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Brian Culbertson
Brian was born in Decatur, IL. As a child, he was musically skilled, having started playing piano at age 8, drums at 9, trombone at 10, bass in 7th grade, euphonium in high school and more. After High School he moved to Chicago where he attended DePaul University. It was in college that he actually started working on a CD.
 
He is married to Michelle Culbertson, a violinist, who won for Best Concert Master. Brian and Michelle have worked together on many projects.
 
Although heavily influenced by funk, Culbertson also works with many other musicians in the R&B and jazz arena, often as a composer and arranger. Culbertson has received numerous awards including a 2012 NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Jazz Album. He has been touring steadily since the release of his first record in 1994 and has done well over 1,000 concerts around the world.
 
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Discography
Modern Life
Atlantic 2-92507
released 1995
recorded in Chicago, IL/USA
Brian Culbertson, keyboards, piano, trombone
Mark Colby, soprano sax
Mark Colby, soprano sax
Gerald Albright, alto sax, tenor sax
Steve Finckle, alto sax, tenor sax
Jim Culbertson, trumpet
Scott Hall, trumpet, flugelhorn
Fareed Haque, guitar
Harry Mura, guitar
Chris Nicholson, guitar
Darryl Thompson, guitar
Cheryl Smith, violin
Elizabeth Anderson, cello
Sharay Reed, bass
Steve Rodby, bass
Mark Walker, drums, percussion
Tom Hipskind, cymbals
Michelle Buss, vocals
After Hours
Bluemoon Recordings 2-92696
recorded in Chicago, IL/USA
Brian Culbertson, piano, keyboards, percussion, voices
Mark Colby, soprano saxophone
Steve Cole, soprano sax, tenor sax
Dave Hutten, alto sax, tenor sax
Jim Culbertson, trumpet
Craig Bauer, guitar
Harry Mura, guitar
Michael Manson, bass
Tom Hipskind, drums
Todd Sucherman, drums
Steve Reid, percussion
Tom Hipskind, cymbals
Michelle Culbertson, voices
Secrets
Atlantic 92775-2
recorded in Chicago, IL, New York, NY, Hollywood, CA/USA
Brian Culbertson, piano, keyboards
Steve Cole, soprano sax, tenor sax, keyboards
Gerald Albright, alto saxophone
Dwight Sills, guitar
Jeff Golub, guitar
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Richie Davis, guitar
Tim Redfield, keyboards, synthesizer
Paul Brown, keyboards
Tim Gant, keyboards, synthesizer
Ricky Peterson, Hammond B-3 organ
M. Doc, vibes
Richard Patterson, bass
Oscar Seaton jr., drums
Lenny Castro, percussion
Todd Sucherman, cymbals
Nanette Frank, vocals
Somethin' Bout Love
Atlantic 83237-2

Brian Culbertson, keyboards, piano, synthesizer, trombone, trumpet
Steve Cole, sax
Dave Koz, sax
Jim Culbertson, trumpet, flugelhorn
Ray Fuller, guitar
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Gerey Johnson, guitar
Tony Maiden, guitar
Michael Thompson, guitar
Ricky Peterson, Hammond organ
Alex Al, bass
Richard Patterson, bass
Wayman Tisdale, bass
Ricky Lawson, drums
Todd Sucherman, drums
Oscar Seaton, drums, cymbals
Michael White, drums, cymbals
Lenny Castro, percussion
Steve Johnson, cymbals
Howard Hewett, vocals
Lori Perry, vocals
Donnell Spencer, vocals
Fred White, vocals
Between Us
Atlantic 83325-2

Steve Cole, tenor sax
Brian Culbertson, trombone, Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes, keyboards
Orbert Davis, trumpet
Fink & B, horn
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Gerey Johnson, guitar
Ricky Peterson, Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes, bass
Alex Al, bass
Richard Patterson, bass
Oscar Seaton, drums
Michael White, drums
Lenny Castro, percussion
Luis Conte, percussion
TJ, vocals
Nice & Slow
Atlantic 7567 83444-2

