Paul Von Mertens is a Chicago-based composer/arranger and a performer on saxophone, flute, clarinet and harmonica. He has played and recorded with a variety of artists including Mavis Staples, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Stereolab, The Sea and Cake, Poi Dog Pondering, Broken Social Scene, Wilco, and Mono. He has been a member of the Brian Wilson Band since 1999 and is currently musical director.
Paul has written arrangements, orchestrations and performed for Brian Wilson's tour and Grammy-winning recording of "Smile," the Pet Sounds Tour, "Live In London," "Gettin' In Over My Head," "That Lucky Old Sun," "Wilson Reimagines Gershwin," "In The Key Of Disney," and "That's Why God Made the Radio" with Brian and The Beach Boys. Paul spent 2016 touring “Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary” worldwide, featuring performances with the Boston Pops. His arrangement of "Dvorak Re-mix Fantasy" was premiered at Orchestra Hall with Poi Dog Pondering and the Chicago Sinfonietta in 2005, and his "Carmen Remix" in 2007.
Writing credits include music for Steppenwolf Theater, the Peabody Award-winning documentary "The Lost Children of Rockdale County" and "Merchants of Cool" for Frontline, and the long-running "Workplace Essential Skills" for PBS. Paul and his wife, Cynthia Von Orthal, have created original puppet musicals "Akuba's Dream," "The Yellow Wallpaper," "A White Heron" and "Tara's Story" for their own company, Von Orthal Puppets.
What They Play
The 52nd Street saxophone is a professional instrument and comes un-lacquered for a truly vintage appearance. It is an exceptionally responsive horn in all registers and produces a big, fat sound with precise intonation. A larger bell and rolled-style tone holes contribute to the sound qualities of this instrument that many compare to some of the great vintage horns of the past. Solid construction with comfortable hand position and extras such as adjustable palm keys.
- High F# key
- Upper and lower stack adjustment screws
- Hand-engraved neck and bell
- Double-braced low C, B, and Bb keys on all models
- Metal resonators
- Adjustable metal thumb hook
- Italian leather pads
- Blue steel springs
- Aged un-lacquered brass
- Hand-hammered bell
- 52nd Street scene engraving
- Rolled-style tone holes
- CASX600 case Included