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Paul Winter (born August 31, 1939) is an American saxophonist who founded the Paul Winter Consort. He has recorded more than 40 albums and won seven Grammy Awards. He has toured and recorded in 52 countries and six continents. He often records while traveling in wilderness areas, including on rafts, mules, dog sleds, horses, kayaks, sailboats, steamers, tug-boats, and Land Rovers. He performs benefit concerts for environmental and world peace organizations.

Paul Winter
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Clearwater Festival, 2007
Background information
Born (1939-08-31) August 31, 1939 (age 79)
Altoona, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresJazz, new-age
Years active1961–present
LabelsColumbia, A&M, Epic, Living Music
Associated actsPaul Winter Consort, Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble, Oregon



Paul Winter attended Altoona Area High School and graduated in 1957. In 1961, while he was in college at Northwestern University, the band that he founded, the Paul Winter Sextet won the Intercollegiate Jazz Festival and was signed by Columbia Records. The next year, the band toured Latin America as cultural ambassadors for the United States State Department, playing 160 concerts in 23 countries. The Sextet was also the first jazz band to perform at the White House. Winter returned to Brazil in the mid-1960s and his interest in Brazilian music and the emerging bossa nova led to the 1965 release of the album Rio, with liner notes by Vinicius de Moraes.

After Winter's band changed its name to the Paul Winter Consort in the late 1960s, it contributed to the development of world music and space music. The Consort's 1972 release, Icarus, was produced by George Martin. Most of the musicians who worked on this album went on to form the jazz group Oregon. The Consort has continued over the years with different musicians.

In 1975, Winter sailed aboard the Greenpeace V anti-whaling expedition for three days of playing saxophone to wild gray whales off the coast of Vancouver Island (Tofino). He was accompanied in this effort by Melville Gregory and Will Jackson, musicians attempting to "communicate" with the whales using various instruments and a Serge synthesizer.[1] Photos of Winter and the whales [by Rex Weyler] appeared on wire services and in media around the world, helping the ultimate success of the mission against Soviet whalers.

In 1978 Winter released "Common Ground" an album that combined his music and animal sounds (Wolves, Eagles, Whales) and ushered in what became known as "New Age" music.


Winter received a Global 500 Award from the United Nations, the Joseph Wood Krutch Medal from the United States Humane Society, the Peace Abbey's Courage of Conscience Award, the Spirit of the City Award presented at New York's Cathedral of St John the Divine, and an honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Hartford.



Title Year Label
Jazz Meets the Bossa Nova 1962 Columbia
The Sound of Ipanema 1964 Columbia
Rio 1965 Columbia
Common Ground 1978 A&M
Callings 1980 Living Music
Missa Gaia/Earth Mass 1982 Living Music
Sun Singer 1983 Living Music
Canyon 1985 Living Music
Wintersong 1986 Living Music
Whales Alive 1987 Living Music
Earthbeat 1987 Living Music
Earth: Voices of a Planet 1990 Living Music
Solstice Live! 1993 Living Music
Prayer for the Wild Things 1994 Living Music
Canyon Lullaby 1997 Living Music
Brazilian Days 1998 Living Music
Celtic Solstice 1999 Living Music
Journey with the Sun 2000 Living Music

Paul Winter ConsortEdit

Title Year Label
The Winter Consort 1968 A&M
Something in the Wind 1969 A&M
Road 1970 A&M
Icarus 1972 Epic
Earthdance 1977 A&M
Concert for the Earth 1985 Living Music
Wolf Eyes (compilation) 1989 Living Music
The Man Who Planted Trees 1990 Living Music
Turtle Island 1991 Living Music
Spanish Angel 1993 Living Music
Anthems (compilation) 1998 Living Music
Silver Solstice 2005 Living Music
Crestone 2007 Living Music
Miho: Journey to the Mountain 2010 Living Music
Earth Music 2011 Living Music

Paul Winter SextetEdit

Title Year Label
The Paul Winter Sextet 1961 Columbia
Jazz Meets the Bossa Nova 1962 Columbia
Jazz Premiere: Washington 1963 Columbia
New Jazz on Campus 1963 Columbia
Jazz Meets the Folk Song 1963 Columbia


  1. ^ "Earth Music". Paul Winter. September 24, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2018.

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