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Brian Culbertson

Even though Brian Culbertson might be categorized as jazz lite, his music has enough "oomph" to keep you interested. The talented composer, arranger, keyboardist, and trombonist displayed a talent beyond his years at an early age, and credits his dad with helping him develop an ear for the type of music he makes. His father, Jim Culbertson, a respected high school jazz band director and trumpeter, cultivated a love of sanguine sounds in the young Brian, who eagerly listened to anything his dad put on the stereo. Their Decatur, Illinois, home would be alive with the recorded sounds of Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, the Brecker Brothers, and David Sanborn. Growing up, Culbertson also listened to '70s R&B/pop/funk bands like Blood, Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, and Earth, Wind & Fire. He began his musical training at the age of eight with piano lessons; at nine he moved to drums, at ten trombone, and at 12 bass. Bored with classical recital pieces, he began composing in junior high. By his freshman year in high school, he was experimenting with the then-new Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer and an old four-track recorder in the basement of his parents' home. His dedication earned him six individual and five group Down Beat student awards.

During his high school years, he started getting into MIDI sequencing and synthesizers. He couldn't find players who were able to play his songs on the level he wanted, as most of his peers were into heavy metal, so Culbertson, who cites pop producer/songwriter David Foster (Earth, Wind & Fire's "After the Love Is Gone") as one of his strongest influences, learned how to play all the parts himself. After graduation, Culbertson headed to Chicago to begin studies in the music program at DePaul University. On campus, he began to run into high-level musicians and started playing in a band. A family friend helped Culbertson get a deal with Mesa/Blue Moon in 1994. In the bedroom of the apartment he shared with three college buddies, Culbertson single-handedly recorded his debut album, Long Night Out. The album spent ten consecutive weeks in the Top Five of the adult contemporary charts. On his follow-up album, Modern Life, Culbertson eschewed the one-man band approach in favor of a live band made up of some of the best musicians in Chicago, plus stellar saxophonist Gerald Albright.

He's since put out several other albums, including After Hours (1995), Secrets (1997), and Somethin' Bout Love (1999). Culbertson's productions include albums by Bob Mamet and Steve Cole. Having gotten into composing advertising jingles, Culbertson set his sights on soundtracks. In 2001 the pianist (who could play the trombone, trumpet, and percussion as well) released Nice & Slow, followed by Come on Up in 2003. Two years later he issued It's on Tonight, and in 2006 Soulful Christmas, a collection of holiday favorites as well as an original. In 2008 Culbertson released Bringing Back the Funk, an acclaimed album that is credited with bringing new life to the urban jazz genre. It featured a sizable list of collaborators including Bootsy Collins, Larry Graham, Ray Parker, Jr., and David T. Walker, just to name a few. He followed it with a live album in 2009 and XII, a return to the studio, in 2010. In June of 2012, Culbertson released Dreams, his 13th album, featuring a host of all-star contemporary jazz and R&B session players and vocalists. Later that year he set about realizing a dream project.

