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Nathan Breedlove

Nathan Breedlove - leader of The nu Trio, is a twice Grammy-nominated® trumpeter and composer. Born a military brat in Fort Lewis, WA., his musical heritage began in Memphis, TN. At the age of ten he started classical piano lessons and harmony studies under Mrs Elmira L. Cole (also taught Booker T. of the MG’s). Began playing trumpet by age eleven and in high school he was the featured trumpet soloist with the ‘Norseman Jazz Ensemble’ from Hillcrest H.S. in Memphis. His band won the prestigious Mobile National High School Jazz Festival competition, making them the top high school jazz band in America. He toured Romania in the summer of 1973 for three weeks and visited Paris for the first time. Nathan then attended University of Memphis on a music scholarship under the tutelage of future Art Blakey alums; James Williams(had just graduated), Donald Brown and Mulgrew Miller.

Afterwards Breedlove resided in Tacoma and Seattle where he spent two years as a member of Onyx, Seattle's top funk band. He then played with local jazz artists including Buddy Catlett, Floyd Standifer, Jabbo Ward, Quentin 'Sonny' Booker, Julian Priester and others. Afterwards he performed in Los Angeles at Marla's Memory Lane with Bobby Watson, John Hicks, Jimmie Cleveland, Curtis Lundy and Kenny Washington. Nathan then formed a quintet with Hadley Caliman which lasted from 1986- 1990. The band made three recordings, none of which were released.

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”Nathan Breedlove displays great jazz chops at a time before he came to front the popular Skatalites. His trumpet sounds great, falling onto the spirit of the undertaking from the onset. Listen to how his solo on “Rob” sustains the rowdy flights of Moondoc's cadenza, then how he finishes by suddenly breaking into a bump-and-grind riff, underscoring the unseriousness at the heart of the number.” - Lou Kannenstine, Eremite Records.

“They're extremely talented; Wallace Roney can play his ass of; Wynton, Terence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, and this guy Nathan Breedlove.” - Lester Bowie, Downbeat July 1992.

“Under-recorded Breedlove is suprisingly agile and charmingly ragged, with a clear debt to Don Cherry and Bobby Bradford.” - Steve Loewy, All Music Guide

“As expected, the Skatalites put on one of the best sets of this year's New Orleans Jazz Fest

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