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Brian Culbertson Biography


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Birth Place: Decatur, Illinois, United States
Years Active: 1994–present
Genres: Contemporary Jazz, Funk


Brian Culbertson (born January 12, 1973) is a musician and instrumentalist from Decatur, Illinois. Culbertson attended Millikin University and is the son of jazz band director and trumpeter Jim Culbertson. Brian's instruments include the keyboard and trombone.

Heavily influenced by funk, much of Culbertson's material is funk-based instrumental, but he has begun calling upon vocalists such as Trey Lorenz, Marc Nelson, Kenny Lattimore and Avant to add to his later pieces.

Culbertson’s first three albums were on the Blue Moon label, “Long Night Out” in 1994, “Modern Life” in 1995 and “After Hours” in 1996. After moving to Atlantic Records, three more albums followed, “Secrets” in 1997, “Somethin' Bout Love” in 1999 and the critically acclaimed “Nice & Slow” in 2001.

2003’s “Come on Up” was released on Warner Jazz, and Culbertson then moved to GRP Records for his project, 2005’s “It's On Tonight” which debuted at #1 on Billboard Magazine's Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

In 2008 Culbertson released, “Bringing Back the Funk,” which featured Bootsy Collins, Larry Graham, Ray Parker Jr. and David T. Walker. 2012 saw Culbertson release his 13th studio album, “Dreams,” featuring a number of contemporary jazz and R&B artists.

Culbertson also works with many other musicians in the contemporary jazz arena, often as a composer and arranger. Culbertson has worked with 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.