New Orleans Jazz Saxophonist | Composer | Arranger | Producer|
Internationally-renowned New Orleans saxophonist, Roderick Paulin is an accomplished: composer, arranger, producer and educator. His sophomore recording, Slow But Steady, is an authentic embodiment of true and pure jazz music. Paulin explains, “This record is called “Slow But Steady”, because it took more than 10 years to complete. My soul is in this recording and the title defines the journey…slow but steady, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.” Paulin’s musical repertoire includes traditional and modern jazz, R&B, brass band, bebop, big band and classical music. He has collaborated and performed with distinguished musical acts including: Branford Marsalis, Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, Delfeayo Marsalis, Maceo Parker, and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. In 2015, Paulin received the esteemed honor of serving as a faculty member with the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp.
New Orleans native, band leadership for Paulin is both nature and nurture. Paulin began playing the saxophone at eight-years-old with his father, the legendary traditional jazz musician, Ernest “Doc” Paulin. Living to age 100, the elder Paulin, performed brass band music around the world. Paulin remembers, “My father organized, The “Doc” Paulin Dixieland Jazz Band in the early 1920’s and performed traditional New Orleans jazz for seven decades. My father was a working musician. He taught us the importance of preparation, musicianship, timeliness and fortitude. Until today, his commitment to his craft infused a sense of passion and responsibility that has stayed with me throughout every aspect of my life.” “Doc” was responsible for launching the musical careers of many local greats such as Donald Harrison, Michael White, & Gregg Stafford. Paulin adds, “I grew-up admiring other great saxophonists such as John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderely, and Kenny Garrett. Every sax player, that’s serious about getting better on their axe, their horn, has listened to countless hours of recordings of the masters. Admittedly, I do the same thing.”
In 1988 as a student at Southern University in New Orleans, Paulin partnered with legendary Rebirth Brass Band leader, tuba player, Phillip Frazier. Paulin states, “One gig at Tipitina’s Uptown turned into a ground-breaking alliance.” Paulin was the lynch-pin for New Orleans brass band anthems such as “Whop”, “Do What Cha Wanna”, and “Why U Wit’ Me”. Paulin says, “Being a part of ‘The ReBirth Sound’ was great. Those are some great cats. They were really responsible in expanding my knowledge of popular music and how to incorporate that to make the crowd get on their feet.” During this collaboration, Rebirth showcased lead celebrated trumpet- player, Kermit Ruffins. Later Paulin worked with Ruffins as the principle arranger and conductor of his self-titled big band. Rebirth’s acclaim opened many doors for Paulin, with him subsequently being hired by major local, national, & international acts for his dynamic saxophone performances and exceptional arrangement abilities.