- Paul Dunlea – Trombone
- Nick Roth – Saxophones
- Danny Healy – Trumpet/Flugelhorn
- Eoin Walsh – Bass
- Davie Ryan – Drums
- Phillip Collins – Keys
- Joe O’ Callaghan – Guitar
Formed in 2011 by Cork Trombonist/Composer Paul Dunlea as a creative outlet for his own composititions – The Paul Dunlea Group – utilizes some of Ireland’s finest improvising musicians to produce melodic and groove driven music fusing influences of Jazz harmony, pop, funk and R&B. The groups recently released it’s debut album ‘bi-polAr’ to critical acclaim.
“Ireland’s jazz scene … (is) producing players and writers of undoubted talent. On the evidence of bi-polAr, trombonist Paul Dunlea can be added to that growing roster, especially for lovers of the funkier end of the jazz spectrum.” Bruce, Lindsay, All About Jazz
Paul started playing the trombone at the age of 11 with the Barrack Street band, a local concert band in Cork. Then joined the Defence Forces School of Music where he has have been working as principle trombone player in the Band of the First Southern Brigade, Cork for the past 12 years. During this time he has toured with the band to Canada, England, Belgium, and France.
Paul has become one of the most in demand trombone players on the Irish scene, playing and recording with big bands and jazz combos including the Cork City Jazz Band, Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Hothouse Bigband (Dublin),Opus Pocus Big Band Waterford and The Bones of Cork. Sharing the stage with the likes of Bobby Watson, Rick Margitza, John Riley, Marshall Gilkes, Kyle Eastwood and Anders Bercrantz. Paul has also performed and toured with original artists including Fred, The Hard Ground, Avatar, The Frank and Walters and Mick Flannery.
Aside from the performing Paul is also a busy writer/arranger having recently written and arranged for Mick Flannery’s Number 1 album “Red To Blue” on EMI Records. One of Paul’s own compositions “Slightly” will also feature on an album soon to be released by the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra.