JPBB performing at the Winona County History Center in January 2017.
Photo by Joni Nalli.

John Paulson Big Band announces upcoming 2018-2019 season


The 18-piece John Paulson Big Band (JPBB) will return to the region again this fall with a new CD release plus two high school residencies and concerts. The dates include a concert on Veterans Day, November 11, at 3:30 p.m. at the new Rushford-Peterson High School Theater; a CD release party and concert at Wellington’s Pub and Grill in Winona at 3:30 p.m. on November 25; and a residency and concert at Mayo High School in Rochester on March 11, 2019.

Along with paying tribute to veterans, the November 11 concert will also include the Rushford-Peterson High School Jazz Band, directed by Adam George, opening up for the JPBB. This event will feature the amazing Adam Meckler on trumpet and flugelhorn along with the addition of vocalist Ariane Lydon. Prior to the concert, Dr. Paulson will work with students at Rushford-Peterson High School on jazz techniques, and jazz history.

The November 25 CD release party at Wellington’s Pub in Winona will include the 18-piece John Paulson Big Band along with Ariane Lydon on vocals performing selections from the group’s latest CD, “Five Years On,” as well as selections from their 2012 CD “The John Paulson Big Band Project.”

The final concert of the season at Mayo High in Rochester, Minn., will feature an artist residency and jazz workshops conducted by Dr. Paulson along with JPBB drummer Dr. Rich MacDonald of the Winona State University music department and brass clinician Adam Meckler. This marks a special occasion for Paulson: 50 years since he graduated from Mayo and went on to become a professional musician, composer and music educator! To conclude the residency, the Mayo High School Jazz Band, directed by Aaron Cole, will open up for the John Paulson Big Band featuring Adam Meckler, Ariane Lydon and Twin Cities guitarist Scott Gerry.

All the events are free and open to the public. For more information visit

The concert and artist residencies in Rushford and Rochester were made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


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