Harvey Brownstone Interviews...

Harvey Brownstone Interviews Scotty Barnhart, Director, The Count Basie Orchestra

October 30, 2023 Harvey Brownstone Season 3 Episode 77
Harvey Brownstone Interviews...
Harvey Brownstone Interviews Scotty Barnhart, Director, The Count Basie Orchestra
Show Notes

Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Scotty Barnhart, Director, The Count Basie Orchestra


About Harvey's guest:


Today’s special guest, Scotty Barnhart, is an internationally acclaimed music artist, especially in the world of jazz.  


He’s an iconic trumpet player, composer, arranger, educator and author.  For over 30 years, he’s been a featured trumpet soloist with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, AND for the past 10 years, he’s been the Orchestra’s Director.   


He’s a 2-time Grammy Award winner, and he’s worked with some of the greatest music artists in the world, including Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Tito Puente, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Diana Krall and dozens more.  In 2009, he released his highly acclaimed first solo album, entitled, “Say It Plain”, which reached #3 on the Jazz Charts.   Our guest is widely considered to be THE leading authority on the history of Jazz trumpet.  


In 2005 he published his groundbreaking book, “The World of Jazz Trumpet – A Comprehensive History and Practical Philosophy”, which is THE definitive text on the subject.  He’s a Professor at Florida State University, and he gives keynote lectures and seminars around the world.  He’s also  profiled in Scott Yanow’s groundbreaking book “Trumpet Kings:  The Players Who Shaped the Sound of Jazz”, which places him right up there with the most important Jazz trumpeters in history, from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis and others.  


AND NOW, he’s here to discuss his monumental brand new album entitled, “The Count Basie Orchestra Swings the Blues”.   This is an exceptional and unprecedented collection of collaborations with some of the greatest living blues and jazz artists, including George Benson, Shemekia Copeland, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Bobby Rush and many more.  The album features spectacular versions of blues classics like “Stormy Monday,” “The Midnight Hour”, “Look What You’ve Done”, “Just for a Thrill” and “I’m A Woman” along side new instant classics like Mr. Sipp’s “Let’s Have A Good Time”, and our guest’s inspired fusion of Charley Patton meets Count Basie, in “The Patton Basie Shuffle.”  


The new album celebrates the deep-rooted connection between jazz and blues, and illuminates shared roots and reciprocal influence, reminding us that the boundaries between these genres are fluid and heartfelt.  The fabulous Count Basie Orchestra continues to carry on the rich musical legacy of Count Basie through their dynamic performances and dedication to the swing jazz tradition.  Our guest, as the orchestra’s musical director, preserves Count Basie's unmistakable style, and ensures that his pioneering contributions to jazz, continue to be celebrated and enjoyed by audiences worldwide.


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