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Trombonist credits time in Hudson for success

By TIM TROGLEN Reporter Published: March 5, 2017 12:00 AM
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HUDSON -- For those who enjoy the smooth jazz sounds of an acoustic trombone, mixed with a pinch of electric pop and stirred with a tad bit of hip hop, Paul the Trombonist may have just the set for you.

Paul the Trombonist, known as Paul Nowell when he attended Hudson High School and played in the band, will release a 10-tune album March 7 called "Journey to the World." The release, Nowell's first solo work, will be on all streaming services, including iTunes.

"We did vinyl too, but it sold out," Nowell, 33, who makes his home in Los Angeles said. "It's all original compositions. It's like a blend between acoustic trombone with electronic music and hip hop and pop type of vibe to it."

Nowell wanted to keep the integrity of the acoustic vibe of the trombone as natural as possible and blend it with the electronic world, he said.

"This album is special," Nowell said. "This is probably the first time trombone is being brought to the forefront of a modern type of sound."

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Nowell left Hudson in 2001 after graduating from Hudson High School and headed to the West Coast.

And while Nowell has played with and next to some of the biggest names in music, he credits Hudson with giving him the exposure needed to move from the football field to the world stage.

"I went through the whole music program there," Nowell said. "It was a very important part of my life. That's where I learned everything and where my foundation came from."

Nowell said the exposure to the guest artists passing through the music program as well as being able to perform in front of a variety of groups helped him hone his skills as an artist.

"One of the things it taught me which has stuck with me forever is the discipline," Nowell said. "The discipline I endured during the marching band program gave me a different mindset that I notice is a little different from other people. The discipline I learned in the marching band was one of the greatest things -- truly."

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Through that discipline Nowell's career began to take off while he was still a teenager and approached by Duke Ellington's nephew, Ron Ellington Shy, of the Drifters and Coasters fame.

Nowell began working with Shy on arraignments and eventually landed a gig with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, touring the world with them.

Nowell also plays on stage with comedian Sinbad and has played with Arethra Franklin's band, Seth MacFarlane and Frankie Valli.

Nowell's first instrument was the banjo, due to his father, Jeff, being a bluegrass musician. His mom, Barbara does not play, but her mom and dad passed down their love of music to Nowell.

Nowell graduated from Berklee College of Music and was influence heavily by Phil Wilson, whom he studied under in college. Other influences of Nowell's included Ernie Krivda, J.J. Johnson and Andy Hunter.

"I've been all around the world, and the Northeast Ohio band scene is one of the best," Nowell said.

For more on Nowell's release and story visit www.paulthetrombonist.com or his Facebook page.

Email: ttroglen@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9435

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