SCOTTY BARNHART is an internationally acclaimed Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, author, two-time Grammy Winner, and in 2013 was selected to be Director of The Count Basie Orchestra. Prior to 2013, he was CBO’s featured trumpet soloist for 20 years, and in 2015 was Executive Producer of #1 charted A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas!
Scotty has recorded with Marcus Roberts,Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, and Ray Charles and has performed with Frank Sinatra, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Nat Adderley, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand and George Benson, performed at The Academy Awards, and is in demand as a soloist and lecturer on jazz history all over the world. In 2009, his solo CD, Say It Plain reached #3 on the Jazz Charts.
Scotty is co-founder and Artistic Director of The Florida Jazz and Blues Festival, and Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Florida State University. His groundbreaking book, The World of Jazz Trumpet – a Comprehensive History and Practical Philosophy, was published in December 2005 to rave reviews. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University and in 2017 he was honored with a permanent plaque in the Gallery Of Distinction in the FAMU Department of Music. He is also profiled in the book Trumpet Kings which places him among the greatest jazz trumpeters in history. He resides in Los Angeles, California and Tallahassee, Florida.