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Mac Gollehon

Mac Gollehon is a musician that defies categorization.His distinctive musical personality drew the attention of many prominent record producers early on in his career, such as Nile Rodgers, Arthur Baker, Patrick Adams, Wycleef Jean and Arif Mardin. These producers combined Mac’s outstanding abilities with great powerhouse acts. The result was important and memorable and some times the result was truly groundbreaking.

While he was in the studio recording with rock and pop legends David Bowie, Duran Duran, Mick Jagger, Al Jarreau, Blondie, and Hector Lavoeas well as TV and movie soundtrack work, Gollehon continued to take gigs and tours which stretched his musical conception. The sonic landscapes of his work were so diverse that he developed his own style as a genre bender.

Mac was particularly drawn to the sound of the late Lester Bowie, whose group, Brass Fantasy, he joined for 9 years. Bowie inspired and encouraged and participated in Mac becoming a leader. His unique mix of jazz, blues and funk was very well received in clubs as well as his recordings.

Mac Gollehon can evoke tradition and still create a sound all his own partly due to all his vast experience working with so many different types of musicians. In his live and recorded work he takes advantage of what he has done with other artists, playing trumpet, trombone and euphonium all on a single composition. That way he can provide more versatility of sound to the audience.

Mac still continues today to play on commercial, network promotions and tours playing concert dates, and clubs with a who’s who list of world famous top acts. Mac has been putting more and more emphasis on working his own bands and making appearances as a guestsoloist.

Mac Gollehon, a Berklee School of music Graduate, is also an educator, author and clinician. He his is presently anendorsing artist for Phaeton Trumpets. Mac gets great pleasure sharing his musical knowledge withstudents andis working with Phaeton Co. to present his clinics nation wide.