Craig Tweddell attended Morehead State University, where he was privileged to study with his hero and mentor, Greg Wing, who he credits with instilling within him a work ethic and passion for music that continues to inspire him to this day. Craig discovered and fell in love with jazz music and improvising while at MSU, which he attended on the Musicians Union Performance Scholarship, and The Jamey Aebersold Jazz Scholarship. He was also a member of the annual KMEA Intercollegiate Jazz Band three times.
After graduating from Morehead State, Craig moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where he quickly became a regular member of the Louisville big band scene. He has since become one of the busiest trumpeters in the area, and can be heard performing regularly with his own groups and as a sideman. Craig is also the host of Louisville’s longest running jazz jam session at the historic Rudyard Kipling.
For the past 6 years Craig has been the trumpet instructor at the Don Wilson Music store, and co-directs the Don Wilson Music Jazz Academy. He has directed numerous high school jazz bands in the Louisville area, and most recently became the newest member on the trumpet faculty of the prestigious Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops.
Craig has played with The Temptations, The Jack Wilkins Blue & Green Project, Tierra Cali, Jamey Aebersold, Dick Oats, Lee Konitz, Dave Samuels, Bennett Higgins, Anderson Pessoa, Alim Nastaev, Bobby Falk, and Mixolegion, to name a few. In 2008 and 2009 he was selected as a semi-finalist in the jazz division of the National Trumpet Competition. In 2007 Craig received a full Master’s scholarship to attend the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program at the University of Louisville. There he studied trumpet with Dr. Ansyn Banks and arranging with the great John Labarbera.
“I’ve had my Torpedo Bag since 2008 and have never been happier with a case.” — Craig Tweddell.
Craig’s trumpet travels safe in a Classic.