Pharez Whitted

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Pharez Whitted
Born 1960
Origin Indianapolis, Indiana, USA United States
Genres Hard bop, Post-bop, Progressive jazz, Soul-jazz, Jazz-funk
Occupation(s) Musician, Composer, Professor
Instruments Trumpet
Years active 1982 - current
Labels Owl Studios
Associated acts Pharez Whitted Quintet
Slide Hampton
Virtue Hampton Whitted
Bobby Broom
Eddie Bayard
Bob Hurst
John Mellencamp

Pharez Whitted is an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and producer.


Since 1982, Whitted has performed throughout the United States and overseas, including gigs at the 1988 Presidential Inauguration, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Billboard Music Awards, Carnegie Hall, and the MoTown Music Showcase.

The Chicago trumpeter plays at the 2005 Indy Jazz Fest

Whitted studied music at DePauw University and went on to earn a master's degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is currently the director of jazz studies at Chicago State University and as of 2009 plays in Chicago, regionally, nationally and internationally, often with Bobby Broom, Ron Perrillo, and Eddie Bayard. Whitted is a United Musical Instruments (UMI) clinician and is the son of the late singer and bassist Virtue Hampton Whitted and the nephew of trombonist Slide Hampton.[1]

Pharez Whitted has performed with such jazz musicians as Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, George Duke, Kirk Whalum, Elvin Jones, Slide Hampton, John Mellencamp, The Temptations, Roy Meriwether, The O'Jays, Lou Rawls, Ramsey Lewis, and former The Tonight Show bassist and classmate Bob Hurst. Whitted wrote, produced, arranged, and played on his two compact discs for MoTown's Jazz record label, entitled Pharez Whitted and Mysterious Cargo. He also co-produced the MoJazz album People Make the World Go 'Round.[2]

Whitted's third album, Transient Journey was released in 2010 by Indianapolis jazz label Owl Studios.[3]

In January 2011, Pharez Whitted was nominated for The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards in the Jazz Album category for Transient Journey.[4]



  • 1994 - Pharez Whitted - Motown Records
  • 1996 - Mysterious Cargo - Motown Records
  • 2010 - Transient Journey - Owl Studios


  • 1991 - John Mellencamp - Whenever We Wanted
  • 1996 - MoJazz - Mojazz Christmas
  • 1997 - Gregg Bacon - Secret Place
  • 1998 - Jimmy Coe = Say What
  • 2000 - Jazz Heritage Orchestra - Steppin Out
  • 2000 - Eric Gould - Who Sez?
  • 2005 - John Goldman - In Walked Pierre
  • 2007 - Ari Brown - Live at the Green Mill
  • 2008 - Michael Manson Up Front
  • 2009 - Kobie Watkins Involved


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