Chad McCullough

Heralded for his “solos of mercurial poetry and high craft.” (Chicago Tribune) Chicago-based trumpeter/composer Chad McCullough is active throughout the world. Dan McClenaghan writes, “He is a rare instrumentalist who makes each note sound as if it were imbued with a deeper meaning. Certainly a player with great chops, his approach is one that is measured and deliberate, often introspective, sometimes gorgeously melancholic, and one that employs a continuity of mood and atmosphere …” His bands have performed at many festivals, including the Festival of New Trumpet Music (New York), the GG Jazz Festival (Russia), Chicago Jazz Festival, and his albums have been released internationally on Origin Records, ears&eyes records, Monks and Thieves, and Shifting Paradigm. He’s a frequent collaborator with many musicians/ensembles, including groups with Bram Weijters, Matt Ulery, Ryan Shultz, and has recorded with Tim Hagans. He is currently on faculty in the jazz departments at DePaul University and UW-Madison.

“A soothing, alluringly edifying and gorgeous listening experience.” – All About Jazz

“Weijters and McCullough balance their interaction with groove and musicality as they string each song into a multifaceted gem of an album.” – Nextbop

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