"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)
"This is jazz, yes, but jazz with an open mind." (Something Else)
John Raymond - flugelhorn
Gilad Hekselman - guitar
Colin Stranahan - drums
Recently voted as a Rising Star Trumpeter in the Downbeat Magazine Critic's Poll, John Raymond has been making a name for himself as one of the most promising, up-and-coming jazz musicians in the world. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, John has performed with some of most well-respected names in jazz including Billy Hart, Orrin Evans, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Linda Oh among others.
His latest album "Real Feels" was released to widespread acclaim, including a ★★★★1/2 Downbeat review and was included on the Best Jazz Albums of 2016 by Stereogum.
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, Paul Simon, 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.
The group released two albums in 2016, both garnering critical acclaim from Downbeat Magazine, the New York Times, JazzTimes and others as well as being named one of the top jazz albums of 2016 by Stereogum. Tonight will celebrate the release of Raymond's newest Real Feels album, Joy Ride, which will be released on February 9 on Sunnyside Records.
For more information, please visit John’s website www.johnraymondmusic.net