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Brian Culbertson

Brian Culbertson (born January 12, 1973) is a smooth jazz/R&B/funk musician, instrumentalist, producer and performer from Decatur, Illinois, United States. Culbertson attended DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Son of jazz band director and trumpeter Jim Culbertson, Brian's instruments include the keyboard, piano, trombone, drums, bass, trumpet, euphonium and percussion. Early life and career edit: Culbertson started playing piano at age 8, drums at 9, trombone at 10, bass in 7th grade, euphonium in high school and more. He attended and graduated MacArthur High School, where his father was a music teacher. Heavily influenced by funk, much of Culbertson's material is funk-based instrumental, but he has begun calling upon vocalists such as Faith Evans, Vivian Green, Kenny Lattimore and Avant to add to his later pieces. Culbertson also works with many other musicians in the R&B and smooth arena, often as a composer and arranger. Culbertson is currently credited with working with Maurice White, Bootsy Collins, Ledisi, Musiq Soulchild, Larry Graham, Avant, Faith Evans, Kenny Lattimore, Vivian Green, Stokley Williams from Mint Condition, Noel Gourdin, Brian McKnight, Ray Parker Jr., Boney James, Chris Botti, Earl Klugh, Dave Koz, Peter White, Richard Elliot, Jeff Lorber, Michael Lington and legendary A&M Records composer and producer Herb Alpert. He is married to Michelle Culbertson, also known by her stage name Micaela Haley. Culbertson plays Mason & Hamlin pianos and Roland keyboards and has appeared at the NAMM Show. Culbertson has written and produced over 25 #1 contemporary smooth singles on the R&R, Gavin and Billboard Radio charts. Singles include "So Good" and "On My Mind" from Secrets, "Get It On" and "All About You" from Nice & Slow, "Hookin' Up" and "Let's Get Started" from It's On Tonight, "Always Remember" from Bringing Back The Funk, "That's Life" from XII, "Your Smile" from Dreams in addition to many more with other artists such as Norman Brown, Bob James, Dave Koz, Eric Marienthal, Rick Braun, Steve Cole, Eric Darius and Michael Lington. Napa Valley Jazz Getaway edit: In late 2011, Culbertson announced he would be hosting the first annual Brian Culbertson Napa Valley Jazz Getaway at the Napa Valley Opera House on June 7-10, 2012. The 4-day concert event would include live performances by comedian Sinbad, vocalists Oleta Adams and Kenny Lattimore, as well as artists Eric Marienthal, Eric Darius, and David Benoit. In addition to performances, Culbertson curated the weekend's events to include food and wine events at his favorite Napa establishments including: Cindy Pawlcyn's Brassica restaurant, Miner Family Vineyards, Silver Oak Cellars, Caldwell-Snyder Art Gallery, and Silo's Napa. The inaugural event was a commercial and critical success, selling out within a week of the public announcement of ticket sales. At the 2012 event, Culbertson announced that the event would return for a second year, to be held June 5-9, 2013. The expanded 5-day 2013 event will be held at the Napa Valley Opera House and the Lincoln Theater in addition to several wineries and will feature Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, Take 6, Ray Parker Jr., Eric Darius, Nick Colionne, Michael Lington, DW3, Cecil Ramirez and returning special guest comedian Sinbad. Tickets are currently on sale and look to be sold out quickly once again. The new website is: http://www.NapaValleyJazzGetaway2013.com Awards edit: Culbertson has received numerous awards including a 2012 NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Jazz Album; 2012 Soul Train Award nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist; Winning Six (6) 2011 Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards for Best Entertainer, Best Album "XII", Best Song "That's Life", Best Keyboardist, Best Male Artist and Best Collaboration "w/Earl Klugh"; 2010 Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for Best International Artist; 2010 American Smooth Jazz Award for Best Keyboardist; 2005 ASYM All That Jazz Award; 2001 National Smooth Jazz Award for Best Keyboardist. Touring edit: Brian has been touring steadily since the release of his first record in 1994 and has done well over 1,000 concerts around the world. In October of 2013, he will once again host a smooth jazz cruise (he hosted the "Brian Culbertson All-Star Smooth Jazz Cruise" in January of 2007) called The Smooth Jazz Cruise - West Coast Edition. This time, he will co-host the cruise with Boney James. The cruise sails out of San Diego Oct 12-19, 2013. Brian has toured with his band plus many others including Dave Koz on several summer and Christmas tours including a 2009 summer duet tour called "Side By Side", David Sanborn on a duet tour called "The DREAM Tour" in the summer of 2012, David Benoit on a piano duet tour called "piano2piano" in 2012 with more dates in 2013, four of his own "A Soulful Christmas" tours from 2006-2009 which featured guest artists Gerald Albright, Bobby Caldwell, Warren Hill, Eric Darius, Ray Parker Jr., Nick Colionne, Mike Phillips, Howard Hewett and Michael Lington. He has also toured with Michael McDonald, James Ingram, Norman Brown, Patti Austin, Chris Botti, Marc Antoine, Wayman Tisdale and others. For several years, Culbertson was a regular opening act and performed with Barry Manilow on his arena shows from 2008-2012. Culbertson has always featured saxophonists in the band starting with Steve Cole in the early days, Eric Marienthal here and there, Michael Lington from 2003-2006 and 2009, Eric Darius from 2006-2008 and currently Marqueal Jordan from 2009-present. For his current 2013 touring schedule, go to: http://www.about.me/brianculbertson Brian Culbertson live at the Xcel Energy Center in 2008 , Culbertson's band , Brian Culbertson live in 2008 at the Xcel Energy Center

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