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Brian Culbertson

An Evening with Brian Culbertson featuring Marqueal Jordan

Friday, September 23 at 8 p.m.

The Northern Lights Theater 1721 W Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233
Price: $45/$40/$35

An Evening with Brian Culbertson featuring Marqueal Jordan

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Over the course of crafting a twenty-five-album catalog and architecting nearly forty Billboard number-one singles as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, Brian Culbertson has charted his own unique path in music. Label him jazz and he makes a funk record. Call him an R&B artist and he drops an acoustic jazz trio collection. Brand him pop and he creates a 32-minute New Age opus. And you’d be hard-pressed to name another instrumentalist of his ilk who can mount an elaborately designed concert production that will keep them on the road for three consecutive months. For Culbertson, it’s all in a day’s work. 

Culbertson burst onto the scene in 1994 with a chart-topping album he recorded in his college apartment featuring keyboard-led contemporary jazz tracks. Culbertson’s title track "Long Night Out" landed him a lengthy record deal and signaled that a star was born. 

To date, Culbertson has composed thirty songs that populate the three albums in The Trilogy. This signature album set describes the three-part arc of a long-term relationship: the hot and steamy “falling in love” phase, the rocky middle when a couple may break for a time, and the couple’s reunion leading to the “happily ever after” phase.  

“Hearing the three albums in a row provides the context. All the songs on Red (October 2021) were about passion and love. Blue (January 2022) is melancholy and sad songs, breakup songs and “losing people” songs. Once you get to part three, White (May 2022) is all about songs having an uplifting feel. Emotionally, they all feel similar even though they are stylistically broad,” said Culbertson. 

Possessing style, panache and a savvy business mind capable of moving the needle in music and beyond, Culbertson founded the annual Napa Valley and Chicago Jazz Getaways, which have attracted guests from all over the globe to experience his premier events. 

Whether you’re listening to music from The Trilogy on record or live in concert, you’re hearing an eclectic, entertaining and engaging set from an artist at the peak of his power.