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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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
Willing to teach
Ian Carey has been a private music instructor for over twenty years, and has been a
visiting instructor at Stanford University and The Jazzschool at California Jazz
Conservatory. He is currently accepting students of all ages and levels for lessons in
the following areas:
TRUMPET, including jazz or classical focus. Ian's background includes studies with
noted trumpet performers and educators including Vincent Penzarella (of the New
York Philharmonic), the late Laurie Frink (New York trumpet guru and student of the
legendary Carmine Caruso), John McNeil (author of The Art of Jazz Trumpet
andFlexus), Jay Rizzetto (of the San Francisco Ballet and Opera), Larry Engstrom (of
the Reno Philharmonic) as well as noted jazz performers Cecil Bridgewater (of the
Max Roach Quintet, Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie), Tom Peron (Jessica Williams,
Peron/Spangler Quintet), and Charles Tolliver (Jackie McLean, McCoy Tyner).
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