Rattlers stand up!! Former Florida A&M University Marching 100 trumpet player and FSU Music Professor, Scotty Barnhart got his moment in the spotlight at Sunday’s 66th Grammy Awards, exuding confidence and pride as he accepted the prestigious award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.
Barnhart, a renowned jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, and Director of the Count Basie Orchestra for a decade, stood on the stage of the Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles surrounded by members of the legendary Count Basie group. They gathered to celebrate their victory for the album titled Basie Swings The Blues.
Scotty Barnhart is also a featured trumpet soloist with the orchestra for over 20 years. He is a two-time Grammy Award winner, appearing on three critically acclaimed recordings with pianist Marcus Roberts, and over 15 others with artists as diverse as Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Ray Charles, and Tito Puente.
Acknowledged as an authority on the history of Jazz trumpet, he has given two keynote lecture-demonstrations at The International Trumpet Guild Conference and continues to give lectures and seminars at universities in South America, Japan, China, Europe, South Africa, and all across the United States.
The moment was a culmination of Barnhart’s dedication to his craft and his unwavering passion for jazz. In his acceptance speech, he expressed profound gratitude and elation, acknowledging the significance of the Grammy win. “Words can’t fully describe the feelings of gratitude and elation for winning this Grammy tonight,” said Barnhart.
He took the opportunity to extend his thanks to the numerous collaborators who contributed to the album’s success, emphasizing the collaborative nature of jazz music. Reflecting on the legacy of Count Basie, Barnhart highlighted the enduring impact of the iconic musician, noting that Basie began winning Grammys in 1958 and continues to influence the genre to this day.
Basie Swings The Blues, features a stellar lineup of musical luminaries, including George Benson, Buddy Guy, Charlie Musselwhite, and Bobby Rush.
The album showcases a unique fusion of swing and blues, captivating listeners with its intricate rhythms and soulful melodies. Barnhart’s masterful orchestration together with the rich heritage of African American music, blends the syncopation of swing with the emotive “blue” notes of the blues tradition.
With “Basie Swings The Blues,” Scotty Barnhart cements his place among the greats of jazz music, leaving an indelible mark on the genre and ensuring that legacy of Count Basie continues to resonate with audiences around the world.
Click below to watch Barnhart’s full Grammy acceptance speech.