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PAUL NELSON

Trombone | Bass Trombone | Contrabass Trombone 
Composer | Arranger  
Educator

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Paul Nelson is an active trombonist, composer, arranger, and music educator in the Los Angeles area. Paul has appeared on dozens of recordings and albums for TV, film, and commercial records for groups and artists around the country. His musical career began in Athens, Georgia, where he began arranging and recording for local groups and Atlanta artists of various genres. Additionally, he managed and composed for Athens-based band Misnomer, an eclectic, ten-piece collective performing original music in modern funk styles.

Currently, Paul leads his own creative project, 'Paul Nelson's Big Ol' Band,' a 17-piece orchestra featuring original music and arrangements. He also composes for a small group 'Paul Nelson and Friends.' As an educator, Paul leads the big 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, Dave Slonaker Big Band, Bill Holman, John Daversa, Ebi, the Santa Monica Symphony, Patrice Rushen, Futurebirds and Bret McKenzie. In 2020, Futurebirds album 'Teamwork,' a record in 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, television shows, singles, and albums by the likes of Ringo Starr, Troy Laureta, Shea Diamond, Billy Porter, Paramount's 'Rise of the Pink Ladies,' and more. 

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  • Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra @ Wilshire Ebell Theater
    Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra @ Wilshire Ebell Theater
    Tue, Jul 16
    The Ebell of Los Angeles
    Jul 16, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    The Ebell of Los Angeles, 4401 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005, USA
    Jul 16, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    The Ebell of Los Angeles, 4401 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005, USA
    FREE. More info at https://ebellofla.org/event/afro-peruvian-jazz-orchestra/
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  • Marlonius Jazz Orchestra w/ Mara Kaye @ Sam First
    Marlonius Jazz Orchestra w/ Mara Kaye @ Sam First
    Thu, Jul 18
    Sam First Bar
    Jul 18, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Sam First Bar, 6171 W Century Blvd #180, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA
    Jul 18, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Sam First Bar, 6171 W Century Blvd #180, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA
    More info at https://www.samfirstbar.com/events/marlon-martinez-marlonius-jazz-orchestra-featuring-mara-kaye
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  • Douglas Roegiers 'Tribute to Frank Sinatra' @ Cicada Club
    Douglas Roegiers 'Tribute to Frank Sinatra' @ Cicada Club
    Fri, Jul 26
    Cicada Club
    Jul 26, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Cicada Club, 617 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
    Jul 26, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Cicada Club, 617 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
    Reserve table and tickets at https://cicadatickets.com/show.asp?id=21571
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  • Douglas Roegiers 'Tribute to Frank Sinatra' @ Cicada Club
    Douglas Roegiers 'Tribute to Frank Sinatra' @ Cicada Club
    Sat, Jul 27
    Cicada Club
    Jul 27, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Cicada Club, 617 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
    Jul 27, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Cicada Club, 617 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
    More info and tickets at https://cicadatickets.com/show.asp?id=21569
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  • Buddy Rich Big Band @ Vibrato Grill and Jazz
    Buddy Rich Big Band @ Vibrato Grill and Jazz
    Wed, Aug 07
    Vibrato Grill and Jazz
    Aug 07, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Vibrato Grill and Jazz, 2930 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA
    Aug 07, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Vibrato Grill and Jazz, 2930 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA
    More info at https://www.vibratogrilljazz.com/music
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  • World Cinematic Jazz & Dance: The Benny Rietveld Band with Pacific Ballet @ Alex Theatre
    World Cinematic Jazz & Dance: The Benny Rietveld Band with Pacific Ballet @ Alex Theatre
    Sun, Sep 15
    Alex Theatre
    Sep 15, 2024, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Alex Theatre, 216 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203, USA
    Sep 15, 2024, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Alex Theatre, 216 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203, USA
    Tickets at https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B0060C6C6F72110
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  • Benny Rietveld's Orchestra @ The Baked Potato
    Benny Rietveld's Orchestra @ The Baked Potato
    Sun, Jul 07
    The Baked Potato
    Jul 07, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    The Baked Potato, 3787 Cahuenga Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
    Jul 07, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    The Baked Potato, 3787 Cahuenga Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
    More info and tickets at https://www.thebakedpotato.com/events/benny-rietvelds-orchestra-july-7-2024/
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  • West Coast Jazz Hour Big Band @ Vibrato's Grill and Jazz
    West Coast Jazz Hour Big Band @ Vibrato's Grill and Jazz
    Wed, Jul 03
    Vibrato Grill and Jazz
    Jul 03, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Vibrato Grill and Jazz, 2930 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA
