Orchestra Leader Scotty Barnhart
Whether it is performing as a featured soloist with The Count Basie Orchestra in venues all over the world for twenty years, playing muted solos behind legends Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, or Tony Bennett, appearing with pianist Marcus Roberts at Carnegie Hall, giving lectures at universities in South Africa, Japan, Europe, and all over the United States, or leading his own quintet at major Jazz festivals and night clubs, musicians and critics alike have acknowledged the emergence of a exciting and powerful voice in the world of Jazz. Trumpeter, composer, arranger, author, recording artist, and university professor of jazz studies, Scotty Barnhart began receiving critical acclaim from his work with Marcus Roberts who featured him alongside Wynton Marsalis on the 1990 release of Deep In The Shed (RCA/Novus), and the accolades continue with his most recent accomplishment being his appointment as Director of The Count Basie Orchestra in September 2013.
Scotty is in his 21st year as a featured soloist, composer, arranger, and now the Director with The Count Basie Orchestra. He was the only musician featured on two Grammy-nominated Jazz recordings in the same category in 1997, Portraits in Blue with pianist Marcus Roberts and The Count Basie Orchestra with The New York Voices, with the latter taking the honors. The Count Basie Orchestra’s Count Plays Duke, which also features solos by Scotty, also won the Grammy Award in 1999.
Continuing a schedule of worldwide travel with the Count Basie Orchestra, and shuttling from Los Angeles to Tallahassee as a Professor at Florida State University, and being in demand for lectures and as a guest soloist and conductor, Scotty Barnhart is one of the most important musicians working today. With the release of his debut recording with an all-star group of musicians, his book The World of Jazz Trumpet on shelves worldwide, and his leading one of the most important and innovative jazz orchestras in history, the future of jazz music and jazz education is in good hands.
“…tradition served up with unassuming style.”
“The 80-year-old Count Basie Orchestra is out with its first holiday album…Director and trumpeter Scotty Barnhart has kept the signature feel-good, blues-based Basie sound…”
“The core Basie virtues remain intact: meticulous musicianship, tight comradeship, buoyant swing…Barnhart and other soloists shine.”
“Thirty years after its bandleader’s passing, The Count Basie Orchestra has continued to make music without any sign of slowing down…a fabulous piece of music…”
“The Count Basie Orchestra proves it’s the best…one magnificent band…the precision and flair were things to savor, and to marvel at!”