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John Raymond

Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, John began playing piano at age 7 and took up the trumpet at age 10. While still in high school, he began performing at the Dakota Jazz Club (then in St. Paul), and was fortunate to play with and learn from some of the city’s best musicians.

John received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he studied with Robert Baca. While at UWEC, John was a part of the Downbeat Award-winning Jazz Ensemble I, self-produced an EP of all originals, wrote and recorded horn parts for 3 Grammy-nominated Gospel/R&B artists, and became even more active in the Twin Cities music scene. John moved to New York in 2009 where he went on to complete a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from SUNY Purchase College.

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