Trombone | Bass Trombone  
Composer | Arranger | Educator



Paul Nelson is an active trombonist in the Los Angeles area as well as music educator. 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, 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


  • Just Jazz Presents: The Baba Orchestra
    Aug 17, 8:00 PM
    The Paramount, 2708 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA
    The Baba Orchestra is a 17-piece experimental big band • original instrumental works by composer//conductor//bandleader Lauren Elizabeth Baba Ticket link in event description
  • Marlonius Jazz Orchestra @ Vibrato’s
    Thu, Aug 18
    Vibrato Grill Jazz
    Aug 18, 7:00 PM
    Vibrato Grill Jazz, 2930 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA
    Marlonius Jazz Orchestra will have its Vibrato debut August 18! Our special guest will be A-list vocalist Josie James (Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Burt Bacharach), and music will include a musical tribute to jazz legend Billy Strayhorn and Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn. Ticket link in description.
  • Tom Sandoval and The Most Extras
    Sat, Jul 23
    The Canyon Club
    Jul 23, 6:00 PM
    The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Dr, Agoura Hills, CA 91301, USA
    Tickets available at door or online: https://www.axs.com/events/435187/tom-sandoval-of-vanderpump-rules-the-most-extras-tickets?skin=agoura
  • Jazz Underground: Paul Nelson & Friends
    Wed, Jul 20
    Jazz Ungerground
    Jul 20, 8:30 PM
    Jazz Ungerground, 3111 Glendale Blvd #2, Los Angeles, CA 90039, USA
    Two sets of original music and arrangements by Paul Nelson. With Michael Orenstein, Lauren Ellis and Tim Fenton. Tickets $12, at the door. Jazz Underground is located in the basement of Oeno Vino Wine Shop.
  • VDE Big Band featuring Lia Booth and Mark Kopitzke
    Jul 13, 7:00 PM
    Los Angeles, 2930 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA
    Tickets available at Vibrato's website.
  • Jun 11, 7:00 PM
    Los Angeles, 2930 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA
    Ticket reservations at https://resy.com/cities/la/herb-alperts-vibrato-grill-and-jazz?date=2022-06-11&seats=2 Jazz standards with Luke Carlsen and his big band. Two sets: 7 pm and 9:30 pm
  • Jun 09, 7:00 PM
    Los Angeles, 2930 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA
    Ticket Link: https://www.vibratogrilljazz.com/music/the-cookies-jhpwt The West Coast Jazz Hour Big Band featuring Melissa Morgan
  • Paul Nelson's Big Ol' Band LIVE at Vitello's
    Jun 01, 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
    Los Angeles, 4349 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
    Paul Nelson's Big Ol' Band LIVE at Vitello's. Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paul-nelsons-big-ol-band-live-at-vitellos-tickets-240694322197
  • VDE Big Band @ Campus Jax
    Thu, May 26
    Newport Beach
    May 26, 6:30 PM
    Newport Beach, 3950 Campus Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660, USA
    Link for tickets: https://www.campusjax.com/events/vde-big-band?fbclid=IwAR1WyIwyQBtRPf_JT86x0qhpLNG-KrVuLYEpHJpws0KzlrLiTb7Hu-TTQow The Tribute of the American Songbook is a performance brought to you by the VDE Big Band with vocalists Lia Booth and Mark Kopitzke.
  • Big Band Night at The Mint
    Mon, Mar 28
    Los Angeles
    Mar 28, 7:00 PM
    Los Angeles, 6010 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035, USA
    Craig Cammell's Large Ensemble, Dave Richards Big Band and the BabaOrchestra Ticket link: https://wl.seetickets.us/event/Big-Band-Nights-hosted-by-the-BABAorchestra/467246?afflky=TheMint
  • "Ever Up and Onward": Marlonius Jazz Orchestra Plays Billy Strayhorn
    Mar 27, 3:00 PM
    Los Angeles, 200 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
    Marlon Martinez and Marlonius Jazz Orchestra will perform a big band tribute to Billy Strayhorn, to culminate Martinez' artist residency at the Colburn School Amplify Series. The program will include newly discovered works and previously unrecorded gems by the unsung giant of jazz, known for his int
  • Sat, Feb 19
    John Adams Middle School (JAMS) Performi
    Feb 19, 7:00 PM
    John Adams Middle School (JAMS) Performi, 1630 Pearl St, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
  • Dec 06, 2021, 6:00 PM
    Long Beach, 6251 CA-1, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
    Ticket link https://www.ticketweb.com/event/tom-kubis-big-band-gaslamp-long-beach-tickets/11492025?pl=gaslamp Big Band Christmas shows by Kyle Myers and Tom Kubis Doors 6 pm Kyle Myers Big Band 6:30 pm Tom Kubis Big Band 8:00 pm
  • Teryn Ré Big Band @ Baked Potato
    Sun, Nov 28
    Los Angeles
    Nov 28, 2021, 8:00 PM
    Los Angeles, 3787 Cahuenga Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
    Ticket link: https://www.thebakedpotato.com/events/teryn-re-big-band-sunday-november-28-2021/ Christmas is coming show
  • Paul Nelson's Big Ol' Band @ The Mint
    Nov 22, 2021, 8:00 PM
    Los Angeles, 6010 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035, USA
    Ticket link: https://wl.seetickets.us/event/Big-Band-Nights-hosted-by-the-BABAorchestra/451951?afflky=T A new LA music series spotlighting big bands and their creative works. This kick off event will feature Paul Nelson's Big Ol' Band, Teryn Ré's Big Band, and theBABAorchestra.
  • Oct 25, 2021, 7:00 PM
    West Hollywood, 8852 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
    Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kelly-mcgarry-presents-tickets-175237759857
  • Extra Syrup Horns @ PuffCon
    Oct 02, 2021, 4:20 PM
    Auburn, 1360 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA 95603, USA
  • Oct 01, 2021, 7:00 PM
    Santa Ana, 1010 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92701, USA