Paul Donat

Paul completed university Jazz Studies on guitar in 1982 and then traveled and performed in Montreal, Vancouver, San Francisco, Mexico, Guatemala, Denmark and Brazil with Danish composer Maria Petersen. Their eight year association culminated in a weekly gig in a popular Rio de Janeiro nightclub that would last for two and a half years. While immersed in Brazilian music and culture, Paul developed a passion for Bossa Nova, Samba and Brazilian Popular Music, and dedicated himself to learning these styles on guitar and composing.

He returned to Canada in 1992 to study acoustic bass while completing his Bachelor of Arts in Music. During that time he co-founded the group “jazznsamba”. The group toured Canada twice, produced two CDs and appeared briefly in the Castlerock major motion picture “Dolores Claiborne”. Another highlight for Paul was a gig in 1997 with comedian Steve Allen (host of the original Tonight Show) and pianist Paul Smith (who played with Ella Fitzgerald for many years).

In 1999 Paul moved to Toronto to study with bassist Steve Wallace and has been actively involved in the music scene. In 2007 he released “Rio Bossa”, featuring his own Brazilian inspired compositions, which has received airplay around the world.