Scotty Barnhart

Scotty Barnhart is an internationally acclaimed Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, author, and Director of The Count Basie Orchestra. Prior to his being selected Director of the Basie orchestra in September 2013, he was its featured trumpet soloist for 20 years, and is also a two-time Grammy Award winner with the orchestra. He appears on three critically acclaimed recordings with pianist Marcus Roberts and over fifteen others with artists as diverse as Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Ray Charles, and Tito Puente. Scotty is Professor of Jazz Trumpet/Jazz Studies at Florida State University where two of his former students won First Place in the National Jazz Trumpet Competition. Acknowledged as an authority on the history of Jazz trumpet, he gives lecture-demonstrations on the history of jazz trumpet at schools and universities all over the United States as well as in South America, Japan, China, Europe, and South Africa. Hal Leonard published his groundbreaking book, The World of Jazz Trumpet – a Comprehensive History and Practical Philosophy worldwide in December 2005 to rave reviews.

Scotty was trumpeter for the Marcus Roberts Quintet in the late 80s and early 90s and has also performed or recorded with Frank Sinatra, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Take 6, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, Nat Adderley, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, The Temptations, Barbara Streisand, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Barry Manilow, and Johnny Mathis among others. Additionally, Scotty has performed at every major concert hall and jazz festival in the world at least once, been featured in the Asian Wall Street Journal, performed at The Academy Awards, and is in demand as a soloist and lecturer on jazz history. Scotty also served as conductor for The 2010 Georgia All-State Jazz Orchestra and the 2011 Florida All-State Jazz Orchestra.

In 2009, Unity Music released his long anticipated debut CD, Say It Plain, to critical acclaim. Guests include Wynton Marsalis, Clark Terry, Ellis Marsalis, Marcus Roberts and others. It reached #3 on the Jazz Charts and his sextet performed to rave reviews at the 2009 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Scotty is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a degree in Music Education and is profiled in the book Trumpet Kings, which places him with the most important Jazz trumpeters in history, from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis and others. He resides in Los Angeles, California, and Tallahassee, Florida. Visit


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