top of page

“Refuge Project” CD 2023

featuring Adam Meckler, trumpet & flugelhorn &
Janette Hanson, voice 

all compositions by John C. Paulson 

(Listen to the individual tracks-  HERE


“Blues for S.C.”  

16 bar minor blues head.  Solos for any sax, guitar, piano or trumpet- alternates swing and Latin  (view score)



(vocal & instrumental versions)

concert jazz with mixed styles & meters ending with an exciting but challenging Bembé section
(view: vocal version score(Instrumental score)


“You Gotta Tri”

Monkish easy swing theme morphs into a 2nd line section- challenging chords! 
(view score)


“I Fear A Rhapsody”
“I Hear A Rhapsody” contrafact-  with a sax soli workout followed by a trumpet or flg. solo
(view score)


“Monkey Bread Blues”
catchy 12 bar blues- various solo options  
plus  a dirty slow blues riff, & nasty plunger trumpet solo!
  (view score

Available on all popular streaming services & hard copies at Momentous Records
visit the store for direct links

John Paulson Big Band 


March 4 & 5 2023

Winona, MN 



Alto 1 Rich Rohrbaugh  (Rochester, MN)  

Alto 2 Aaron Lohmeyer (Winona, MN) 

Tenor 1 John Paulson (Winona, MN) 

Tenor 2 Ray Dretske (Winona, MN)

Baritone  Dave Townsend (Rochester, MN)  



1. Warren Bandel (Rochester, MN)

2. Adam Meckler (Houghton, MI)   

3. Mike Snustead (La Crosse, WI) 

4.  John Mundy (Wabasha, MN) 



1.  John Sievers (Rochester, MN)

2. Dustin Moburg (La Crescent, MN ) 

3.  Eric Heukeshoven (Winona, MN)  

4.  Tom Nalli (Winona, MN) 


Rhythm Section:

piano: Ryan Howe (La Crescent, MN)

bass:  Troy Birdsong (La Crosse, WI) 

guitar:  Scott Gerry (Mpls., MN)   

drums:  Rich MacDonald  (Winona, MN) 

percussion: Denny McGuire, (Rollingstone, MN)

Production Staff: 

recording engineer, mixing & mastering:   

Brett Huus- Soundstrations

assistants: Ed Smerud  and Kai Klitgaard 
assisting audio editor: Rich MacDonald 

cover painting: Patrick Grace

graphic design:  A. Eric Heukeshoven


John C. Paulson is a fiscal year 2023 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural

heritage fund.  

bottom of page