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Taylor Barnett

Taylor Barnett is a Virginia-based trumpeter, teacher, and composer currently serving at Virginia Commonwealth University as Coordinator of Musicianship Studies and the instructor of Jazz Improvisation class, where he has previously taught Jazz Theory, Jazz Arranging, Jazz History, Jazz Orchestra II, Trumpet/Jazz Trumpet at VCU, and Small Jazz Ensembles. In 2001, he was awarded First Place in the Jazz Division of the National Trumpet Competition. Taylor is currently a member of No BS! Brass, with whom he has performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Festival d’été de Québec, and on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. He has also performed with the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Oratorio Society of Virginia, and with artists such as Dave Douglas, Steve Wilson, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, and Frankie Avalon.

As a composer, Taylor’s work is published by UNC Jazz Press and has been commissioned by trumpeter Rex Richardson for performances at international music festivals in Australia, Portugal, China, and the U.S. In 2010, in collaboration with guitarist Trey Pollard, Taylor formed Old New Things, an instrumental ensemble that draws inspiration from American folk music and European chamber-jazz. Their album “Ghosts” features original compositions as well as arrangements of compositions by Albert Ayler and J. S. Bach.

Taylor earned B.M. Jazz Studies and M.M. Trumpet Performance degrees from VCU and his D.M.A. in Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature at James Madison University, where he also taught from 2010-2013. He participated in the International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Alberta, Canada) led by Dave Douglas. Previously he served as the music instructor at the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, where he directed jazz ensembles and string orchestra, taught jazz improvisation and music theory (the latter offered as a dual-enrollment course for VCU credit), and established a guest-artist series focusing on free-jazz and avant garde music. Visit <www.taylorbarnett.com>; e-mail him at <barnettt@vcu.edu>.