John Raymond and Real Feels. (Submitted photo)
John Raymond and Real Feels. (Submitted photo)
Trailblazing jazz trio John Raymond and Real Feels will bring their brand of dynamic improvisation to Luther College Thursday, Feb. 15, for a guest recital.
The performance, at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The trio consists of Raymond on the flugelhorn, Gilad Hekselman, guitar, and Colin Stranahan, drums. With indie-rock and folk influences, the group plays both original music and classics by such artists as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The trio’s improvisational style and ability to refresh recognizable songs from American pop music distinguishes them as one of the rising groups in jazz.

A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Raymond earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master of Music in jazz studies from State University of New York-Purchase College.

Since 2012, he has released four albums and was named a Rising Star Trumpeter in DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll. Among his many awards, Raymond was the 2015 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award winner. He is currently an assistant professor of music at the University of Indiana-Jacobs School of Music.

The Luther recital is a part of the group’s tour to promote their newest album, “Joy Ride,” which will be released Feb. 9 on Sunnyside Records.