Paul Severson (1928-2007) was a well-schooled musician with symphony, studio, and traveling band experience. He began studying piano at the age of 5, in his home in Fargo, N.D. At the age of 13, he switched to the trombone and never looked back.
In 1944, after graduating from high school, he toured with local bands in Minnesota and North Dakota. He attended the music school at Northwestern University, where he combined his interest in the classics with the development of an experimental jazz sextet. In 1951 he got a master’s degree and entered the world of big band sounds.
He spent two years with Ralph Marterie's band, followed by a stint with Hal McIntyre and a Stan Kenton concert tour in the fall of 1953. During the 1953-54 season he was first trombonist with the Chicago Civic symphony orchestra. For over two years he was a staff musician for CBS in Chicago.
Paul was always an active,...