Paul Shaffer

Musical director, Late Show with David Letterman

Paul Shaffer

Paul Shaffer
Musical director, Late Show with David Letterman

Paul Shaffer has been David Letterman's musical director and sidekick for over 27 years. He began his career in 1972 as musical director of the Toronto production of Godspell. He played piano in The Magic Show on Broadway in 1974, and then spent the next five years with the original Saturday Night Live band.

In addition to recording his own albums, Grammy Award-recipient Shaffer has recorded with diverse artists, composed numerous songs and number one hits and produced several successful albums.

Shaffer has served as musical director and producer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony since its inception in 1986 and has lent his talents to other notable musical events including Live Aid, CBS's New Year's Eve special, the 1996 Olympic Games, among others

Shaffer holds two honorary doctorate degrees, was inducted into the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame, and was recently awarded a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.

In 2008, Paul received the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honor. He is currently the National Spokesperson for Epilepsy Canada. Paul lives in the New York area with his wife and two children.