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Chad McCullough

Heralded for his “solos of mercurial poetry and high craft.” (Chicago Tribune) Chicago-based trumpeter/composer Chad McCullough is active throughout the world. Dan McClenaghan writes, “He is a rare instrumentalist who makes each note sound as if it were imbued with a deeper meaning. Certainly a player with great chops, his approach is one that is measured and deliberate, often introspective, sometimes gorgeously melancholic, and one that employs a continuity of mood and atmosphere …”

His latest album, Forward will be released in the Fall of 2020. Featuring the stellar trio of Matt Ulery, Rob Clearfield, and Jon Deitemyer, with post-production and programming by Ryan Cohan, it will be available on the Outside In Music label. Stay tuned for release updates.

His bands have performed at many festivals, including the Festival of New Trumpet Music (New York), the GG Jazz Festival (Russia), Chicago Jazz Festival, The Earshot Jazz Festival (Seattle), Halifax Jazz Festival, and The Appeltuin Jazz Festival (Belgium). His albums have been released internationally on Origin Records, ears&eyes records, Monks and Thieves, and Shifting Paradigm. He’s a frequent collaborator with many musicians/ensembles, including groups with; Bram Weijters, Matt Ulery, Roger Ingram, Dana Hall, Ryan Shultz, Luke Malewicz, James Davis, Rob Clearfield, and Tim Hagans and has performed with Maria Schneider, Miguel Zenon, Stafford James, Michael Shrieve, Avishai Cohen, Kendrick Scott, Claudio Roditi, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Charles Tolliver, Ambrose Akinmuserie, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, and many more.

Chad holds a M.M. from the University of Washington, and a B.M. from the University of Idaho, where he was a Lionel Hampton Scholar, and was the first student to graduate with a jazz emphasis on his degree. In 2009 he participated in the jazz & creative music workshop at the Banff Centre in Canada. He was awarded a DCASE grant for an intensive study with Grammy-nominated trumpeter Tim Hagans from the City of Chicago, and is currently on the jazz faculty at DePaul University and the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Chad plays custom AR Resonance mouthpieces and trumpets, and a Hub Van Laar flugelhorn.

Awards

2009 Creative Music Workshop - Banff Centre, Canada
2006 Artist Endorsement - New York Trumpet Company
2002 Outstanding College Soloists - Trumpet; Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Gear

Bb Trumpet: Bach 72, Reeves Valve Alignment, M/K Drawing Slides. Flugelhorn: NYTC Classic


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"Trumpeter Chad McCullough comes out blazing with a new CD that cleverly captures the sound of Jazz today. Accompanied by an A-Team of Seattle's best, McCullough presents a well balanced program of what I call "Music for Adults". There is nothing light weight associated with this production... yes, this is The Real Deal! A must have CD."
—Ray Vega

"...warm, lyrical..."
—Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

"**** Reccomended"
—Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

"...a thoughtful improviser with technique to spare... an impressive first round for one of Seattle's young musical gems."
—John Barron, All About Jazz

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Primary Instrument

Trumpet

Location

Seattle

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

I've taught private lessons for over 15 years, with many of my students ranking at top levels at festivals and competitions.

Clinic/Workshop Information

I've worked with Elementary - College bands, as well as choirs, running clinics ranging on topics from improvisation, breathing, rehearsal methods, how to practice, Jazz history, jazz tradition, articulation, rhythm section rehearsals... Chad has been a clinician for several festivals and schools, including: Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Edmonds Jazz Connection Kentridge HS Tyee HS Kentlake HS Mountlake Terrace HS

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Forward

Outside in Music
2020

buy

journeys spaces...

Independent Records
2016

buy

Abstract Quantities

Origin Records
2015

buy

Urban Nightingale

Origin Classical
2012

buy

URBAN NIGHTINGALE

Origin Records
2012

buy

IMAGINARY SKETCHES

Origin Records
2011

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Imaginary Folk Song

From: Imaginary Sketches
By Chad McCullough

Urban Grassland

From: The Sky Cries
By Chad McCullough

Three Pillars

From: Dark Wood, Dark Water
By Chad McCullough

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