Brian Culbertson, piano, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards, trumpet, trombone
Dave Koz, soprano sax
Jim Reid, tenor sax
Kirk Whalum, tenor sax
Herb Alpert, trumpet
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Tony Maiden, guitar
G. Moe, guitar
Michael Thompson, guitar
Jeff Lorber, Fender Rhodes
Eddie Miller, Fender Rhodes
Ricky Peterson, Hammond B-3 organ, Wurlitzer
Alex Al, bass
Richard Patterson, bass
Steve Lu, keyboards, bass
Oscar Seaton jr., drums
Donnell Spencer jr., drums
Lenny Castro, percussion
Alexx Daye, vocals
Sherree, vocals
Trey Larenz, vocals
Kenny Lattimore, vocals
Come On Up
Warner Bros. Records 48300-2

Brian Culbertson, clavinet, keyboards, piano, trombone, trumpet
Steve Cole, soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, flute
Brian Ripp, baritone sax
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach jr., trombone
Rick Braun, trumpet
Gary Grant, trumpet
Jim Culbertson, trumpet
Jerry Hey, horn, trumpet
Carly Bauer, flute
Norman Brown, guitar, vocals
Jorge Evans, guitar
Tony Maiden, guitar
Gerey Johnson, guitar
Glenn McKinney, guitar
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Michael Hart Thompson, guitar
Ricky Peterson, Hammond organ, Wurlitzer, vocals
Kenneth Crouch, clavinet, Fender Rhodes
Dave Hutten, keyboards
Stephen Lu, keyboards
Monte Neuble, synthesizer
string section
Alex Al, bass
Marcus Miller, bass
Richard Patterson, bass
Steve Rodby, bass
Lenny Castro, drums, congas, percussion, timbales
Todd Sucherman, cymbals
Rahsaan Patterson, vocals
It's On Tonight
GRP B0004535-02

Brian Culbertson, keyboards, piano, synthesizer, bass, trumpet, trombone, vocals
Boney James, tenor sax
Eric Darius, tenor sax
Kirk Whalum , tenor sax
Chris Botti, trumpet
Tony Maiden, guitar
Micah Otano, guitar
Jorge Evans, guitar
Tim Stewart, guitar
J. Michael Thompson, guitar
Michael Thompson, guitar
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Stephen Lu, keyboards
Ricky Peterson, Hammond B-3 organ
Greg Phillinganes, Fender Rhodes
Michelle Culbertson, violin, vocals
Alex Al, bass
Marcus Miller, bass
Patti Austin, vocals
Will Downing, vocals
Ledisi, vocals
Marc Nelson, vocals
Live From The Inside
GRP B0013232-00
June 2009 in Hollywood, CA/USA
Brian Culbertson, piano, keyboards, trombone, bass
Dave Koz, soprano sax, tenor sax
Eric Marienthal, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax
Michael Lington, alto sax, tenor sax
Marqueal Jordan, tenor sax, vocals
Eric Darius, tenor sax
Nick Lane, trombone
Michael Stever, trumpet, flugelhorn, keyboards
Rob Scherer, trumpet, flugelhorn
Sheldon Reynolds, guitar, vocals
Ray Parker jr., guitar, vocals
Wayne Bruce, guitar
Eddie Miller, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards, vocals
Lamar Jones, bass
Chris Miskel, drums
Lenny Castro, percussion
XII
GRP 2742481
in Los Angeles, CA, Culver City, CA, Bryans Road, MD, Los Angeles, CA, North Hollywood, CA/USA
Brian Culbertson, Hammond B-3 organ, piano, keyboards, Wurlitzer, clavinet, trombone
Bryan Mills, tenor sax
Eric Marienthal, tenor sax
Greg Boyer, trombone
Brad Clements, trumpet
Dan Fornero, trumpet
Chuck Brown, guitar, vocals
Sinbad, guitar
Ray Parker jr., guitar
Randy Jacobs, guitar
Randy Bowland, guitar
Bruce Watson, guitar
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Ray Parker jr., guitar, vocals
string section
Alex Al, bass
Nathan Watts, bass
Oscar Seaton jr., drums
Lenny Castro, percussion, congas
Faith Evans, vocals
Kenny Lattimore, vocals
Brian McKnight, vocals
Sheldon Reynolds, vocals
Marilyn Reynolds, vocals
Dreams
Verve Records B0016842-02

