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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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I really like Brian Culbertson look forward to seeing him when he come to Chene park
Very nice and smoothly to the soul make me sang to this warm sound be at music just love it.
Brian Culbertson is the sh-- saw him many times! If u haven't seen him...it's a must
DREAMING OF YOU! Yes I am,whom ever you will be,yes,I'm dreaming of thee!
A true musician.
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!
Lite but smooth
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.
He is sooooo GOOD!!!!
Brian Culbertson is the best. The old school better take notes!
It's on tonight! love this tune!
excellent
dr.ericjacks o n
BC is outstanding! ! !
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!!!
U ROCK, Mr. Culbertson!! ! ! ! :-) :-D =-O :-D :-) AWESOMENESS with FEET!!!!! :-D :-D =-O :-) :-)
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!
Wow wow
Wow, this music describes it's title perfectly!! Brian you're a BAD brother. Love your style.
ON and ON !
BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL SO ROMANTIC AND LOVING JUST CARESS AND HUG YOURSELF OR SOMEONE ,WHICH EVER WORKS (SENSUALITY)
Love this man's music. Helps me to relax if I'm having a bad day.
lccombssr
Brian's music is a tension reliever. I enjoy his music while walking.The tunes allow me to forget the task at hand of exercising to loose weight..The tune come to me is boss.
I have of his cd's and I've seen him twice. Can't wait for hm to come bck 2 StL.
All I can say is THIS MAN IS BAD @ saw him @ clifford Brown jazz fest 6/14
THE BOY IS BAD......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L I K E THIS
Always with you
Brian us a bad boy. But did yall here Will Downing on the vocals. What a great collaboratio n
Good. Had a smooth jazz fm station in Dallas yrs ago. Gone.

I love this and "straight" jazz pandora.
I have had not only the pleasure of listening to his music privately but in concert and it is even better. He had a concert in Chicago at the Chicago Theater with his dad and he played the well out of the trombone, wish I could get the name of that upbeat track he played. He introduced Eric Darius that night. Anyone remember, thanks.
Saw him in Santa Barbara ...polo field .....such a young talented keyboard player !!!! He was very young then....if you can , go see him play .... He is the best!!!' The kid can jam!!!!!
Enjoyed you on Tavis Smiley. This is sexy sensual.
I absolutely adore Brian C --- that's all that can be said of this wonderfully talented man and his music. Gotta love a Piano Man...
Pandora is full of it...you sdtart out mwell but now what the ???????
Saw BC in Santa Barbara ...long ago ..I hope he comes back.....the kid can play that keyboard.... . s o m e t h i n g to see.......he ' s great!!!!!
janis1992
Brian is indeed a ONE MAN BAND. He puts all of his heart and soul
into every note he plays. I enjoy @ piece he composes.
Real nice music!!!
Good morning Monday,Brian is in the house! Yay!
csmithtwn1
He is my #1
Brian,Brian, B r i a n ! You play a mean piano!AHHHHH H H H H
Friday just got better:)
He has absolutely to much soul.
Brian you are awesome.
Real nice!!
b4jazz25
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 !
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