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Riley Mulherkar has been recognized as a “smart young trumpet player” by The New York Times and praised by The Wall Street Journal as a “youngster to keep an eye on.” As a bandleader, Riley is a founding member of The Westerlies, a new music brass quartet that has premiered over 50 new works since its inception in 2011, creating the rarest of hybrids: music that is both “folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music). As a musical director, Riley has worked with a number of leading artists of our time, including NEA Jazz Masters Wynton Marsalis and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Riley also serves as Artistic Director for Jazz at The Joye in Aiken Festival, bringing leading young musicians, actors and dancers to the historic city of Aiken, South Carolina.

Born and raised in Seattle, Riley moved to New York in 2010 to study at The Juilliard School, where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in 2014 and his Master’s in 2015, receiving the Knowles Prize for Jazz and the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music. He is also an inaugural recipient of Juilliard’s Marks Fellowship. In 2011, Riley was named a “rising jazz artist” by Wynton Marsalis in JET magazine, and in 2014 was the first recipient of the Laurie Frink Career Grant at the Festival of New Trumpet Music.

Riley is actively engaged in educational outreach, founding the music program at stART Osceola, a summer arts intensive in Florida, where he taught for five years. He has facilitated master classes in Brazil, Mexico, and across the United States.

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  • One of the more remarkable albums to cross my path this spring… an impressive feat from almost any angle… Take note of these players. You’ll be hearing more from them soon.

    — Nate Chinen, Jazz Times —

  • The Westerlies play this music clean as a whistle, with attention to detail born of long rehearsals. And they infuse the lyrical passages with deep feeling… The Westerlies represent a breed of musicians rare when Wayne Horvitz was coming up, skilled interpreters who are also adept improvisers.

    — Kevin Whitehead, Fresh Air (NPR) —

Notable Appearances


Nine Stories

Clovis Nicolas
‘Nine Stories’
www.sunnysidezone.com

Huckleberry

Sam Lachow
‘Huckleberry’
www.samlachow.com

5 Good Reasons

Sam Lachow + Raz Simone
‘5 Good Reasons’
www.samlachow.com

Avenue Music EP

Sam Lachow
‘Avenue Music EP’
www.samlachow.com

Brand New Bike

Sam Lachow
‘Brand New Bike’
www.samlachow.com

The Westerlies

Baker Artists, LLC
t 646.360.2677
cw@bakerartistsllc.com
www.bakerartistsllc.com

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