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The Founding College of the University of Toronto
Paul Shaffer

Paul Shaffer

BA 1971 UC - 2012 Award Recipient

Band leader and television personality Paul Shaffer was the musical director of the Late Show with David Letterman until Letterman's retirement from the show. A sociology graduate, he began his career directing and playing piano in musicals, then became a band member on Saturday Night Live. Shaffer has released two solo albums and recorded with a wide variety of artists, such as B.B. King, Diana Ross, Yoko Ono, Cher and Brian Wilson. He makes frequent cameo appearances in films and has served as the spokesperson for Epilepsy Canada since 2002.