Labeled "a prepossessing young trumpet player…" (New York Times), John Raymond has established himself as one of the most promising musicians in New York since moving there from Eau Claire in 2009. A featured artist at the FONT Festival, Winter Jazz Festival and Center City Jazz Festival, Raymond has already performed as a leader at some of top venues in New York including the Blue Note Jazz Club, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the Dakota Jazz Club, the Jazz Showcase, and Smalls Jazz Club. He has collaborated or performed with musicians such as Billy Hart, John Abercrombie, Chris Potter, Ben Williams, Maria Schneider, Linda Oh and Otis Brown III among others. John has also performed at notable events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and on NPR's Toast of the Nation, and he regularly tours internationally as well.
His debut album "Strength & Song," released in February 2012 and produced by legendary trumpeter Jon Faddis, attracted national and international attention ("An exciting new trumpet personality poised for greater things" - All About Jazz, New York). His forthcoming album, set for release in the Spring of 2015, includes legendary drummer Billy Hart, pianist Dan Tepfer and bassist Joe Martin.
In September, Raymond will bring his New York-based "Roots Trio" back home to tour the Midwest and record their debut album. The group includes guitarist Gilad Hekselman and drummer Colin Stranahan, two of the most in-demand rising star musicians in New York. Their repertoire includes a combination of American folk songs, renditions on classic hymns, select indie-rock covers as well as unique, deconstructed arrangements of jazz standards. All in all the group presents a very fresh, "rootsy" sound to songs that are familiar in nature and, as a result, audiences everywhere have deeply connected with the music.
"Possessing a forte that few seasoned musicians have attained…a brilliant talent whose luminosity is endless" (Birmingham Times).