Musician, Composer, and Music Educator


Paul Gillespie is a tenor saxophonist, composer, and music educator who performs improvised music throughout the Seattle area as a member of the Jazz Police, PGM Trio, and Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra. Paul appears with others as a freelance musician and was honored to join Daniel Barry’s Celestial Rhythm Orchestra in a 2014 Earshot Jazz Festival performance at the Seattle Art Museum.

Paul studied music composition with his mentor William O. Smith and completed a large-scale symphonic piece Three Movements for Piano and Orchestra in 2017. Paul’s collection of works includes Wind Quintet (2011), Woodwind Trio (2012), Octet for Winds, Strings, and Percussion (2013), Variations for Orchestra(2014), and String Quartet No. 3 (2019).

Paul Gillespie is a National Board Certified Teacher and teaches instrumental music and International Baccalaureate Music in the Bellevue School District in Bellevue, WA.

Paul received a B.A. in Saxophone Performance, Jazz Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington (1999) and a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Washington, Seattle (2008).

Describe your music

String Quartet No. 3 (2019)

Three Movements for Piano and Orchestra (2017)

Saxophone Quartet (2016)

Music for Percussion and Piano (2016)

Routines (2015)

String Quartet No. 2 (2015)

Divertimento for String Quartet (2014)

Variations for Orchestra (2014)

Octet for Winds, Strings, and Percussion (2013)

Woodwind Trio (2012), Premiered at the September 2014 Seattle Composers’ Salon

Wind Quintet (2011), Premiered at the August 2012 Seattle Composers’ Salon

String Quartet No. 1 (2008)

Three Songs for Mezzo Soprano and Flute (2007)