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Scotty Barnhart to be featured at next Fridays at Noon performance

Internationally acclaimed jazz trumpeter Scotty Barnhart will share his talent in Thomasville on March 23 as part of the Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU) Fridays at Noon series when he performs in the chapel of Thomasville First United Methodist Church.

Barnhart is also a composer, arranger, educator, author and director of The Count Basie Orchestra. Prior to being selected director in September 2013, Barnhart was its featured trumpet soloist for 20 years and won two Grammy Awards with the orchestra. He has also worked with greats such as Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne and Ray Charles.

Barnhart has collaborated on jazz composition with Clary Terry, Ellis and Wynton Marsalis, Etienne Charles and Jamie Davis. This concert will feature fellow FSU College of Music faculty members Bill Peterson on piano and Leon Anderson on drums, along with senior jazz performance major Evan Hamrick on bass.

When Barnhart isn’t touring or teaching as a professor of jazz trumpet at Florida State University, he lectures and demonstrates at schools, colleges and universities spreading jazz music to help ensure its future. A graduate of Florida A&M University, Barnhart is profiled in Scott Yanow’s book “Trumpet Kings: The Players Who Shaped the Sound of Jazz Trumpet,” which places him with the most important jazz trumpeters in history from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis and others.

For additional information about this Fridays at Noon performance, email or call 229-227-6964. 

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