The Boilermaker Jazz Band

January 13th & 14th, 2025


Paul Cosentino has been a full-time musician and bandleader for over 30 years, specializing in classic jazz and popular music from the 1920s to the 1940s. Paul plays an antique Albert System clarinet, which gives him a wonderfully distinctive sound not often heard on today’s bandstands. In addition to providing vocals, Paul also splits time on the alto and tenor saxophones. Paul has an extensive repertoire of tunes encompassing the Great American Songbook- written by some of the best-known composers of American popular song. He is also well versed in early New Orleans jazz, the Swing Era, big band riffs, and everything in between. Paul is known globally for his enthusiastic, energetic, and powerful performances.

Paul Cosentino founded the Boilermaker Jazz Band in 1988. Paul has also been featured as a soloist with many of the top bands in the swing world today, including a special appearance with the Jonathan Stout All-Star Big Band during an Artie Shaw tribute set. Paul has also been featured with Glen Crytzer’s Rhythm Makers, Michael Gambles Rhythm Serenaders, the Gordon Webster Band, Naomi and Her Handsome Devils, the Russ Wilson Swingtet, Clint Baker’s Golden Gate Swing Band, and many more. He has also led a number of All-Star groups.


Since 1988, Paul Cosentino’s Boilermaker Jazz Band has been bringing the sounds of the Jazz Age and the Swing Era back to life. You’ll hear familiar tunes and rarities performed by superb instrumentalists and heartfelt vocalists as the band interprets jazz classics and the Great American Songbook in their own unique fashion. From concert halls, festivals, and stages, to elegant soirees, weddings, and corporate events, listeners and dancers agree that the Boilermaker Jazz Band can make any crowd move with their infectious beat and enthusiasm.

The Boilermaker Jazz Band has performed at major venues coast- to- coast and around the world, including Lincoln Center, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and the Smithsonian. The band also boasts an impressive list of appearances at Festivals, Concert Series, and Swing Dance Events, including (but certainly not limited to) the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the International Lindy Hop Championships- Washington DC, Catalina Island Swing Festival- California, Canadian Swing Dance Championships- Montreal, the Edinburgh International Festival- Scotland, and the Jeju Island Swing Festival- South Korea.

Paul and the Boilermakers have recorded 14 critically acclaimed albums and have received rave reviews for their live performances. The Boilermakers have also appeared on radio shows across the country and overseas, including an NPR jazz series. The band’s music was also featured on the hit Fox TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”.

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