Labeled a prepossessing young trumpet player (New York Times), John Raymond has established himself as one of the most promising, up-and-coming jazz musicians in New York. Rooted in both traditional and modern forms, John's music incorporates jazz, classical, folk and indie-rock influences. Recently selected by Downbeat Magazine's Critics Poll for the Trumpet Rising Star category, he has collaborated with musicians such as Billy Hart, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Orrin Evans, Linda Oh, Ethan Iverson, Dan Tepfer and Gilad Hekselman among others. He has also recorded with Grammy-nominated singer Sara Bareilles, Dove Award-winning producer Darnell Davis, and performed at events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and on NPR's 'Toast of the Nation.'
John's album Foreign Territory, released in April 2015, received critical acclaim from the New York Times, Downbeat Magazine and others. Of note, his composition “Deeper” was chosen as a winner of the 2015 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award presented by ASCAP. His latest album Real Feels also received glowing reviews from many major publications (including a ★★★★ 1/2 star review from DownBeat Magazine), and was celebrated with a 24-city CD release tour in 2016.
John has also established himself as a sought after educator in New York and beyond. He currently teaches at the United Nations International School in New York, and he is also an active guest clinician & soloist at schools around the world such as the University of North Texas, Oberlin College, the Brubeck Institute, New Trier High School, and Lawrence University among others.
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Electrifyingly new and strangely familiar at the same time. With his mix of modern sounds and old-fashioned feeling, Raymond is steering jazz in the right direction. (Downbeat Magazine)
A prepossessing young trumpet player (New York Times)
The unpredictability and unaffected assurance of Minneapolis-born trumpeter John Raymond’s flexible lines have made him one of the most compelling new talents to come along in a while. (Arts Fuse)
Possessing a forte that few seasoned musicians have attained...a brilliant talent whose luminosity is endless (Birmingham Times)
Raymond's trumpet voice immediately separates him from the pack (All About Jazz)
A rapidly maturing artist with his own artistic vision. (Jazz Police)
This is jazz, yes, but jazz with a very open mind. (Something Else)
Raymond leads the way with sure-handed tonality and this band can easily become one of the hallmark groups in the business. (New York City Jazz Record)
New York City
Faculty at United Nations International School (trumpet lessons, Director of Middle
School Jazz Band)
Guest Clinician for high schools and universities around the world.