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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 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 , 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 Shea Diamond, Billy Porter, Paramount's 'Rise of the Pink Ladies,' 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 a small group 'Paul Nelson and Friends.'

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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
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  • Mara Kaye @ Grand Annex
    Sat, Mar 11
    Grand Annex - San Pedro, CA
    Mar 11, 8:00 PM – Mar 12, 9:00 PM
    Grand Annex - San Pedro, CA, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731, USA
  • Big Band Night at The Mint
    Mon, Mar 06
    Los Angeles
    Mar 06, 7:00 PM
    Los Angeles, 6010 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035, USA
  • Marlonius Jazz Orchestra @ Vibrato's Bel Air
    Feb 22, 7:00 PM
    Los Angeles, 2930 Beverly Glen Cir, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA