Full Bio

Originally from Burnsville, MN, Jack holds a Bachelor's in Applied Trombone and Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Mark Kellogg and Larry Zalkind. While at Eastman, Jack also studied arranging with Bill Dobbins, and was the recipient of the Lois Smith Rogers Scholarship, the Steven Witser Award for Excellence, a Performer’s Certificate, and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda.

Jack was the winner of the International Trombone Association’s 2016 Carl Fontana Competition as well as the American Trombone Workshop’s 2018 National Solo Jazz Competition. Jack also received an Honorable Mention in the ITA’s 2020 JJ Johnson Competition. He has performed at festivals and venues in Switzerland, Germany, Canada and across the U.S. As a performer, Jack can be heard on studio recordings with Charles Pillow (“Electric Miles” - 2017), the Saplings (“The Saplings” - 2017, “Go Digital” - 2019), SPACE (“Non-Trivial Problem” - 2019), Ben Britton ("Gravity Leak" - 2020) and Tommy Gearhart (“Listen” - 2020). He has also performed extensively with Rochester-based groups such as Popstyle, Calle Uno, Orquesta Antonetti, the Amendous Quartet, East End Brass, Prime Time Brass, Vileman and the Excaliburs and Blue Dance. 

As a composer and arranger, Jack’s writing is performed by Minneapolis-based jazz quintet SPACE, Rochester, NY-based pop-fusion band The Saplings, folk/contradance band Lake Effect, and his works for trombone ensemble have been performed by the trombone choirs at Eastman, UW-Eau Claire, TCU and the ITF's Kramer Choir. Jack has also been commissioned to write works for the Broken Bones trombone quartet (Eastman School of Music), Lauren Rudzinskas (Mansfield University) and Tim Smith (Buffalo Philharmonic). 

Jack plays a 1965 King 3B Silversonic and a 2016 custom Edwards jazz trombone with a Giddings Chubasco mouthpiece, as well as a Conn 88 HT with a Hammond 11ML mouthpiece.

©2020 by Jack Courtright.