    Jul 03, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Vibrato Grill and Jazz, 2930 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA
    Reservations and more info at https://www.vibratogrilljazz.com/music/west-coast-jazz-hour-big-band-4
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  • Teryn Ré Big Band @ Baked Potato
    Teryn Ré Big Band @ Baked Potato
    Mon, Jun 24
    The Baked Potato
    Jun 24, 2024, 1:01 PM
    The Baked Potato, 3787 Cahuenga Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
    Jun 24, 2024, 1:01 PM
    The Baked Potato, 3787 Cahuenga Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
    Info at bakedpotato.com
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  • Marlonius Jazz Orchestra: Ellington at 125
    Marlonius Jazz Orchestra: Ellington at 125
    Sun, Jun 23
    LA Athletic Club
    Jun 23, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    LA Athletic Club, 646 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
    Jun 23, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    LA Athletic Club, 646 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
    Live at LA Athletic Club. More info: https://jazzsalon.org/tickets-for-the-june-23-sunday-jazz-salon-celebrating-duke-ellingtons-125th-birthday/
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  • Debby Holiday: Tina Turner Tribute @ Palace Theatre - Manchester, NH
    Debby Holiday: Tina Turner Tribute @ Palace Theatre - Manchester, NH
    Tue, May 21
    Palace Theater
    May 21, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Palace Theater, 80 Hanover St, Manchester, NH 03101, USA
    May 21, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Palace Theater, 80 Hanover St, Manchester, NH 03101, USA
    More info: https://palacetheatre.my.salesforce-sites.com/ticket/#/instances/a0FDp000002FxnCMAS
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  • Sat, May 18
    Norris Theatre
    May 18, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Dr, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274, USA
    May 18, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Dr, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274, USA
    More info: https://palosverdesperformingarts.com/show-details/uptown
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  • Dave Slonaker Big Band @ Vibrato’s
    Dave Slonaker Big Band @ Vibrato’s
    Tue, Apr 30
    Vibrato Grill Jazz
    Apr 30, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Vibrato Grill Jazz, 2930 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA
    Apr 30, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Vibrato Grill Jazz, 2930 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA
    More info: https://resy.com/cities/la/herb-alperts-vibrato-grill-and-jazz?date=2024-04-30&seats=2&fbclid=IwAR3_yKQLkaZELeKElBjtkv6PjAMoB3lFv3v3KS0Ya4YG0Yaf6iAoLh1w7Qw_aem_AZN8AicvGN6Iy8ZEW2zycBeZ3f4C9Qxs0jHN7ewDIqc-gco1zIw1SA16DP-K9HsRzWw
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  • AFM Local 47 Jazz Fest: Brian Swartz and His Swartzestra
    AFM Local 47 Jazz Fest: Brian Swartz and His Swartzestra
    Sun, Apr 28
    American Federation of Musicians Local 4
    Apr 28, 2024, 3:00 PM
    American Federation of Musicians Local 4, 3220 Winona Ave, Burbank, CA 91504, USA
    Apr 28, 2024, 3:00 PM
    American Federation of Musicians Local 4, 3220 Winona Ave, Burbank, CA 91504, USA
    Free show at AFM Local 47!
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  • AFM Local 47 Jazz Fest: The West Coast Jazz Hour Big Band
    AFM Local 47 Jazz Fest: The West Coast Jazz Hour Big Band
    Sun, Apr 14
    American Federation of Musicians Local 4
    Apr 14, 2024, 7:00 PM
    American Federation of Musicians Local 4, 3220 Winona Ave, Burbank, CA 91504, USA
    Apr 14, 2024, 7:00 PM
    American Federation of Musicians Local 4, 3220 Winona Ave, Burbank, CA 91504, USA
    Free show at AFM Local 47!
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  • Setsuko Hama Octet @ View Music Torrance
    Setsuko Hama Octet @ View Music Torrance
    Sun, Mar 24
    View , Music Bar & Lounge
    Mar 24, 2024, 4:00 PM
    View , Music Bar & Lounge, 1431 W Knox St, Torrance, CA 90501, USA
    Mar 24, 2024, 4:00 PM
    View , Music Bar & Lounge, 1431 W Knox St, Torrance, CA 90501, USA
    Dinner and show with general admission.
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  • Big Band Nights @ ArtShare LA
    Big Band Nights @ ArtShare LA
    Fri, Mar 22
    Art Share L.A.
    Mar 22, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Art Share L.A., 801 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
    Mar 22, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Art Share L.A., 801 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
    Tickets: https://checkout.square.site/merchant/F75WEWAWDH50K/checkout/4YXX7YZYH6MN7XLUDJLXVCD3?src=sms&fbclid=PAAaa4KuBIfA1ze8KAWH6_FXdrrJuyqHFEoHyRD4XvYJKU4qrmta-IVpDYNZk_aem_AZO3v0blay8oIZQMZY4mVuOi0zLmvlQPjLeAVk3yRtQKdOHMMLe1F-2Ou9yTl5XJAXE
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  • Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra • Celebrating The Year of the Dragon
    Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra • Celebrating The Year of the Dragon
    Sun, Feb 18
    Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill & Jazz
    Feb 18, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill & Jazz, 2930 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA
    Feb 18, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill & Jazz, 2930 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA
    Composer Alan Chan and his 17-piece orchestra + special guest singers Gustavo Hernandez, LC Powell, Ben Thomas and Toonyun. More info at https://resy.com/cities/la/venues/herb-alperts-vibrato-grill-and-jazz/events/alan-chan-jazz-orchestra-celebrating-the-year-of-the-dragon-2024-02-18?date=2024-02-18
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