FAMU graduate Scotty Barnhart shines at 66th Grammy Awards

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Former FAMU Marching 100 trumpet player Scotty Barnhart got his moment in the spotlight at Sunday's 66th Grammy Awards, exuding confidence and pride as he accepted the prestigious award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

Barnhart, a renowned jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, and Director of the Count Basie Orchestra for a decade, stood on the stage of the Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles surrounded by members of the legendary Count Basie group. They gathered to celebrate their victory for the album titled "Basie Swings The Blues."

The moment was the culmination of Barnhart's dedication to his craft and his unwavering passion for jazz. In his acceptance speech, he expressed profound gratitude and elation, acknowledging the significance of the Grammy win. "Words can’t fully describe the feelings of gratitude and elation for winning this Grammy tonight," said Barnhart.

He took the opportunity to extend his thanks to the numerous collaborators who contributed to the album's success, emphasizing the collaborative nature of jazz music. Reflecting on the legacy of Count Basie, Barnhart highlighted the enduring impact of the iconic musician, noting that Basie began winning Grammys in 1958 and continues to influence the genre to this day.

"BasieSwings The Blues" features a stellar lineup of musical luminaries, including George Benson, Buddy Guy, Charlie Musselwhite, and Bobby Rush. The album showcases a unique fusion of swing and blues, captivating listeners with its intricate rhythms and soulful melodies. Barnhart's masterful orchestration together the rich heritage of African American music, blending the syncopation of swing with the emotive "blue" notes of the blues

With "Basie Swings The Blues," 
Barnhart cements his place among the greats of jazz music, leaving an indelible mark on the genre and ensuring that legacy of Count Basie continues to resonate with audiences around the world.

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