Born: September 8, 1981
Trumpeter / composer Chad McCullough has been on an upward trend for years. He has three critically-acclaimed albums under his own name, several tours around the globe, and has played a key role in countless ensembles and projects. Called one of Seattle's young musical gems by Allaboutjazz.com, he's been carving out a name in modern jazz.
He is a member of the West African-inspired group The Kora Band, a group who's latest record Cascades has garnered national attention, peaking at #12 on the World Music Charts, and won NW Recording of the Year in Earshot Magazine.
As a composer, he has scored for film, written for various brass ensembles, dancers, and string quartets and quintets- in both classical and jazz idioms. He is also in high demand as an educator, and frequently speaks about jazz music and the trumpet to students of all ages, giving clinics at high schools and colleges throughout the country. He has been involved with mentoring projects run by the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, and the radio station KPLU, and has done educational outreach in several band programs....
Awards2009 Creative Music Workshop - Banff Centre, Canada
2006 Artist Endorsement - New York Trumpet Company
2002 Outstanding College Soloists - Trumpet; Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
--Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes
--Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
...a thoughtful improviser with technique to spare... an
impressive first round for one of Seattle's young musical
--John Barron, All About Jazz
McCullough's terrific debut Origin release... has begun to
introduce him to a larger audience, and it is high time he
become appreciated on a level in accordance with his skills
as an improviser and composer.
- Earshot Magazine
...Chad McCullough's New 'Dark Wood, Dark Water' is
Real Jazz! I ought to know.. and I do!
--Dr. Mike Matheny, Radioio.com
Urban NightingaleOrigin Classical
Dark Wood, Dark WaterOrigin Records
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Willing to teach:
I've taught private lessons for over 15 years, with many of my students ranking at top levels at festivals and competitions.
I've worked with Elementary - College bands, as well as choirs, running clinics ranging on topics from improvisation, breathing, rehearsal methods, how to practice, Jazz history, jazz tradition, articulation, rhythm section rehearsals... Chad has been a clinician for several festivals and schools, including: Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Edmonds Jazz Connection Kentridge HS Tyee HS Kentlake HS Mountlake Terrace HS