Iida displays a modern approach that embraces Marquis Hill, as much as Lee Morgan.
Award-nominated trumpeter, composer, educator, and recording artist Jun Iida has quickly established himself as a highly sought after musician in the Los Angeles and Pacific Northwest music scenes. In addition to being active in the studio recording scene, he is a dynamic performing artist both as a bandleader as well as a sideman. Iida has performed extensively throughout the US as well as in Japan.
Originally from St. Louis, MO as the son of Japanese immigrants, Iida was exposed to a variety of musical genres from a young age during his upbringing in Pittsburgh, PA. In particular, he developed a deep interest and passion for jazz and improvisatory music. He began performing actively in Los Angeles with his group Jun Iida Sextet from 2015 to 2020, before relocating to Seattle, WA where he has quickly established himself in the greater PNW music scene.
Iida has had the opportunity to perform at notable institutions including: SFJazz, Black Cat (San Francisco, CA), Blue Whale, Sam First, Baked Potato, (Los Angeles, CA), The 1905, Winningstad Theatre (Portland, OR), The Royal Room, Benaroya Hall, Triple Door (Seattle, WA).
He has previously toured with Todo Mundo, Within Seekers, Salt Petal, and Zelda and the LoLo's. He has performed at various music festivals including: Earshot Jazz Festival, Portland Jazz Festival, Angel City Jazz Festival, South by Southwest (SXSW), Joshua Tree Music Festival, California Worldfest, Yosemite Music Festival, and Lake Tahoe Music Festival.
"Hard bop stylings and modern forms [with] a beautiful, unforced sound."
Seattle Jazz Scene
For more information about Jun Iida, please visit: https://www.juniidamusic.com/.
R. Scott Morning