Now an independent artist, Culbertson had long desired to revisit the music from his 1994 debut offering, A Long Night Out, which was initially cut in his apartment on a very limited budget. He played most of the instruments himself but also enlisted a small backing group. In 2013 he re-recorded the same tracks, with a large all-star lineup that included Nathan East, Russ Freeman, Steve Lukather, and Candy Dulfer, to name a few, plus a 33-piece orchestra. Entitled Another Long Night Out, it was issued on his own BCM label in February of 2014. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi
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janewayne454 7
Absolutely amazing work BC. Very smooth.
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Smoovvvve
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I miss my coyote.
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Absolutely amazing
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This dude is so freaking cool!! His music is so smooth, it just takes me away. His talent is undeniable! You rock, Brian.
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Very smooth, Brian Culbertson
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Talk about mood music for a romantic evening!!! YESSSSS!! Also to answer the questions in the song, I will answer for the ladies; WE WOULD LOVE IT! ;-)
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From the word Go I Liked You. And I know your sound. You Go Baby!!!!!!!! Love ya. Janjan
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Very relaxing and has the touch of the right kind of music you're looking for at night
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Brian is so freaking cool. OMG. The horns and strings with that 70s groove. Killin' it. Too bad I live on the east coast. He seldom comes this way.
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Finally ... Will get to see Brian in concert in April. Looking forward to the musical journey.
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Just get's better with time, like a smooth vintage, every time you take part on this musical journey, you hear something different all the time, love it !!!!
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dr.ericjacks o n
BC is always so Smooth. However, his concerts are much better
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Doubt Brian will ever come this way - Gallup, NM - but maybe not too far away? Sure hope so!
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Brian is my all time favorite smooth jazz artist. When is he coming to Boston, MA. Would love to see him and hear him play. Outstanding! ! !
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Love your music Brian, so have a blessed Thanksgiving !
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BC is a smooth Cat! He and his Band put on a superb live shows....
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This Boy is Baaad As Hell!!! You can make lots of Babies listening to this Cat!!! :-)
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Saw Brian last year in New Haven.... backward keyboard!!!! ! .... mega-talente d ! !
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graduate02
Always a treat to hear. I can recall the first time I heard him. Iwas approaching the amphitheater on Catalina Is. and I heard this amazing soulful artist playing and singing, I just knew it had to be a brotha! It was a Brotha alright!!! Brian Culbertson is bomb!! I imeediately came home and bought every CD of his I could get my hands on. I know have attended the San Diego jazz festival when he was there, the Arizona Jazz festival and will now look forward to going to his festival in Napa
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Just saw him for first time at AZ Jazz Festival, he shut it down! Amazingly talented!
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So smooth, infected with JUST the right amount of funk.....
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So glad that I found this artist. Up there in the top as far as I'm concerned. Keep the great tunes coming Brian.
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clcsilver50
Saw him for the 1st time last week in Atlanta - what a wonderful entertainer and proficient musician. Thanks to WCLK - 91.9 from Clark Atlanta for the hook-up! He will be on my music rotation from now on.
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Typo:what the doctor ordered:sorr y oxoxox!!!
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Brian....roc k e d Buffalo State last year!!!!! Hurry back!!!!!!
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Oh so smooth, yet, it's powerful. What a combo.
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He can burn up a keyboard.
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Brian is Awesome and Sexy, Show in Lakewood, NJ was Great!!
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hbabies
Love. Brian had the pleasure if meeting Brian and his dad. At Winter Park Jazz Fest. Love your music. Marie of Denver, Co
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pattiaka
OMG! He was on FIRE at the Las Vegas Jazz Festival! He was INCREDIBLE!
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I really like Brian Culbertson look forward to seeing him when he come to Chene park
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Very nice and smoothly to the soul make me sang to this warm sound be at music just love it.
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Brian Culbertson is the sh-- saw him many times! If u haven't seen him...it's a must
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DREAMING OF YOU! Yes I am,whom ever you will be,yes,I'm dreaming of thee!
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A true musician.
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How can one man be so funky and yet so smooth?!? His multi-instru m e n t a l talent knows no boundaries. You gotta check out Another Long Night Out!
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Lite but smooth
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ljcbc
The Napa Valley Jazz Getaway Brian developed and performed in was one of my all time favorite smooth jazz festivals and Brian was at the heart of everything.
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He is sooooo GOOD!!!!
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Brian Culbertson is the best. The old school better take notes!
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It's on tonight! love this tune!
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excellent
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dr.ericjacks o n
BC is outstanding! ! !
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Brian Culbertson's performance last night at Chene Park in the D was outstanding, with the beautiful weather and fabulous back drop, which of course was off the water; it was a perfect evening to celebrate 20 years of being in the mix...keep on keeping on!!!
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U ROCK, Mr. Culbertson!! ! ! ! :-) :-D =-O :-D :-) AWESOMENESS with FEET!!!!! :-D :-D =-O :-) :-)
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Not a jazz fan but my husband is but I enjoyed you at the Columbus Ohio jazz and rib festival a couple of weeks ago!
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Wow wow
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Wow, this music describes it's title perfectly!! Brian you're a BAD brother. Love your style.
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ON and ON !
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