Scotty Barnhart is an internationally acclaimed Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, and author in his seventeenth year as a featured soloist with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra. A two-time Grammy Award winner with the Basie Orchestra, he also appears on three critically acclaimed recordings by pianist Marcus Roberts, and over ten 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 gave a keynote lecture- demonstration at the 2003 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. Hal Leonard published his groundbreaking book, The World of Jazz Trumpet - a Comprehensive History and Practical Philosophy worldwide in December 2005 to rave reviews. It is the first of its kind and book signings featuring The Scotty Barnhart Quintet were SRO in New York, Los Angeles, and set a new attendance record at The Atlanta High Museum of Art.
Scotty was trumpeter for the Marcus Roberts Quintet in the late 80s and early 90s and garnered critical acclaim for his playing and sound of which The New York Times wrote: "Barnhart bears watching...laid out assured melodic lines in a singing, silvery tone". He has also performed or recorded with Frank Sinatra, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Lalo Schifrin, Natalie Cole, The Temptations, Jon Hendricks, Tony Bennett, Tito Puente, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson, and George Benson 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.
In April of 2008, Scotty signed his first recording contract as a leader with Unity Music. He has completed the sessions for his long anticipated debut CD, Say It Plain, with a worldwide release date set for May 19, 2009. Of Say It Plain, Bill Cosby states "Scotty Barnhart's soulful work combines a mastery of tradition with vibrant originality. I love it!" An unprecedented lineup of musicians appearing with Scotty on his solo recording are Wynton Marsalis, Clark Terry, Ellis Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Herlin Riley, Todd Williams, Leon Anderson, Jr., Bill Peterson, Rodney Jordan, Bruce Barth, and Jamie Davis.
A graduate of Florida A&M University with a degree in Music Education, Barnhart is also Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Florida State University. He 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.