Academic Staff Directory

Paul Westwood

Paul Westwood

Hourly Paid Lecturer
Academic school:
Job title:
Hourly Paid Lecturer
Professional organisations:
Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS)
Musicians’ Union
Performing Rights Society (PRS)
Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL)
Musical education

National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Guildhall School of Music, (James Merritt; principal bass London Philharmonic Orchestra), Royal Academy of Music (John Dankworth, Graham Collier).

Performance: Commercial recording and studio work (1968 to date)


Alan Parker, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Andy Williams, Barbara Thompson, Chas Jankel, Cliff Richard, David Bowie, Elkie Brooks, Elton John, George Martin, George Michael, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Guy Barker, Hot Chocolate, Jennifer Rush, John Miles, John Williams, Jose Carreras, Juan Martin, Justin Haywood, Larry Coryell, Larry Gatlin, Leiber & Stoller, London Symphony Orchestra, Madonna, National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Nik Kershaw, Peter Green, Phil Ramone, Pip Williams, Rod Stewart, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Salena Jones, Sally Oldfield, Stephen Bishop, Steve Gadd, The Shadows, Tim Rice, Vangelis, Wayne Shorter, Warren Bernhardt.


Debbie Wiseman, Hans Zimmer, Henry Mancini, John Altman, John Barry, Mark Wilkinson, Michel Le Grand, Paul McCartney, Peter Knight, The Sex Pistols, Trevor Jones.

TV shows

Al Jarreau, Alyn Ainsworth Orchestra, Barry Manilow, Barry White. Chuck Berry, Dionne Warwick, George Benson, Glen Campbell, Gloria Estefan, James Galway, Janet Jackson, Joe Cocker, John Coleman Orchestra, LeAnn Rimes, Luciano Pavarotti, Neil Sedaka, Randy Crawford, Tammy Wynette, The Pointer Sisters, The Stylistics, The Temptations, Tom Jones.

International tours and concerts

Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia, Charles Aznavour, Cleo Laine, Cliff Richard, Elkie Brooks, John Dankworth, Jose Carreras, Liza Minelli, Lulu, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

London stage shows

Cats, Chess, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Whistle Down the Wind.

Composition: (1980 to date)


16 albums (signature tunes, incidental music, advertising jingles) for various groups and orchestras (KPM Ltd, De Wolfe Ltd, ITV, BBC, Sky).
8 albums for World Music group BASSO CONTINUO.


Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (2006)


Research and scholarly output:



A-Z of Bass Guitar, Music Sales Ltd, tuition DVD (2011)
The Bass Bible, AMA Verlag, Germany, revised 3rd edition inc. Japanese & Chinese versions (2008)
The Bass Bible, AMA Verlag, Germany, revised 2nd edition (2004)
The Bassist; a series of magazine articles (2002)
The Bass Bible, AMA Verlag, Germany, bass guitar tuition book, a world history of contemporary bass lines. 1st edition in English, French and German (1997)
The Complete Bass Guitar Player, Music Sales Ltd, tuition video (1995)    

Research projects (for teaching & compositional purposes)

The music of John Coltrane
Elizabethan music for lute
Middle Eastern music for oud
Turkish maqam system
Oriental pentatonic system
Spanish Moroccan influences in Andalusian music
Middle Eastern percussion
Jazz fusion and World Music influences
Development of digital bass guitars in electronic music.