Paris Rutherford


Paris Rutherford is widely considered one of the top vocal jazz arrangers today. His arrangements focus carefully on sing-ability, both in the lyric and in voice leading, and are crafted to bring an unusual touch to the music. A member of ASCAP, he is published by Alfred Music, Hal Leonard Corporation, Sound Music Publications, and UNC Jazz Press. A Regents Professor Emeritus from the University of North Texas, Rutherford served on the jazz studies faculty and directed the award-winning UNT Jazz Singers, the North Texas Summer Vocal Jazz Workshops, and the comprehensive programs in jazz arranging and composition. With extensive experience in film and broadcast music, his writing includes vocal groups, choirs, big band, and symphony orchestra, as well as advertising music and film scores around the world.