(photo credit: Chris Baker)
Chad McCullough is one of the most in-demand jazz trumpet performers today. Honoring the tradition of Black American Music, and pushing boundaries with many of the top collaborators on the scene, his ensembles are frequently featured on festivals and concert series throughout the world.
Excerpt from a concert of new works composed by Chad McCullough, inspired by the compositional style of Olivier Messiaen. March 18th, 2022; South Bend, IN. Featuring Chad McCullough, trumpet; Larry Kohut, bass; Jon Deitemyer, drums.
Chad McCullough Group. Original composition "Oak Park" inspired by the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. From the album "Forward" released internationally in 2020 ("Best Jazz Releases of 2020" -Chicago Tribune). Performed live at Fulton Street Collective for the album release concert.
"Water Tower Sunset" - an original composition from my album "Forward" including orchestrations added post-recording by Ryan Cohan. Featuring Chad McCullough, trumpet; Rob Clearfield, piano; Matt Ulery, bass; Jon Deitemyer, drums
The work samples showcase just a few different avenues I have used to carry out my vision - both as a composer and as a performer. I frequently collaborate with many of the finest musicians on the scene in the United States, Europe, and Canada. The pieces are of contrasting compositional output, and relate to the myriad of styles I frequently enjoy both composing and improvising in.
I have performed around the world at jazz festivals and concert series events, and have been fortunate to do so with many of the finest musicians and collaborators. I have been lucky to get to perform with some of the original creators of jazz music, and try to honor that tradition, while pushing the genre forward.
My artistic vision is to carry the torch of tradition in improvised jazz music, while honoring the legacy of those who created it. At the same time, I do not intend to be stagnant, and hope that I can push boundaries - stylistically and formally - while still creating art that moves and inspires people.
Programs for Specific Audience(s) Expertise
I have frequently given talks / masterclasses on improvisation to music students of all ages and skill levels. I have related jazz and improvisation on the bandstand to corporate structure and flexibility in the workplace, and have presented on audience engagement and what to listen for, and how to be an active participant as an audience member in the creative process.
Chad McCullough Group
2952 N. Clark St #3
Chicago, IL 60657
$750 - $2,000