John Raymond is making a name for himself as one of the most promising, genre-bending musicians in jazz today. With a singular voice as a trumpeter, flugelhornist and composer, Raymond is “steering jazz in the right direction” (Downbeat Magazine) by pushing its boundaries, seamlessly incorporating indie-rock, folk and electronic influences into his music. “This is jazz, yes, but jazz with an open mind. (Something Else). He has performed with jazz artists such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Billy Hart, Linda Oh, and Dave King, and has also recorded or performed with Sara Bareilles, Cory Wong and S. Carey.
Raymond has released six albums under his own name since 2012 - four with his primary band Real Feels - each receiving praise from Stereogum, the New York Times, Downbeat, JazzTimes and more. He has also participated played and composed for Grammy-nominated recordings, the most recent being the Orrin Evans Captain Black Big Band album Presence in 2018. In addition to being a recognized player and composer, Raymond has established himself as a sought-after educator, both as Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Indiana University, and as an active guest clinician & soloist at schools around the world.
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Electrifyingly new and strangely familiar at the same time. (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)
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)
Willing to teach
Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet
Jacobs School of Music