Ray Callender

Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: June 16, 1979    

Ray Callender was born in Winfield, Illinois. The son of Charles Callender, a Chicago trumpeter and craftsman at Schilke Music Products, his love for the instrument began at an early age. However, his love for the music didn't develop until early high school, sparked by a double-sided tape of Kind of Blue and Jazz at Massey Hall. He was hooked. Callender began to study the masters, especially Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, and Miles Davis, and his diligence earned him numerous honors while still in high school, including “Best Soloist” at the Chicago Area Jazz Festival, “Outstanding Soloist” at the Rolling Meadows Jazz Festival, and the 1996 Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. Callender graduated Cum Laude from the University of North Florida jazz program where he studied with legendary alto saxophonist Bunky Green. He performed with and composed for the top jazz ensemble and combo and was the featured trumpet soloist on UNF's Down Beat award-winning albums, Things To Come, Second Thoughts, and Through His Eyes, as well as recording with notable pianist/educator Dr. Keith Javors on his 2004 Zoho Records release, Mo' City Jungle....
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Mo' City Jungle

Zoho Music (2004)

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While this young man's primary influence on his horn is clearly Freddie Hubbard, there are also discernible stylistic resemblances to Lee Morgan and Woody Shaw, giving him a well rounded approach that is both spirited and intelligent.
     — Russ Musto, All About Jazz

Callender's trumpet solo is especially impressive; a thematic solo that is the definition of spontaneous composition.
     — John Kelman, All About Jazz

Ray Callender represents the cutting edge of trumpet playing.
     — Bunky Green, alto saxophone legend

…trumpeter Ray Callender (obviously influenced by Freddie Hubbard), at one moment delivering urgent coiling lines of improvisation and at the next retreating to draw attention to a softened final note.
     — Don Williamson, JazzReview Magazine

…brooding hard-bop led by Ray Callender’s supercool trumpet…
     — Cadence Magazine

Primary InstrumentTrumpet

LocationJacksonville, FL

Credentials/BackgroundMusic teacher at numerous private schools in Jacksonville
Former administrator and teacher for First Coast Community Music School at Florida State College
3 years experience teaching music in Duval County Public Schools Currently on faculty at Morris Music Academy in Jacksonville and the Friese Studio of Music in St. Marys, GA

Clinic/Workshop InformationJazz improvisation: Imitate, Assimilate, and Innovate
Trumpet fundamentals: Effortless Efficiency Through Daily Practice

1972 Schilke B7, 1951 Martin Committee trumpet, Couesnon Paris flugelhorn (with GR/Melk leadpipe) and Austin Custom Brass (ACB) mouthpieces
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