Trombone | Bass Trombone  
Composer | Arranger | Educator



Paul Nelson is an active trombonist, composer, arranger, and music educator in the Los Angeles area. Paul has appeared on dozens of indie, rock, and funk records as trombonist, bass trombonist and arranger, and has performed with bands and orchestras around the Atlanta, Athens, Nashville and Los Angeles areas. In his time in Georgia, he managed and composed for Athens-based band Misnomer, an eclectic, ten-piece collective performing original music in modern jazz and funk styles.

Currently, Paul leads the jazz band at Burbank High School and maintains a private studio of low brass musicians and aspiring music producers. He has shared the stage with bands and leaders such as Bob Mintzer Big Band, Bill Holman Big Band, Santa Monica Symphony, Patrice Rushen, Futurebirds and Band of Horses. In 2020, Futurebirds album 'Teamwork,' a record which Paul arranged the horn arrangements, was nominated by Downbeat Magazine as one of the best albums of 2020 and mentioned by Rolling Stone Magazine for its 'psychedelia and twang.'  

Most recently, Paul has appeared on commercial recordings, singles, and albums by the likes of Shea Diamond, Billy Porter, Olivia Morreale, Chris Norton and more. Additionally, Paul leads his own creative project, 'Paul Nelson's Big Ol' Band,' a 17-piece orchestra featuring original music and arrangements and incorporating modern sounds with electronics and more. 

Love Theme from Spartacus
Mario Kart 8 Main Theme #collabcover
Paul Nelson's Big Ol' Band - 'Well You Needn't' Live at The Mint
Paul Nelson's Big Ol' Band - 'Stompin' at the Savoy' Live at The Mint
FN Big Band - Provident
Shea Diamond - Smile (Official Music Video)
Gaslight - FN Big Band


  • John Daversa Progressive Big Band @ Baked Potato
    Dec 03, 8:00 PM
    The Baked Potato, 3787 Cahuenga Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
    Tickets at door or online: https://www.thebakedpotato.com/events/john-daversa-progressive-big-band-saturday-december-3-2022/
  • Marlonius Jazz Orchestra @ GRAMMY Museum
    Dec 07, 7:30 PM
    Los Angeles, 800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
    Tickets: https://www.universe.com/events/an-evening-with-marlonius-jazz-orchestra-tickets-W0YK82
  • Bret McKenzie @ The Fonda
    Mon, Nov 14
    Los Angeles
    Nov 14, 7:00 PM
    Los Angeles, 6126 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
    Tickets: https://www.axs.com/events/434071/bret-mckenzie-tickets?skin=thefonda