12 February 1910 (although 1909 and 1912 have also been cited), Birmingham, Alabama, USA, d. 2 December 1986, Chicago, Illinois, USA. One of three musical brothers - Arthur (piano) and Dud Bascomb (trumpet) - Paul played tenor saxophone with the Bama State Collegians, which later became the Erskine Hawkins band. Bascomb stayed with Hawkins for several years although he occasionally had outside jobs, including deputizing in the Count Basie band in 1941. He left Hawkins in 1944 to co-lead various bands with his brother Dud. In the 50s and 60s Bascomb led his own groups in Chicago and New York. He continued playing into the 70s and 80s, including visits to European festivals.