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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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  • 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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  • 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: 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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  • Magic City Jazz Festival
    Magic City Jazz Festival
    Fri, Feb 09
    Ann Nicole Nelson Concert Hall
    Feb 09, 2024, 7:00 PM PST – Feb 10, 2024, 11:00 PM PST
    Ann Nicole Nelson Concert Hall, 500 University Ave W, Minot, ND 58707, USA
    Feb 09, 2024, 7:00 PM PST – Feb 10, 2024, 11:00 PM PST
    Ann Nicole Nelson Concert Hall, 500 University Ave W, Minot, ND 58707, USA
    Guest artist at Minot State University's 22nd annual Magic City Jazz Fest. More info at https://www.minotstateu.edu/music/pages/magic-city-jazz-festival.shtml
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  • Danny Jonokuchi Big Band  feat. Tawanda @ Vibrato's
    Danny Jonokuchi Big Band  feat. Tawanda @ Vibrato's
    Wed, Feb 07
    Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill & Jazz
    Feb 07, 2024, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill & Jazz, 2930 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA
    Feb 07, 2024, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill & Jazz, 2930 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA
    Experience the synergy of incredible vocal jazz talents harmoniously intertwined with the artistry of an A-list jazz orchestra. More info at: https://resy.com/cities/la/venues/herb-alperts-vibrato-grill-and-jazz/events/danny-jonokuchi-big-band-featuring-jazz-vocalist-tawanda-2024-02-07?date=2024-01-
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  • Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra @ The Colony Theater
    Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra @ The Colony Theater
    Sun, Jan 28
    The Colony Theater
    Jan 28, 2024, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    The Colony Theater, 555 N 3rd St, Burbank, CA 91502, USA
    Jan 28, 2024, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    The Colony Theater, 555 N 3rd St, Burbank, CA 91502, USA
    Ticket info/RSVP (818) 481-6169
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  • Tim McKay Big Band: Celebrating the Music of Anita Baker
    Tim McKay Big Band: Celebrating the Music of Anita Baker
    Fri, Jan 26
    Location is TBD
    Jan 26, 2024, 6:30 PM
    Location is TBD
    Jan 26, 2024, 6:30 PM
    Location is TBD
    Private location disclosed at purchase of ticket. More info at bluedreamla.com/anitabaker
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  • Shahram Shabpareh @ The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace
    Shahram Shabpareh @ The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace
    Sun, Dec 24
    Las Vegas
    Dec 24, 2023, 7:00 PM – Dec 25, 2023, 7:00 PM
    Las Vegas, 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
    Dec 24, 2023, 7:00 PM – Dec 25, 2023, 7:00 PM
    Las Vegas, 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
    TicketMaster: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/39005F25E20F246A?_ga=2.10901623.2130102130.1697065998-726695136.1697065998
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  • EMILE MOSSERI – A HOLIDAY HANUKKAH EXTRAVAGAZNA
    EMILE MOSSERI – A HOLIDAY HANUKKAH EXTRAVAGAZNA
    Fri, Dec 08
    The Pico Union Project
    Dec 08, 2023, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    The Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
    Dec 08, 2023, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    The Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
    Performing 'Heaven Hunters.' More info at https://www.picounionproject.org/event/sid-the-cat-presents-emile-mosseri-a-holiday-hanukkah-extravagazna/
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  • Dave Slonaker Big Band @ The Write-off Room
    Dave Slonaker Big Band @ The Write-off Room
    Mon, Nov 13
    The Write Off Room
    Nov 13, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    The Write Off Room, 11502 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
    Nov 13, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    The Write Off Room, 11502 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dave-slonaker-big-band-nov-13th-tickets-725749354857?aff=ebdsoporgprofile
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  • Teryn Ré Big Band @ The Write-Off Room
    Teryn Ré Big Band @ The Write-Off Room
    Mon, Sep 25
    The Write Off Room
    Sep 25, 2023, 7:30 PM
    The Write Off Room, 11502 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
    Sep 25, 2023, 7:30 PM
    The Write Off Room, 11502 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-teryn-res-big-band-tickets-682548409667?aff=oddtdtcreator&fbclid=IwAR1KtfLISNHaVdodjPgZB6GadsvcT2gZ7Kvm-ol74fhm_JHfkfmzU5twU98_aem_AbgF9G3eAgfMwEWhjvB_XiucVSN05vnHezSKGfVZirK7RbKyCgpwT-3L1dUCO0PichU
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  • Thu, Sep 21
    The Write Off Room
    Sep 21, 2023, 7:30 PM
    The Write Off Room, 11502 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
    Sep 21, 2023, 7:30 PM
    The Write Off Room, 11502 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/west-coast-hour-jazz-big-band-tickets-691199384967?aff=ebdsoporgprofile
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  • Mostly Kosher @ The Muck
    Mostly Kosher @ The Muck
    Thu, Sep 07
    Muckenthaler Cultural Center
    Sep 07, 2023, 7:30 PM
    Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Ave, Fullerton, CA 92833, USA
    Sep 07, 2023, 7:30 PM
    Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Ave, Fullerton, CA 92833, USA
    More info and tickets: https://themuck.org/program/2023-09-07
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  • Paul Nelson's Big Ol' Band LIVE @ The Write-Off Room
    Paul Nelson's Big Ol' Band LIVE @ The Write-Off Room
    Mon, Aug 14
    The Write-Off Room
    Aug 14, 2023, 6:30 PM – Aug 15, 2023, 9:30 PM
    The Write-Off Room, 11502 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
    Aug 14, 2023, 6:30 PM – Aug 15, 2023, 9:30 PM
    The Write-Off Room, 11502 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paul-nelsons-big-ol-band-tickets-643503976717?aff=ebdsoporgprofile
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  • Wed, Aug 02
    Vibrato Grill Jazz
    Aug 02, 2023, 7:00 PM
    Vibrato Grill Jazz, 2930 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA
    Aug 02, 2023, 7:00 PM
    Vibrato Grill Jazz, 2930 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA
    More info at Vibrato’s website
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