"Electrifyingly new and strangely familiar at the same time...with his mix of modern sounds and old-fashioned feeling, Raymond is steering jazz in the right direction." (Downbeat Magazine)
Recently voted as a Rising Star Trumpeter in the Downbeat Magazine Critic's Poll, John Raymond has been making a name for himself as one of the most promising, up-and-coming jazz musicians in the world. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, John has performed with some of most well-respected names in jazz including Billy Hart, Orrin Evans, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ethan Iverson, and Linda Oh among others. His latest album "Real Feels" was released to widespread acclaim, including a ★★★★1/2 Downbeat review and was included on the Best Jazz Albums of 2016 by Stereogum.
His newest band, the "Jazz Is Now" trio, includes two of the most in-demand jazz musicians based in the Twin Cities - pianist Bryan Nichols and drummer JT Bates. With a unique trumpet-piano-drums configuration, the group explores new sonic landscapes that incorporate rock, folk and electronic influences together with their foundation in jazz music. The result is both an accessible and experimental sound that poignantly represents the current times, and their music is sure to resonate with everyone who comes to it with an open mind.