About John Raymond Project
Labeled “a prepossessing young trumpet player…” (Nate Chinen, New York Times), John Raymond is quickly making a name for himself as an up-and-coming artist to keep an eye on. A featured artist at the 2012 10th Annual FONT Festival (Festival of New Trumpet) and the 2013 Winter Jazz Festival, Raymond 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. John has also 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, and he has collaborated or performed with musicians such as John Abercrombie, Chris Potter, Ben Williams, Mike Moreno, Orrin Evans, Linda Oh and Otis Brown III among others.
John will be joined by Twin Cities regulars Chris Thomson (tenor saxophone), James Buckley (bass) and JT Bates (drums) in a chordless quartet, playing a mix of deconstructed jazz standards and original compositions.
The JRP blends traditional hard-bop foundations with modern influences and concepts to create highly emotionally-engaging music. Tonight, John presents his original music in a traditional jazz setting, with some standards thrown in as well. This is a great time to hear this rising young star.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“John is among the more expressive and inventive of the young cats on the scene now.” -Scott Wendholt, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
““Creative, unpredictable and compelling. John has a unique voice, and he is definitely saying something that is worth listening to.” -Jon Faddis
“Possessing a forte that few seasoned musicians have attained…a brilliant talent whose luminosity is endless” – Birmingham Times