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Viewing music through a wide-angle lens, Paul Hemmings utilizes the unassuming ukulele to fuse together elements of modern jazz, free improvisation, and American roots music.  His proclivity for crossing musical boundaries led All About Jazz to write, "Hemmings' mixture of cultures, influences, and genres, exploring the edges of harmony and rhythm, is remarkably fresh and a complete success."  Paul has released six albums on Leading Tone Records, including critically acclaimed recordings with saxophonists John Tchicai and Eric Alexander. His latest album, The Blues And The Abstract Uke, features Gaku Takanashi, Rudy Royston, Greg Tardy, and Curtis Fowlkes. The album earned a four-star review from Down Beat magazine and a place in the CMJ Jazz Charts’ Top 100.   Paul lives in New York City where he has been a faculty member at the Third Street Music School Settlement, the nation's oldest community music school, since 2001.