


“Glasse…demonstrates a wide-ranging musical vision which is limited only by the bounds of imagination.” Hilarie Grey - Jazz Times


“The results of Glasse’s work as a mand scientist of music are on an album called simply Paul Glasse. Glasse, in addition to being a virtuoso on his instrument, is an excellent composer whose tunes are distinguished by melodic grace, harmonic warmth and intelligence…. Aside from its sheer value as music, this album offers yet another refutation of that periodic lament, “Jazz is dying’…. [Jazz] keeps renewing itself in unexpected places and in unexpected ways. This is one of them.” Gene Lees - Jazzletter
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