Saxophonist/composer Paul Hartsaw (1973) has been at the forefront of the vibrant jazz/improvisation music community in Chicago for a better part of a decade, performing and recording with a diverse cross-section of musicians such as Joe McPhee, Dominic Duval, Frank Gratkowski, Jeb Bishop, Peter Evans, Bill Brimfield, Wilbert De Joode, Damon Smith, Jerome Bryerton, William Winant, Gino Robair, Guillermo Gregorio, Marco Eneidi, Dave Rempis, Frank Rosaly, Matt Ulery, Jim Baker, Ryan Schultz, Keefe Jackson, Kyle Bruckmann, Damon Short, Weasel Walter, Carol Genetti, Phillip Greenlief, Scott Rosenberg, and Clifton Hyde among others.
Hartsaw’s main focus is in organizing the improvising ensemble’s Desiring-Machines (1997–present) and the Matter & Memory Trio (2006 – present) , leading the Paul Hartsaw Quartet/Quintet (2000 - present), as well as composing for various large ensembles including the Tentet , the SocioCybernetic Music Machine and performing in ad hoc contexts throughout the country. Paul also became a member of the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective in 2009.
Associations include the Damon Short Quintet, Kurt Hill Iselt’s Astral-Terra Trapeze Unit, Keefe Jackson’s Project Project, Scott Rosenberg’s Creative Orchestra and Big Band, and Vytis Navinskas’ Baltic Asteroids, a Lithuanian/American jazz collective which performed at the Birstonas Jazz Festival in Birstonas, Lithuania in 2004.
Paul can be heard on metastablesound, UgEXPLODE, Balance Point Acoustics, and New World Records.