I’ve been a fan of up-and-coming trumpet player John Raymond for a while now, pretty much ever since he became a Nextbop artist. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Raymond and ask him some questions I’ve been wondering concerning his life and career. Though Raymond can easily be given the title “up-and -coming”, he is by no means an amatuer. Not only was he a finalist of the 2009 National Trumpet Competition, but his debut album, Strength and Song, was produced by legendary trumpeter Jon Faddis. If you haven’t checked out John Raymond yet, then you will after reading this interview.