Paul Carlon (Musical Director, Composer, Arranger, Instrumentalist) has been active in the New York City and world-wide jazz and Latin jazz scenes for over fifteen years performing with Phil Woods, Giovanni Hidalgo, Steve Turre, Harvie S, Ileana Santamaría and Cuban star Juan Pablo Torres; in addition to writing music for several films including the prize winning documentary "On Hallowed Ground."

His long time collaboration with Max Pollak includes RumbaTap, Grupo Los Santos and The Paul Carlon Octet - recipient of the 2006 NY State Music Fund Grant for the 'Sabor Latino' project featuring Carlon's original compositions offered by teaching artists as units of study in New York State school districts.

The Octet's 2008 release Roots Propaganda received repeated airplay on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, was chosen as a Global Hit on PRI's program The World, made Jazz Improv Magazine's Best of 2008 list, and was nominated as 2008 Large Ensemble Album of theYear by the Latin Jazz Corner. Paul is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Music Composition from The City College of New York.