Raymond Larsen is a Seattle-based trumpeter known for his unique and spirited approach to the instrument. Earshot Jazz has called him an “expansive innovator”, and The Seattle Times describes his music as “life-enhancing.”
A powerful and versatile player, Ray is best known for his work with Chemical Clock (winners of the 2014 Earshot Jazz Album of the Year), Tyrant Lizard, and The Sky Is A Suitcase. He is also a member of the historic Harry James Orchestra, the Casey MacGill Orchestra, Hotels, and Wayne Horvits' Electric Circus. He has worked with Michael Shrieve (Santana), Jamie Cullum, Heatwarmer, Beat Connection, Pickwick, Birch Periera, and The Dip. Former bands and projects include Michael Shrieve's Spellbinder, Dyno Jamz, Gregg Belisle-Chi's I Sang To You And The Moon, The Fabulous Party Boys, and the Jacob Zimmerman Quintet.
As a composer, Raymond recently completed his cinematic album trilogy, “Modern Achievements,” which pays tribute to three entries from a 1903 encyclopedia by the same name. With 26 musicians participating across the three works, the music offers a brilliant collection of Seattle’s great improvisers. He also writes instrumental songs for his trio Tyrant Lizard, with Carmen Rothwell and Gregg Belisle-Chi.
Ray holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of Washington in music and conservation biology, and a master’s degree in Jazz Studies & Improvised Music. During his time there, he studied with Allen Vizzutti, Cuong Vu, Ted Poor, Greg Sinibaldi, Huck Hodge and Fred Radke, and co-founded the Improvised Music Project and its annual music festival, IMPfest.
Raymond is also an active educator. He is on faculty at Cornish College and The Meridian School, runs a private studio, and works as a clinician for Seattle JazzED, the Mercer Island School District, and Roosevelt High School, among others.
He was awarded the 2015 Earshot Golden Ear Award for "Emerging Artist of the Year".