JOHN RAYMOND & REAL FEELS
John Raymond is making a name for himself as one of the most promising, genre-bending musicians in jazz today. With a singular voice as a trumpeter, flugelhornist and composer, Raymond is “steering jazz in the right direction” (Downbeat Magazine) by pushing its boundaries, seamlessly incorporating indie-rock, folk and electronic influences into his music. “This is jazz, yes, but jazz with an open mind." (Something Else).
Raymond’s primary band Real Feels is a unique, bass-less trio which includes rising stars Gilad Hekselman (guitar), Colin Stranahan (drums) and Raymond on trumpet & flugelhorn. For the Minnesota native, the idea of developing a band was nothing new. In fact, Raymond’s most formative years were spent learning from and being a part of numerous local jazz and indie-rock bands, each dedicated to serving the song rather than improvising for improvising sake. Bringing these Midwestern sensibilities to the formation of Real Feels, the band developed a unique identity from the moment they first played together.
Raymond has released four albums with the group since it's inception in 2014, each receiving critical acclaim from Stereogum, Downbeat, the New York Times, and more. Their music combines cinematic original compositions with fresh takes on familiar songs by artists such as Radiohead, Bob Dylan, and Bon Iver. Warm, lyrical melodies are complemented by an infusion of electronics and effects, giving the group a sound that is entirely accessible and relevant. Add to this their unique instrumentation and the deep chemistry between the musicians, and it’s no surprise that Real Feels is one of the hottest new groups in jazz today.