Scotty Barnhart - Trumpet
Natalie Jacob - Vocals
James Leary - Bass
Roy McCurty - Drums
Bobby West - Piano
Scotty Barnhart is an acclaimed jazz trumpeter, leader, composer, arranger, educator, author and now in his twentieth year with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra has been appointed as their new Director.
A Two-time Grammy Award winner with the Basie Orchestra, three critically acclaimed recordings by pianist Marcus Roberts and over ten recordings with the likes of Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Ray Charles, and Tito Puente, Scotty released his debut solo CD 'Say It Plain' on the Unity Music label. Scotty invited Clark Terry, Ellis and Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Jamie Davis and Etienne Charles to share his compositions and love of standards on Con Alma, Giant Steps and Barnhart's own, Dedicated To You. Say It Plain achieved No. 3 in the Jazz Charts and has received celebrated reviews.
Acknowledged as one of the authorities on the history of jazz trumpet, he intently researched and wrote the ground breaking book The World of Jazz Trumpet - A Comprehensive History and Practical Philosophy. Published by Hal Leonard, it is a valuable source tool for jazz trumpeters, students and jazz fans with interviews from Harry 'Sweets' Edison to Chuck Mangione, technical tutorials, historical events and illustrated with unpublished photographs.
When Scotty Barnhart is not touring with The Count Basie Orchestra or teaching at Florida State University, he performs with his own quintet-sextet and lectures and demonstrates at schools, colleges, universities, conferences around the world, spreading jazz music to ensure its future for others to explore and enjoy.
Roy McCurdy will probably always be best-known for his important contributions to Cannonball Adderley’s Quintet (1965-1975), but he has been a tasteful and stimulating participant in many other sessions through the years. Early on, he worked with Chuck and Gap Mangione in the Jazz Brothers (1960-1961). McCurdy gained recognition for his playing with the Jazztet (1961-1962), Bobby Timmons, Betty Carter (who was fairly obscure during his stint with her in 1962-1963) and Sonny Rollins (1963-1964) before joining Adderley. The supportive drummer was flexible enough to evolve with Cannonball’’s popular group during the decade of change. After Adderley’’s death, McCurdy relocated to the Los Angeles area, where he has played and recorded with the top local musicians ever since.
Bobby West plays the piano and synthesizer. He is arranger and composer. His recording experience is both as musician and producer. This list includes such names as Billy Higgins, Wynton Marsalis and Bradford Marsalis, R.Kelly. Bobby West also performed with a great variety of singers and musicians, such as Smokey Robinson, Helen Reddy, Wilson Pickett, the Ray Charles Orchestra.
James H. Leary is a double bass player and arranger/composer, who played with the Count Basie Orchestra, Nancy Wilson, Earl Hines, Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie Harris, Dizzy Gillespie with the San Francisco Pops conducted by Arthur Fiedler, Max Roach, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Johnny Hartman, Major Lance, Johnny Taylor, Esther Phillips, Rosemary Clooney, Don Shirley, Broadway shows: Eubie!, They're Playing Our Song, Ain't Misbehavin', Bubbling Brown Sugar, Five Guys Named Moe, Timbuktu!with Eartha Kitt, Oakland Symphony Bass Section, Pharoah Sanders, Red Garland, Jaki Byard, Randy Weston, and John Handy.
Leary was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and studied at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He has won two Grammy Awards.