John Raymond, Aaron Hedenstrom, Javier Santiago, Graydon Peterson, Pete James Johnson

John Raymond

Aaron Hedenstrom

Javier Santiago

Graydon Peterson

Pete James Johnson

Sun · October 15, 2017

7:00 pm


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John Raymond
John Raymond
John Raymond is a jazz trumpeter, composer and educator living in New York City.
Recently selected by Downbeat Magazine's Critics Poll for the Trumpet "Rising Star" category, John has collaborated with musicians such as Billy Hart, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Orrin Evans, Linda Oh, Ethan Iverson, Dan Tepfer and Gilad Hekselman among others. John's latest album "Real Feels" was released to critical acclaim from the New York Times, Downbeat Magazine and others, and was celebrated with a 24-city CD release tour around the USA and Canada in early 2016.

John was a recipient of the 2015 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer award presented by ASCAP. John is also a devoted educator, teaching at the United Nations International School and as an active guest artist and clinician at high schools and universities around the world.

"With his warm, vibrant tone and near-flawless articulation, Raymond's solos jump out of the mix with clarity and grace. They avoid needless flourishes and extraneous ideas, captivating instead with their sincerity and wit." (Downbeat Magazine)

"A prepossessing young trumpet player..." (New York Times)
Aaron Hedenstrom
Aaron Hedenstrom
Saxophonist and composer Aaron
Hedenstrom has performed across the United
States as a jazz saxophonist, clinician, and
Aaron has written numerous big band
works, string arrangements, small group
pieces, and chamber works. Some of his
collaborations have included saxophonist Bob
Reynolds, the University of North Texas One
O'Clock Lab Band, vocalist Marlene Verplanck,
vocalist Don Most and Starbucks artist of the
week S. Carey.
As a saxophone performing artist,
Aaron has been featured as a guest artist by
universities such as University of Wisconsin
Eau Claire, Wichita State University and
Eastern Washington University.
Javier Santiago
Javier Santiago
Javier Santiago is a powerful young artist with a strong vision. Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, he grew up surrounded by strong artistic support. He was given a strong musical background by his jazz musician parents, as well as stalwarts of the local jazz community. Javier started playing piano at the age of 5, and was classically trained until he discovered his love of jazz music at the age of 11. In high school, he was a prominent player in the Minneapolis/St. Paul music scene. It was around this time that he started composing and working on his music production skills. While still in high school, he organized his own quintet and produced two albums. He also won the Schubert Club Jazz Piano Competition two years in a row.

In 2007, Javier was selected by the great Dave Brubeck and a panel of judges to be a part of the Brubeck Institute Fellowship program at the University of the Pacific in California. It was there that Javier was able to learn from some of the greatest musicians in the world; Christian McBride, Robert Glasper, Eric Harland, Joe Gilman, Nicholas Payton, Joshua Redman, Geoffrey Keezer and Jeff Ballard to name a few. While at the Brubeck Institute, Javier was fortunate enough to play at venues all across the nation such as the Detroit Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center and Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., IAJE, and Yoshi’s in Oakland.
The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (’08-’09) was awarded Best College Group Of the Year in DownBeat Magazine two years in a row (2009 and 2010).

In 2011, Javier was selected to participate in the 14th Annual Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program. The intensive residency program took place at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. It was there that Javier studied with Curtis Fuller, George Cables, Winard Harper, Dr. Nathan Davis, and other jazz heavyweights.

Javier received his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Piano Performance in late 2011 at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC. Since then, he has been playing gigs regularly in NYC at venues such as Smalls Jazz Club, 55 Bar, The Iridium, and several others. He also was a finalist in the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition. Javier is not limited to just playing the piano. He is also a prolific composer. His work is an eclectic blend of Jazz, R&B, Rock, Hip Hop and everything in between. Javier is also a teacher, arranger, and producer.
Graydon Peterson
Graydon Peterson
Graydon Peterson is one of the backbones of the jazz scene in the Twin Cities. Known as a guy who excels at many styles, Graydon has played with the Twin Cities’ top jazz singers and modern jazz groups, and has toured around the United States. He’s a top-call player who up until now, has been content hanging out in the shadows. Well, Graydon grabbed the pen and paper and what emerged were weird time signatures, beautiful melodies and hard grooves. Graydon’s tunes evoke a wide variety of emotions and energies, stretching what we know as “modern jazz” to it’s limit.
Pete James Johnson
Pete James Johnson
Pete James Johnson is a Minnesota native now living in Los Angeles – but still calls Minnesota his home. He plays in groups in both California and Minnesota. Currently he plays with the Grammy award winning Bob Mintzer Big Band, in addition he works with Russell Ferrante, Alan Pasqua and trumpeter, Ambrose Akinmusire. Many of my favorite musicians to play with are in Minnesota and it is a treat to come home and play with them!
Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Room at Crooners
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432