JOHN RAYMOND & REAL FEELS
John Raymond & Real Feels: John Raymond- flugelhorn, Gilad Hekselman- guitar, Colin Stranahan- drums.
NOW BOOKING (2019):
FEBRUARY 21, 22, 24, 25 (USA - WEST COAST)
MARCH 30 - APRIL 4 (EUROPE)
ALSO ACCEPTING TOUR DATES FOR SUMMER AND FALL OF 2019.
ALBUM RELEASE: “Real Feels Live Vol. 2” OUT JANUARY 18, 2019 ON SUNNYSIDE RECORDS
With a singular voice on the trumpet and flugelhorn, John Raymond is making his mark as one of the most promising, up-and-coming jazz musicians in the world. Recently dubbed as a Rising Star by Downbeat Magazine, John has performed with some of most well-respected names in jazz including Orrin Evans, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Billy Hart and Linda Oh among others. He has released five albums under his own name since 2012, all of which receiving critical acclaim from the New York Times, Stereogum, Downbeat, JazzTimes and more. John has also established himself as a sought-after educator, both as the Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Indiana University and as a guest clinician and soloist at schools around the world.
Raymond's Real Feels is a bass-less trio that includes Gilad Hekselman (guitar) and Colin Stranahan (drums), and the leader on flugelhorn. Together, they incorporate indie-rock, folk and electronic influences to both riveting original music and fresh takes on recognizable songs by artists such as Bob Dylan, Thom Yorke, Bon Iver, Paul Simon and more. Regardless of material, the band's improvisational, free-wheeling, “keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat” approach to the music makes each experience with Real Feels a new and captivating experience. It’s no surprise that they are one of the hottest, up-and-coming groups in jazz today.
"Raymond is steering jazz in the right direction." (Downbeat)
"This is jazz, yes, but jazz with an open mind." (Something Else)
“A prepossessing young trumpet player.” (New York Times)
“A vivid, joyous feeling that’s highly infectious.” (Stereogum)
“Direct emotional expression isn’t always easy to come by in jazz’s ultramodern wing, but John Raymond has made it a priority in Real Feels.” (WBGO)
“This band and this particular album make clear that true power need not come through force. Joy Ride inspires without ever adopting an athletic stance.” (All About Jazz)
“Raymond's writing retains the lyrical splendor he's been gunning for from the outset.” (Chicago Reader)
New York Times “Uncovering the Possibilities of the Familiar”, May 2015
Downbeat Interview “That Minnesota Nice”, February 2018
Downbeat 4.5 star review of “Real Feels Live Vol. 1”, March 2016
JazzTimes review of “Real Feels” and “Real Feels Live Vol. 1”, April 2017
Stereogum “Best Albums of 2016”, December 2016
NYC Jazz Record review of “Real Feels Live Vol. 1”