ABOUT cullen Knight

Jazz Master, Composer, Playwright, and Producer Cullen Knight is “The Quintessential 21st Century Renaissance Man”.  Mr. Knight's trumpet virtuosity and his extensive experience and accomplishments in a variety of undertakings—speak for themselves throughout the World Wide Web! 

        Cullen Knight, a native Philadelphian, was born and raised on “The Golden Strip” (Columbia Avenue), a jazz Mecca in the 1940s, 50s, and early 1960s.  “The Strip” (for short) was an apex in the Jazz World during this period. 

        The Jazz Master composed the music and produced his first recording sessions at the age of twenty.  The band was the Cullen Knight Quartet featuring: Cullen Knight , trumpet - Sam Dockery, piano - Skip Johnson, bass, and Sherman Ferguson, drums  (click here and check out the 1st recording session).  His 1978 “LOOKING UP” Album on Tree Top Records is a Jazz Classic and a Collector’s Item.  Mr. Knight’s 2017 Book and Jazz Audio Book “ONCE YOU FALL IN LOVE / The LOVE of LIFE” the story behind his Musical “LIFE, DEAL WITH IT, LIVE!” is available at (amazon.com) along with other Books and Audiobooks.  Note: The Jazz Audiobook is a landmark First-of-Its-Kind.

        Mr. Knight has a notable library of original works, including his celebrated Philadelphia Jazz documentary “THE GOLDEN STRIP.”  Previews of several of Mr. Knight’s compositions, videos, and dramatic works are available on his website (www.cullenknightmusic.com).

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THE MAGIC OF ART—21 YEARS (1999 to 2020) And A 1000 MILES (NYC to NEW ORLEANS) In 1 MINUTE! 
HERE’S TO my friend Herschel Dwellingham Sr., Composer, Conductor, Producer, and his contributions to Broadway, Film, TV, and the Record Industry.
—Cullen Knight

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living legend award

Benny Golson and Cullen Knight receive the "Living Legend Award" from The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts and "Citation" from their home town, The City of Philadelphia, PA.

(Excerpts from-The City Council of Philadelphia Citation-below)

"Whereas, Mr. Knight attended the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music.  He studied trumpet with Gilbert Johnson and Samuel Krauss, the principal trumpeters with the Philadelphia Orchestra... Knight majored in music at Mastbaum Avts High School in Philadelphia and studied at the Settlement Music School.  He graduated from Mastbaum with honors and became a member of the school's distinguished alumnus that includes – Johnny Coles, Ted Curson, Buddy Defranco, Henry Grimes, Tony Marchione, Lee Morgan, Sam Reed, Red Rodney, Joe Wilder, and a host of others. 

Whereas in 1958, While Cullen was still in high school, he became the youngest band leader at one of Philadelphia's premier jazz clubs, The Web Bar (the former Crystal Gardens).  The Web Bar was at 1935 W. Columbia Avenue. Cullen's band featured Odean Pope, tenor sax — Wally Ricks, piano — Al Whaley, bass — Billy Gaines, drums, and periodically, Mastbaum classmate Arthur Harper–bass.

Whereas, Mr. Knight was the principal trumpet and featured jazz soloist with the Broadway Musical Company's New York production of the Gershwin Gala 1991 and 1992 (European touring company.)  He was also the featured jazz soloist with the hit Broadway musical Bubbling Brown Sugar for its 1977 and 1986 runs in Philadelphia, and the shows' 1983, 84 and 85 European tours. 

Whereas, Cullen  Knight is an internationally acclaimed jazz trumpet player.  He has been a featured jazz soloist at The Theatre Des Westerns – Berlin, Dennis Swing Club – Hamburg, The Stadthalle – Vienna, Al Teatro Sistina – Rome, Cirque Royal – Brussels, The Grand Casino – Geneva, as well as numerous venues in England, Holland, and Scandinavia...

Whereas, Mr. Knight shared the stage with such notable performers as Kenny Barron, Cab Calloway, Doc Cheatham, Sam Cook, Billy Daniels, Billy Eckstine, Marvin Gaye, Dizzy Gillespie,  Al Grey and Jimmy Forest, Illinois Jacquet, Jonah Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Michel LeGrand, Melba Liston, Hank Mobley, Don Patterson, Grover Washington Jr. Nancy Wilson, and Stevie Wonder.

Therefore, By virtue of this Citation, the Council of the City of Philadelphia does hereby recognize Cullen Knight, Living Legend Award recipient, at the 2015 Clef Club Jazz Awards.  We extend the sincere respect and admiration of this legislative body, and we thank you for all that you have done, and continue to do, for our fine City."