Update Ian Carey

Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: July 24, 1974    

Ian Carey is a trumpeter, composer, arranger, bandleader and instructor, who “asks deep musical questions and comes up with compelling answers” (Bill Kirchner, editor, The Oxford Companion to Jazz). Born in 1974 in Binghamton, New York, Carey grew up in a house suffused with music and art. Ian’s first musical outlet was singing in a church choir, where his exposure to a brass quintet turned his eye to the trumpet. He started on cornet and French horn in elementary school, but switched back to trumpet for good in high school after his family relocated to Folsom, California (site of a now-famous high school jazz program)...
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"Roads & Codes": Best of 2013 - DownBeat Magazine (4 1/2 stars); Scott Albin; James Hale; Andrew Gilbert (NPR); Ted Gioia (hon. mention); Arnaldo DeSouteiro. Runner-up nominee, Rising Star (Trumpet), 2014 DownBeat Critics' Poll.
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Kobocha Records (2014)

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Nov14 Ian Carey Quintet+1
Hillside Club
Berkeley, CA

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”I dig Ian Carey. He's a trumpeter with a clean, clear sound who understands that there are listeners at the other end of recordings. On his new album, you hear Ian's tender sound on the horn and his passion for harmony. Deep down, Ian's a romantic traditionalist, and his reverence for velvet simplicity and heart-touching tones is evident. When the music on this album hits your ear, you want to hear more. It's a strange sensation. All of the songs on the CD except one (Just Friends) were composed by Ian, and all clearly were carefully thought through to maximize warmth and gentle urgency...

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