John Paulson, tenor sax and flute, is a native of Rochester, Minnesota. He earned his B.M. and Master of Music degrees from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and his Doctor of Musical Arts in education from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Dr. Paulson is professor of music at St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota where he has directed jazz studies and taught woodwinds for the last twenty-seven years, in addition to being Music Industry program director. He has published numerous articles and done educational CD's for The Saxophone Journal and Jazz Player magazine.
John has performed throughout the Midwest with his own groups and toured internationally with jazz groups from SMU. His group, The John Paulson Quartet, was featured live on MPR's Morning Show from the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing and his music has often been highlighted on Leigh Kamman's famous NPR radio show The Jazz Image. As a free-lance artist, John has performed with Charlie Byrd, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Bob Hope, Melissa Manchester, Johnny Mathis, the Mills Brothers, the Temptations, Mel Torme, and Andy Williams. He has also performed with the Pioneer Memorial Theatre, and RDT dance company in Salt Lake City, Utah.