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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Another Long Night Out

1. City Lights

2. Fullerton Ave.

3. Beyond The Frontier

4. Heroes Of The Dawn

5. Beautiful Liar

6. Double Exposure

7. Twilight

8. Horizon

9. Alone With You

10. Long Night Out

11. Changing Tides

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Track List: Bring Back The Funk

1. Funkin' Like My Father

2. Always Remember

3. Hollywood Swinging

4. The House Of Music

5. You Got To Funkifize

6. The Groove

8. Excuse Me... What's Your Name?

10. Let's Stay In Tonight

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Track List: It's On Tonight

1. Let's Get Started

2. Hookin' Up

3. It's On Tonight

4. Sensuality

5. The Way You Feel

6. Forbidden Love

7. Dreaming Of You

8. Wear It Out

9. Secret Affair

10. Touch Me

11. Love Will Never Let You Down

12. Reflections

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Track List: Come On Up

1. Intro

2. Say What? (feat. Steve Cole)

3. Midnight (feat. Marcus Miller & Steve Cole)

4. Playin'

5. Days Gone By

6. What Up B?

7. Serpentine Fire

8. Fly High (feat. Rahsaan Patterson)

9. Last Night (feat. Rick Braun)

10. Come On Up (feat. Norman Brown)

11. Our Love

12. Funky B

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Track List: Nice & Slow

1. Just Another Day

2. Get It On

3. Nice & Slow

4. I Could Get Used To This

5. Without Your Love

6. Someone

7. Prelude

8. Together Tonight

9. All About You

10. I Wanna Know

11. Someone (Bouns Mix)

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Track List: Dreams

2. Your Smile

4. Later Tonight

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Track List: You're My Music (Single)

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Cool jazz and smokin' hot musician!���
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Love this song and he is hot too!!
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kennybrew43
Brian music is strong yet smoothly heroically mannish. Great music like keeps you thinking. keep it up.
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odyssey2
Aw yeah...smoot h jazz...
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sheffield57
Sorry I was not being fair
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Brian,where have you been all my life? Your music is an unexpected pleasure in my life. Thank you.
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thedavedarav e
Love his stuff
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sheffield57
Sending My Love. Great song ty
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I like this song, very relaxing !!!!!
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Brian, the best music
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this man is good one of the BEST !
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...wish I had someone to 'Touch Me'...too sexy Brian!
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man Brian is one of my favorite artist. Love to hear him in person
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harwella31
I always enjoy seeing a Brian Culbertson show. This sounds like Kenny Lattimore singing.
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I'm enjoying this song. Beautiful. Sexy. Classy. Seductive. He has great musicianship .
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mikki.baker
One of my absolute favorite artists. Incredible talent rolled into one man.
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so gifted... Blessed man . Keep the music coming !! Thank you
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Music is about the beat with the heart one with the one and Brian you can do that from Wende P in Toledo,oh
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Great jam. Smooth. Gonna get this cd
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LOVE THIS PIECE do it BRIAN
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I remember meeting you on one of the Chicago Lake Front Jazz cruises sponsored by Smooth Jazz Radio WNUA. It was a pleasure especially knowing u were a Home-Town boy...score one for Chicago!!!
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sheffield57
Fav thing to do
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johnson8082
Takin it nice and smooth,do your thang my man!!!!
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I love Brian Culbertson's music is just easy-going relaxing
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My girlfriend likes this song a lot.
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This is the music we listen to when we're having a Midnite Bar B Q, the food and the music go hand in hand, a combination that can't be beat
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Nice
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Secret Affair: This is really nice. I love it.
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You're a " Brother" , from another mother. JAM on, I'm loving it . Will u be in KC any time soon.
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maggiekksb
Nice. Going to say bye...SD
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Come to Alaska!
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Great sound!!
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When all the notes come together it makes beautiful music. Love it for sure.
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Smooth and sexy music :-* love the piano and sax combination.
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love it love it love it the perfect love making & night driving music
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love this man music
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BOBBY JOE GLENN01 love this man music
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elm0521
Watch out - in just two decades Culbertson is still fresh. So fortunate to listen to Culbertson's music.
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love it
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I just love his sound.
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I would love to see him on the Jazz Cruise planning to go soon
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He is truly amazing. Love his music!!
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darnell_sr
Simply majestic. Sound great as well.
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He's like that........ . . . . . t h e boy is bad one of a kind.....lov e his sounds!!!!
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Like his music
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excellent entertainer, loved him at Catalina Jazz fest, he's coming back this year, can't wait!
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I have his live CD! Awesome!
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When ever Brian Culbertson is in our area I make sure to see him live. Awsome performer.
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I had a opportunity to see him in Chicago, Awesome. AWESOME
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