John Paulson

Contact: or 507.429.5378

John Paulson started his musical journey in Rochester, MN playing in area rock bands and participating in school music groups.  He migrated west and got his B.M and M.M from the University of Utah where he studied jazz arranging with Henry Wolking and later completed his DMA in music education from the University of Washington.  He started playing the saxophone at age 10, studied flute and clarinet with members of the Utah Symphony and the L.A. Chamber Orchestra and studied jazz improvisation with Garry Dial in New York.

After 35 years of full time teaching, Dr. Paulson has retired from Saint Mary’s University in Winona, MN where he taught jazz and music industry courses. He also taught jazz studies at Winona State University for five years prior to leaving to pursue his own interests. He has performed internationally with student jazz groups plus freelance work with The Cab Calloway Orchestra, Mel Torme, Andy Williams, Bob Hope, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Pioneer Memorial Theatre, and The Repertory Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City. He has produced six commercial jazz CD’s and done 5 Master class CD’s for the Saxophone Journal. He’s a member of ASCAP, The American Composers Forum, JEN (the Jazz Educators Network) and is now an official artist endorser of Jody Jazz Sax Mouthpieces and accessories.

  • Jazz Performing Groups: duo, quartet or 17 piece big band.
  • Seeking partnerships with arts presenters for MSAB MN Arts Tour grant program or other local or regional grants programs.
  • Available for clinics, lectures and educational outreach programs.