Brian Culbertson has, at the tender age of 25, become one of the premier names on the smooth jazz scene. Brian signed with Bluemoon and released his debut album, "LONG NIGHT OUT," while still a 20-year-old junior at De Paul University. The album spent six weeks at #2 on the smooth jazz charts. Since then, he has released three more albums. "MODERN LIFE" held the #1 spot on the smooth jazz charts for eight consecutive weeks, "AFTER HOURS" landed in the upper regions on a number of year-end NAC charts, and "SECRETS" again hit the #1 spot. Considering the successes he has had so far, one can only guess at the heights that will be reached by this young man.
Like many a third grader before him, Brian Culbertson hated piano lessons. As a kid growing up in Decatur, Illinois, anything seemed better than sitting down for an hour a week hunting for the right notes across the stretch of black and white keys. But his mother and father insisted he continue in that gently stubborn but supportive way. And, of course, they were right to do so.
By age 12, the piano had been remarkably transformed into an instrument of expression and its role in Brian's life became ever more prominent. Filled with the joy of discovery, he was soon busily exploring his musical yen through the drums, bass, and especially, the trombone. As a junior high school student, Brian started composing his own material and, by the time he'd boarded the bus for high school, he was merging his musical pursuits with a growing enthusiasm for computers. Now with "SECRET," his fourth Bluemoon release in some four years, the Chicago-based Culbertson is on an artistic and popular rise that has combined to make him one of the premiere names on the smooth jazz scene. There are no lessons for that.