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 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 and Downbeat.
Raymond’s trio, Real Feels, is a unique band that includes rising stars Gilad Hekselman on guitar and Colin Stranahan on 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.
Raymond is celebrating the release of his newest Real Feels album, Joy Ride.