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Ian Carey

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). He studied trumpet with Sacramento jazz icon Tom Peron and spent many evenings soaking up the sounds of local musicians including Jessica Williams, Joe Gilman, Jimmy Robinson, and Bud Spangler. Two years of classical trumpet studies at the University of Nevada in Reno gave Carey the opportunity to play with visiting artists Eddie Daniels and Ernie Watts, and with the Reno Philharmonic. Transferring to The New School in New York City in 1994, he studied trumpet with Cecil Bridgewater, Vincent Penzarella, Charles Tolliver, Laurie Frink, and John McNeil, and composition with Bill Kirchner, Henry Martin, and Maria Schneider. He honed his improvisational chops in small group classes with Joanne Brackeen, Andrew Cyrille, Billy Harper, and Reggie Workman, and during the next seven years he had opportunities to perform with a diverse group of players including Ravi Coltrane, Ted Curson, Eddie Bert, Gregoire Maret, Loren Schoenberg, Rory Stuart, Marion Brown, Ali Jackson, Aaron Alexander, and Eugene Osborne Smith

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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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Primary Instrument

Trumpet

Location

San Francisco

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

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). IMPROVISATION & HARMONY

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Interview Music: A Suite For Quintet+1

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Kabocha Records
2016

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Duocracy

Duocracy

Kobocha Records
2014

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Roads & Codes

Roads & Codes

Kabocha Records
2013

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Contextualizin'

Contextualizin'

Kabocha Records
2010

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Sink/Swim

Sink/Swim

Kabocha Records
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Contextualizin'

Contextualizin'

Ian Carey
Contextualizin'

Thirteen

Thirteen

Ian Carey
Sink/Swim

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