Dazzling Jazz Trumpet
John Raymond – trumpet
Dan Tepfer – piano
Joe Martin – bass
Jay Sawyer – drums
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.
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, and while he was there he self-produced two original albums, wrote and recorded horn parts for 3 Grammy-nominated Gospel/R&B artists, and became even more active in the Twin Cities music scene.
Since moving to New York in 2009, John has been a featured artist at the FONT Festival and NYC Winter Jazz Festival. He also regularly performs with musicians such as Ethan Iverson, Orrin Evans, Gilad Hekselman, Linda Oh and others. On his new album released in April, “Foreign Territory,” Raymond is accompanied by legendary drummer Billy Hart, pianist Dan Tepfer and bassist Joe Martin. The album features mostly original compositions that reimagine the jazz standard tradition (one of them was recently awarded a Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer’s Award given by ASCAP). Raymond forges a sound that is steeped in the jazz tradition, yet progressive and full of modernity, and it’s clear that he is making as big a musical statement as he’s made yet.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“A prepossessing young trumpet player…” -New York Times
“Strength & Song signals the arrival of an exciting new trumpet personality poised for greater things” -All About Jazz, New York
“Possessing a forte that few seasoned musicians have attained…a brilliant talent whose luminosity is endless.” -Birmingham Times