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Tad Shull is a tenor saxophonist, composer and bandleader with a number of records on Criss-Cross Jazz. His style combines the lush tone quality of the classic tenor saxophonists with the risk-taking harmonic approach of hard bop and beyond.

After studying with David Liebman and Joseph Allard, Shull worked with the Widespread Depression Jazz Orchestra and the Smithsonian Jazz Repertory Ensemble. More recently he has fronted his own quartets. He has performed with Cab Calloway, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Eddie Higgins, Milt Hinton, Dave McKenna, Melvin Rhyne, and many others.

Recordings under Tad Shull’s name on the Criss Cross label include “Deep Passion” and “In the Land of the Tenor.” He has two discs with the Tenor Triangle, featuring Ralph Lalama, Eric Alexander, and Tad Shull with the Melvin Rhyne Trio: “Tell It Like It Is ” and “Aztec Blues,” for which Shull composed the title cut. He also teamed with tenor saxophonist Mark Turner for “Two Tenor Ballads” and appeared as a special guest on Mel Rhyne’s “Tomorrow Yesterday Today.”

Tad Shull is a branding and fundraising communications consultant and trainer. He served as Development and Communications Director for the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University for many years, and now has his own practice as an independent consultant.