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John C. Paulson 

saxophone, flute, composer & educator

John C. Paulson earned his B.M. and M.M. in music from the University Utah and his D.M.A. in music education from the University of Washington in Seattle. After 35 years of teaching jazz and music industry courses, Dr. Paulson retired as professor emeritus from Saint Mary’s University in Winona, MN. He then taught jazz studies part time at Winona State University and is currently teaching at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts.  He has produced nine original jazz CDs including three big band recordings plus five Master class CD's for the Saxophone Journal. His third big band CD- “The Refuge Project,” was released in 2023 and the previous release was recognized as one of the top ten big band CDs by KBEM jazz radio in Mpls., MN.  Dr. Paulson has received numerous grants from the Southeastern MN Arts council and the MN State Arts board in support of his live performances, workshops and recordings. 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. He is a member of ISJAC, ASCAP, JEN, the River Arts Alliance and is an official artist endorser of Jody Jazz Sax Mouthpieces.




Volunteer Work: 

Central Lutheran Church
(music  & food ministries)


Winona Friendship Center

Friendship Fish & Float

photo by Anita Doering 
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