John Paulson earned his B.M. and Master of Music degrees from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and his D.M.A. in music education from the University of Washington in Seattle. He studied flute and clarinet with players in the Utah Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, jazz arranging with Henry Wolking and Jan Kanopasek and studied jazz improvisation on sax and flute with famed improvisation teachers Garry Dial, and Dave Liebman. His jazz groups have performed throughout the Midwest for over 30 years and he has performed internationally with jazz groups from Saint Mary's University where he retired from over 30 years of teaching in 2012. He is now professor emeritus at Saint Mary's University of MN and an adjunct instructor at Winona State Universities in Winona, MN. As a freelance artist, Dr. Paulson has performed with The Cab Calloway Orchestra, Mel Torme, Andy Williams, Bob Hope, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, and The Pioneer Memorial and Repertory Dance Theatres in Salt Lake City. In the last 15 years, he has produced six commercial jazz CD's and done 5 Master class CD's for the Saxophone Journal. His CD's have received airplay and excellent reviews throughout the Midwest. These CD's are available at and iTunes plus numerous digital download and streaming sites including Pandora.

His latest CD & DVD recording, The John Paulson Big Band Project, features 10 originals recorded live and in the studio. Scores & parts from the big band project are available worldwide The JPBB recording project and 2012 premiere performance were funded by a grant from the McKnight Foundation and the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. JPBB performances in 2016 included playing at JEN- the national jazz Educators convention January 7, 2016 in Louisville, KYl, The Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, MN and various clubs dates throuhout the region. He recently co-directed a mixed high school jazz combo that was featured in a performance in Misato, Japan- Winona, Minnesota’s sister city.

Dr. Paulson officially endorses Jody Jazz sax mouthpieces & accessories. He is a member of ASCAP, the American Composers Forum and JEN (The Jazz Educators Network), The Minnesota Presenters Network and The River Arts Alliance.

Volunteer work: Let's Go Fishing (Winona, MN Chapter) Central Lutheran Church- Winona, MN (music ministries).

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John C. Paulson 2016