Brought up in El Paso, Paul went on to earn his B.M. in Trombone Performance at the University of Arizona and M.M. from the Frost School of Music. Since moving to Austin in 2010, he’s become a first-call musician playing trombone, trumpet, flugelhorn, baritone, percussion, and keyboard. In 2015, Paul was hired onto the esteemed faculty at The University of Texas as professor and lecturer of Jazz Trombone. 

Paul finds himself equally at home playing funk, latin, soul, blues, classical, and pop and has toured internationally with The Polyphonic Spree, and nationally with CalexicoHard Proof, Progger, and Brownout. His section has joined Gary Clark Jr., Jon Batiste, Maggie Rose, Aaron Frazer, Adrian Quesada’s Jaguar Sounds, and Thee Sacred Souls at the esteemed Austin City Limits Festival. 

Paul has performed at some of the most renowned venues including:

  • Radio City Music Hall for the David Bowie Tribute show in NYC,
  • The HEB Arena at Cedar Park for the Kill Tony Podcast’s arena tour debut,
  • The Moody Amphitheater’s first concert featuring The Who,
  • The legendary Bestival on the Isle of Wight for 50,000 people.

Most recently, Paul completed a year playing horns with the live band on Kill Tony, the reigning #1 live comedy podcast in the world. Some other highlights include live tapings with Spoon, Japanese Breakfast, Jaguar sounds, and Kill Tony’s 10yr Anniversary show at ACL Live and Surfaces for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. And having already been an official artist for SXSW Music Festival in 2020, Paul returned in 2024 to showcase his new acoustic jazz-pop ensemble, Jess + Paul.

Paul has recorded on numerous albums including albums from Shiny Ribs, Trail of the Dead, Dave Grusin, Molly Burch, The Polyphonic Spree, and Adrian Quesada of the Black Pumas.

Coming Up

  • As a recipient of the Austin Live Music Grant, Paul will be releasing a full-length pop album summer of 2024 with a solo EP following close behind
  • Paul continues to play the greater ATX / SATX area with his bands Dreemr, the Paul Deemer Quintet, and Jess + Paul

Follow Paul on Instagram to keep up with his upcoming projects or check out his Events page.

Paul gets my vote as one of the young, fresh voices of the trombone. 

He embodies the perfect balance of soul and intelligence.