Winona Arts Center: John Paulson Big Band

John Paulson Big Band
10th Anniversary Concerts

Saturday / February 4, 2023 / 7:00pm / Ticket Link
Sunday / February 5, 2023 / 3:00pm / Ticket Link
Coffeehouse and Gallery open one hour prior to concert

Winona Arts Center

The 20 piece John Paulson Big Band will perform their mix of original, contemporary jazz with two concerts at the beautifully renovated Winona Art Center. The concerts will celebrate 10 years of successful concerts, recordings and residencies by the band—many of which will be highlighted in a short video which will start playing an hour before each performance and continue until the band starts plus during their break. Tickets are available for $10 in advance at (links above) and Hardt’s Music or $15 at the door. Coffeehouse and gallery are open one hour prior to concerts. Wine will be available for purchase during the coffeehouse hour Saturday evening. The concerts will also be live-streamed on John Paulson’s YouTube channel (search John Paulson Jazz). Viewers are encouraged to donate to the Winona Arts Center.

The John Paulson Big Band got its start in November 2012 when the band blew the roof off the old church that houses the Winona Arts Center with a standing room only concert. The live recording of that event led to the completion of their first CD The John Paulson Big Band Project. Their 2nd CD Five Years On was recognized as one of the top big band jazz CD’s of 2018 by KBEM jazz radio in Minneapolis. This project included vocalist and recording artist Ariane Lydon who will be performing with the group at these concerts. The band’s repertoire includes straight ahead blues, Latin and swing, ballads with vocals and a twisted tango—all composed and arranged by Dr. Paulson. This group includes the top jazz performers and educators in the region and over the past decade. They have performed to enthusiastic audiences at the Page Theatre, Winona Statue University, Saint Cecilia Hall, The Winona County History Center, a road trip to the JEN (Jazz Educators’ Network) Conference in Louisville, KY and multiple residencies at area high schools.

This activity is made possible through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council in cooperation with a private foundation.

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Event Information:



Feb 04 - 05 2023


8:00 am - 6:00 pm