"Electrifyingly new and strangely familiar at the same time. Raymond is steering jazz in the right direction." (Downbeat Magazine)
"This is jazz, yes, but jazz with an open mind." (Something Else)
Recently voted as a Rising Star Trumpeter in the Downbeat Magazine Critic's Poll, New York-based trumpeter John Raymond has been making a name for himself as one of the most promising, up-and-coming jazz musicians in the world. Raymond has performed with some of most well-respected names in jazz including Billy Hart, Orrin Evans, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Linda Oh among others. Since 2012 he has released five albums to widespread acclaim from the New York Times, Stereogum, JazzTimes, Downbeat and more.
Raymond's trio Real Feels is a unique band that includes rising stars Gilad Hekselman (guitar) and Colin Stranahan (drums). With a unique flugelhorn/guitar/drums instrumentation, the group combines indie-rock and folk-influenced original music with fresh takes on familiar songs by artists like Bob Dylan, Thom Yorke, Bon Iver, Lennon/McCartney and more. The music undoubtedly evokes a nostalgia for the past, however "Real Feels" is far from being antiquated. The band's improvisational, free-wheeling, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of approach to the music makes the songs feel entirely relevant and has made them one of the hottest new groups in jazz music today.
Tonight will celebrate the release of Raymond's newest Real Feels album Joy Ride, which was released in February on Sunnyside Records. For more information please visit www.johnraymondmusic.net
John Raymond - flugelhorn
Gilar Hekselman - guitar
Colin Stranahan - drums