Take Five With John Raymond

Take Five With John Raymond
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Meet John Raymond:
John Raymond has been making a name for himself as one of the most promising, up-and-coming jazz musicians in New York. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, John performs regularly with musicians such as Billy Hart
Billy Hart
Billy Hart
b.1940
drums
, Orrin Evans
Orrin Evans
Orrin Evans
b.1975
piano
, Linda Oh
Linda Oh
Linda Oh

bass
, Ethan Iverson
Ethan Iverson
Ethan Iverson
b.1973
piano
and Gilad Hekselman
Gilad Hekselman
Gilad Hekselman
b.1983
guitar
among others. He has recently been a featured artist at the NYC Winter Jazz Festival as well as the FONT Festival, and has also performed at notable events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and on NPR's Toast of the Nation New Year's Eve celebration. His latest album Foreign Territory (Fresh Sound/New Talent) includes an all-star cast of musicians including legendary drummer Billy Hart, pianist Dan Tepfer
Dan Tepfer
Dan Tepfer
b.1982
piano
and bassist Joe Martin
Joe Martin
Joe Martin
b.1970
bass, acoustic
. The album contains mostly original music of which his composition "Deeper" was recently chosen as a winner of the 2015 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award presented by ASCAP.

Instrument(s):
Trumpet.

Teachers and/or influences?
John McNeil
John McNeil
John McNeil

trumpet
, Art Farmer
Art Farmer
Art Farmer
1928 - 1999
flugelhorn
, Ron Miles
Ron Miles
Ron Miles

trumpet
, Kenny Wheeler
Kenny Wheeler
Kenny Wheeler
1930 - 2014
trumpet
, Lee Konitz
Lee Konitz
Lee Konitz
b.1927
sax, alto
.

Your teaching approach:
I challenge students to grow as well-rounded musicians beyond what they know they can do, as well as seek to cultivate their character as they pursue music.

Favorite venue:
Smalls Jazz Club.

Did you know...
I not so secretly cheer for the Green Bay Packers.

CDs you are listening to now:
Art Farmer, Art;
Ron Miles, Circuit Rider;
Mark Turner
Mark Turner
Mark Turner
b.1965
sax, tenor
, Dharma Days;
Myra Melford
Myra Melford
Myra Melford
b.1957
piano
, Snowy Egret;
Jim Hall
Jim Hall
Jim Hall
1930 - 2013
guitar
, These Rooms.

Desert Island picks:
Brad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau
b.1970
piano
, Live;
Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown
1930 - 1956
trumpet
, With Strings;
Miles Davis, The Complete Concert and Four & More;
Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
b.1952
saxophone
, Trio Fascination;
Kenny Wheeler, Gnu High.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Continued, relentless pursuit of growth by musicians to create music that engages audiences in a memorable way, jazz club owners that desire to make their clubs about the music first, and patronage from the public to support musicians in creating music that is beneficial for the global community of people.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
I heard a bootleg of Nicholas Payton
Nicholas Payton
Nicholas Payton
b.1973
trumpet
live at the Dakota Jazz Club in St. Paul, Minnesota in the early 2000's. I still remember where I was when I heard it!

Your sound and approach to music
Modern reimagining of classic/straight ahead jazz

Your dream band
I always try to bring musicians together who are open to the music going in lots of different directions as well as have a similar vision for the music we're playing, yet complement each other in unique ways to bring different things out of each other. Bill Frisell
Bill Frisell
Bill Frisell
b.1951
guitar
and Brian Blade
Brian Blade
Brian Blade
b.1970
drums
are two that come to mind.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
Being a subtle and understated trumpet player.

What is in the near future?
I'll be touring some with my quartet, as well as releasing and album and touring in the Fall with my "Roots" Trio—a new band of mine including Gilad Hekselman and Colin Stranahan. I'm also learning how to be a dad -my daughter Nora was born on February 17, 2015!

By Day:
Teaching at the United Nations International School.

Photo Credit: Eric Ryan Anderson

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