With Paton's musical spirit kindled at a young age, he quickly developed an advanced knowledge of music. His skills developed so rapidly that as early as his junior year of high school, he was recognized by the organizers of the San Clemente Jazz Festival as "Top Soloist."
Ever the "multi-instrumentalist", Paton's proficiency extends beyond the saxophones, into the realm of the electric bass guitar, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, guitar, keyboards and even, oboe and piccolo - where he demonstrates not only a working appreciation of these instruments - but rather a patented intimacy.
In addition to his obvious technical prowess, Paton also displays a deft hand for composing. Although his compositional abilities are thought to just now be emerging, his original works are already known to reflect a supreme knowledge and affinity for modern jazz and its myriad derivations.
Paton's musical ambitions, born on the sunny coast of Southern California, migrated to the rich and storied streets of Brooklyn for 5 years. Paton proved himself a serious presence with appearances at over thirty of New York City's most respected venues, including Iridium Jazz Club, Gramercy Theater, The Bitter End, Knitting Factory, Rockwood Music Hall and Miles' Cafe. Paton has also appeared in the pit for the theater productions Urinetown, Songs for a New World, House of Bernarda Alba, Seussical, Kiss Me Kate and Bye Bye Birdie.
Now grounded back in Southern California, Paton is continuing to evolve his talents as a freelancer with a variety of musical groups.