On a summer night in 1982, trumpeter Scotty Barnhart saw his future. Then a senior at Gordon High School in Decatur, Barnhart journeyed downtown to the Fox Theatre to see the Count Basie Orchestra perform. He came away from the concert dead-set on becoming a professional jazz man.
"From that time on, I knew I was going to be in the band one of these days," he says. "I didn't know how; I just had that feeling."
Barnhart currently plays lead trumpet in the Basie band and has just released Say It Plain, his first CD as a leader. The album features pianists Ellis Marsalis and Marcus Roberts, trumpeters Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis, and drummer Herlin Riley, among others.
(Photo courtesy The Bloom Effect)
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