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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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Track List: You're My Music (Single)

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The coolest brother on this planet. Sexy, smooth, and sensual. Love you Brian and thanks for lifting my musical ear.
Carneycharle n a Culbertson concerts are AWESOME! He's smooth,funky and raw at times. You will never be disappointed !
Wow, I'm more than 6 years late on this track?! Talk about sleeping haha zzZ
The man is awesome!!!
jmoney4500
I am a sick Brian Colbertson Fan... Listening to his music makes me want to learn to play the Piano/keyboa r d s and write and arrange music... Da Bomb is what he is...
This is one of those special tracks.
I respect his extreme talent and execution. Wow. He is a musical genius who was born into the musical influences from his dad and his parent's care to nurture him w/ lessons and instruments to find, explore and launch his art creations into our human cosmos. He is living a great path toward EXTRAORDINAR Y !
Nice
dwayneconnet t
Im in love with him and this music
Ha u r great feeling n heart
Great sound, a lady in her sixties
I love Brian Culbertson. Bet he gives an awesome concert!
wonderful!!! !
Relaxation here I come!!!! "He sure can play the secret chord that david played and it pleased the lord!"
Awesomeness!
This guy gives you a craving for more smoothness
This guy is just so smooth.
.and an excellent showman !!!
Watch out,bro----- i f i like your music enuff,u will find me in your basement. B THERE IN A FEW MINUTES!!!
You have to see him in concert - he is awesome!!
That' my boy
biggriff36
You're My Music....... . L o v e it....
Never seen Brian in person, but would love to, his music is just awesome. You put on ur headset & his music puts u in a place of total relaxation. .
I've seen him a few times. Would gladly see him again and again. awesome guy and daddy too.
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mbrown12210
I've seen Brian perform in the spring at several jazz concerts, and he is truly a talented musician.
Say what really say something. Can U feel it. Uuhhh ;-)
It's so smooth nice
the man can tickle those ivorys
Music to cook by
1156035694
Love those interjected Grace notes and the jazz new age mix.
Smoove no doubt
williamcaubl e
WTF???? I just did the watch the ad and get 4 hours interrupted, an hour ago, and just got a Mazda ad! Same thing happened this morning. Pandora you lying duck suckers!
Makes that hard part of my soul soft
gardenofmone y
MYSTICAL Bryan's music is - love it all the time.
Just noticed that Norman Brown is working with this guy. OMG these guys are phenomenal when it comes to jazz.
I am a true fan forever!
Love listening to this guy!
Love this BC...what a nice spin on this!
I love Brian Culbertson! His music always make me smile.
cescily
That's right Brian, keep me dancing!
My wife and I can not get enough of his music. We are going to plan a vacation around one of his concerts this year.
This is my guy here listen to him everyday
This is the definition of smooooooth.. . . . . j a z z
Brian makes beautiful music that makes my heart happy:)
BAD A**
Not a big jazz fan but like Brian's vibe
Love the song Forever on XII.....He is soooo good!
Brian is always in my car....nice always
Just heard this talented musician for the first time on vacation. He played in Milwaukee Wi at the African American
Festival. He is truly awesome!!!!! ! !

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