Novelist Victor Hugo
once wrote, "Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and
that which cannot remain silent." As a performer, arranger, producer and
teacher of music, Nathan Eklund has directed his life passion toward
such an expression.
Nathan began his serious musical training at Central Washington
University, where he studied classical trumpet performance under the
direction of Thomas Gause, while performing with many classical and jazz
ensembles. In 1998, Nathan moved to the New York Ciy area to study jazz
at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. After studying with New
York area teachers and performers Dave Rogers, Scott Wendholt, Rich
DeRosa, John Mosca, Armen Donelian, and Paul Meyers, Nathan graduated
from WPU in May of 2001 with a degree in Jazz Studies and Performance.
Nathan continued his education at New Jersey City University, attaining
a Master's of Music in Jazz Performance degree in December of 2005. At
NJCU, he had the opportunity to study with a strong faculty, including
Joe Magnarelli, Bud Burridge, Joel Weiskopf, Andy Eulau, Pete
McGuinness, and Bill Kirchner. He was selected to play lead trumpet in
the 2005 New Jersey All-State Collegiate Big Band.
Since early 2001, Nathan has been a private trumpet instructor, teaching
at the New Jersey Workshop For the Arts in Westfield, NJ, the Encore
Music Program (affiliated with the Ridgewood, NJ Community School), and
for Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, NJ. In February of 2002,
Nathan presented a clinic on Jazz Brass Articulations at the New Jersey
Professionally, Nathan currently performs with the Bud Maltin Orchestra,
playing for receptions and private events in and around New York City.
He is also a member Quinntessence, a rock/fusion band created by Alan
Quinn, and plays lead trumpet in Big Band Evolution, directed by Joe
DeVico. Nathan has performed with Frankie Valli, Scott Wendholt, Joe
Magnarelli, Claudio Roditi, Dave Trigg, Joe Mosello, Kermit Driscoll,
and Buddy Terry. Other accomplishments include album recordings for
Spyro Gyra, Craig Yaremko, Annemarie Russell, Rick Fontaine, Russell
Wolff, The Hoppin' Haole Brothers, and Caté. Nathan's current music
projects include working with his own quintet, We Three (a new trio
project including Josh Dion on drums and Pat Firth on Fender Rhodes),
and Jive Tower (an R&B project created by Joe Elefante).
Though somewhat new to the New York City area jazz scene, Nathan's
commitment to his music and his innovative work, both as a performer and
as a producer, show incredible promise. Nathan's musical prowess reveals
an incredible dedication to the art of jazz , a keen observation of
musical technique, and a desire to settle at nothing less than