Scotty Barnhart

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William "Scotty" Barnhart (born October 27, 1964)[1] is an American jazz trumpeter. A three-time Grammy winner, he has played since 1993 as a featured soloist with Count Basie Orchestra.[1] In September 2013, Barnhart was announced as the new director of the Basie Orchestra.[2] He has multiple recordings with pianist Marcus Roberts, as well as recordings with Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Ray Charles, and Tito Puente. A solo CD, released with Unity Music, is titled Say It Plain and features Clark Terry, Ellis and Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Jamie Davis and Etienne Charles; it achieved number 3 in the Jazz Charts. Also active as an educator and clinician, he is author of The World of Jazz Trumpet - A Comprehensive History and Practical Philosophy (published by Hal Leonard). He is a professor in the College of Music at Florida State University.

He was born in Atlanta, Georgia and was a member of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where he was christened by Martin Luther King Jr.[3]


  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott (2001). The Trumpet Kings: The Players who Shaped the Sound of Jazz Trumpet. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 40. ISBN 9780879306403.
  2. ^ "Scotty Barnhart Named Count Basie Orchestra Director". Jazzed Magazine. October 3, 2013. Archived from the original on 27 February 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Atlanta Native Scotty Barnhart Named Conductor of Count Basie Orchestra". Atlanta Daily World. 2013-09-21. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved 2013-12-14.

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