Callum Au is a professional trombonist, composer, orchestrator, and arranger. A member of NYJO from 2005, he held the lead trombone chair with the band from 2008 – 2012, and contributed over 50 charts to the band’s library. He was taught by ex-Syd Lawrence trumpet player Terry Reaney, and has since studied with jazz trombonist Mark Nightingale.
As a trombonist, Callum has worked with many professional bands, including the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, the Daniel Houghton Big Band, and the Gareth Lockrane Big Band, and musicians as diverse as Nigel Hitchcock, Mark Nightingale, Alex Garnett, Joss Stone, Stan Sulzmann, Guy Barker, Katie Melua, and Eric Delaney. He runs his own big band, the Callum Au Big Band, which features some of the finest up-and-coming jazz musicians, and co-leads the organ band Organism.
As a composer and arranger, Callum has written or arranged music for, among others, the BBC Big Band, the Gordon Campbell Big Band, the Jay Craig Big Band, and the Henry Armburg Jennings Big Band. With the Callum Au Big Band, he plays many of his own compositions and arrangements. Further information about Callum, his music and his playing schedule can be found on his website: http://www.callumaumusic.com/.
Callum’s biggest influences as a trombonist are Mark Nightingale, Carl Fontana, and Andy Martin, and as a writer Nelson Riddle, Jaco Pastorius, Laurence Cottle, Neal Hefti, Quincy Jones, David Foster, and Thad Jones. In his spare time he cooks and collects tropical fish.