Brian Paulding is a Boston-based trombone player, music educator, and composer. He has performed to sold out crowds in Turkey, Germany, and Georgia, at venues and festivals including the Blue Note (NYC) and the Burlington Jazz Festival, and with acclaimed artists such as Kenyatta "Jr. Culture" Hill, Iyeoka, and Michael Gabriel. Brian is also the Brass Instructor and Ensemble Director at Boston’s award winning youth development center, Zumix.
With a degree in Entrepreneurial Music Business/Management from Berklee College of Music, his skills extend beyond the stage. Since May, 2015, Brian has doubled as trombone player and tour manager for Nigerian-American singer Iyeoka, performing throughout Turkey, Germany, and The Republic of Georgia.
Brian also serves as the trombone player and musical director for The Continent - a reggae backing band and instrumental dub group. In 2015, this group toured New England backing international reggae stars Kenyatta “Jr. Culture” Hill, Sleepy Wonder (Thievery Corperation), Puma Ptah (Thievery Corperation), and steel drum master Michael Gabriel (Casablanca Steel Orchestra).
In addition to these groups, Brian Paulding is a freelance trombone player with some of the area’s top reggae, funk, afrobeat, and hip-hop groups. He has performed at the Burlington Jazz Festival main stage opening for Jimmy Cliff, at New York City’s legendary Blue Note jazz club with soul/reggae veteran Toussaint the Liberator, and at the Cocoa Beach Reggae Festival with Tosh1 (son of Peter Tosh).
When he is not on tour, Brian is the brass instructor and an ensemble director at Zumix. He offers private trombone, trumpet, and tuba instruction. His ensemble, the Youth Latin Ensemble, performs music (both writing originals and learning covers) from across Latin America and the diaspora. They have opened for Eguie Castrillo, Ten Tumbao, and others.
Brian also writes, records, and releases his musical meanderings on cassette under the alias DORCAS MORTON.