Brian Culbertson, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards, piano, synthesizer, bass, trombone
Eric Marienthal, alto sax, tenor sax, bass clarinet
Michael Stever, trumpet, flugelhorn
Marc Antoine, guitar
Rob "Fonksta" Bacon, guitar
Ray Parker jr., guitar
John "Jubu" Smith, guitar
Michael Thompson, guitar
Rex Rideout, keyboards, synthesizer
Alex Al, bass
Stokley Williams, drums
Noel Gourdin, vocals
Vivian Green, vocals
Another Long Night Out
BCM Entertainment BCM 12-199420
recorded in various locations in CA and St. Paul, MN
Brian Culbertson, keyboards, piano, synthsizer, bass, trombone Candy Dulfer, alto sax Jeff Kashiwa, alto sax, tenor sax Eric Marienthal, soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax Rick Braunt, trombone, flugelhorn Michael "Patches" Stewart, trumpet Russ Freeman, guitar Jonathan Butler, guitar, vocals Paul Jackson jr., guitar Chuck Loeb, guitar Steve Lukather, guitar Lee Ritenour, guitar Ray Parker jr., guitar Michael Thompson, banjo, guitar, sitar Ricky Peterson, Hammond B-3 organ Alex Al, bass Nathan East, bass Jimmy Haslip, bass Michael Bland, drums Ricky Lawson, drums Will Kennedy, drums Lenny Castro, congas, percussion, timbales Larry Dunn, kalimba Brian Kilgore, African percussion, marimba, tabla
Funk!
BCM Entertainment BCM-16-197308

Brian Culbertson, piano, Hammond B-3 Organ, Fender Rhodes, Clavinet, trombone, percussion, vocals
Marqueal Jordan, tenor sax, baritone sax, vocals
Michael Stever, trumpet
Travis Stever, trumpet
Tyrone Chase, guitar, vocals
St. Paul Peterson, guitar
Sheldon Reynolds, guitar
Rodney Jones jr., guitar, bass, vocals, drums
Chance Howard, keyboards, synthesizer, bass, vocals
Eddie Miller, piano, Hammond B-3 organ, Clavinet, vocals
Bob Horn, bass
Chris Miskel, drums, cymbals, vocals
Khari Parker, drums
Franklin "Third" Richardson, drums
Major, vocals
Angela Martin, vocals
Colors Of Love
BCM Entertainment
recorded in North Charleston, SC/USA
Brian Culbertson, piano, keyboards, Hammond B-3 Organ, synthesizer, trumpet
Isaiah Sharkey, guitar
Peter White, accordion
Colors Of Love - Live In Las Vegas
BCM Entertainment
recorded live May 2018 in Las Vegas, NV/USA
Brian Culbertson, organ, piano
Marqueal Jordan, tenor sax, vocals
Eddie Miller, keyboards
Tyrone Chase, guitar
Joewaun Scott, bass
Chris Miskel, drums
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Brian Culbertson, keyboards
no further details known
Music From The Hang


Brian Culbertson, piano, trombone, Hammond B-3 organ, clavinet, vocals
Ray Parker jr, guitar
Rodney Jones jr, guitar, bass
Paul Jackson jr, guitar
Michael Stever, trumpet
Marqueal Jordan, tenor sax, baritone sax
Eric Darius, alto sax, tenor sax
Derek 'D.O.A.' Allen, bass
Khari Parker, drums
Lenny Castro, tambourine
The Trilogy Part 1: Red
BCM Entertainment

Brian Culbertson, piano, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards, clavinet, synthesizer, percussion, trombone Isaiah Sharkey, guitar Randy Bowland, guitar Darnell "Showcase" Taylor, guitar Alex Al, bass Rishon Odel, bass Micaela Haley, vocals

 
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