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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.

Labeled “a prepossessing young trumpet player…” (New York Times), John Raymond has been making a name for himself as one of the most promising, up-and-coming jazz musicians in New York.

John regularly performs with musicians such as Billy Hart, John Abecrombie, Orrin Evans, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Linda Oh, Dan Tepfer and Gilad Hekselman among others.

John has recently been a featured artist at the NYC Winter Jazz Festival, FONT Festival and Center City Jazz Festival. He has already performed as a leader at some the nation’s top venues including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Dakota Jazz Club, the Jazz Showcase, Smalls Jazz Club and the Blue Note Jazz Club. He has also recorded with Grammy-nominated singer Sara Bareilles as well as performed at notable events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and on NPR’s Toast of the Nation New Year’s Eve celebration.

John’s debut album “Strength & Song” – released in 2012 – garnered national and international attention – “Possessing a forte that few seasoned musicians have attained…a brilliant talent whose luminosity is endless” (Birmingham Times). Produced by Jon Faddis, the album includes pianist Gerald Clayton, alto saxophonist Tim Green and guitarist Gilad Hekselman among others, and it features Raymond’s original compositions that draw on modern jazz and rock influences.

On his forthcoming album, “Foreign Territory,” Raymond is accompanied by legendary drummer Billy Hart, pianist Dan Tepfer and bassist Joe Martin. With mentor and seasoned trumpeter John McNeil serving as producer, Raymond forges a sound that is steeped in the jazz tradition, yet progressive and full of modernity. The album is set for release in April 2015 on Fresh Sound New Talent, and it’s clear that Raymond is making as big a musical statement as he’s made yet.