Scotty Barnhart is an internationally acclaimed Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, author, and is the Director of The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra. A featured trumpet soloist with the orchestra for over twenty years, he's a two-time Grammy Award winner, appears on three critically acclaimed recordings with pianist Marcus Roberts, and over fifteen others with artists as diverse as Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Ray Charles, and Tito Puente. Acknowledged as an authority on the history of Jazz trumpet, he has given two keynote lecture-demonstrations at The International Trumpet Guild Conference and continues to give lectures and seminars at universities in South America, Japan, China, Europe, South Africa, and all across the United States. Hal Leonard published his groundbreaking book, The World of Jazz Trumpet – A Comprehensive History and Practical Philosophy worldwide in December 2005 to rave reviews.
Robert Young is a Winnipeg raised, Calgary based Jazz crooner . He was inspired to pursue his musical path as a result of ownership of the Beat Niq Jazz Club and Bistro Piq Niq in Calgary. His interaction and resulting performances with many of Canada’s renowned jazz players such as Juno Award winner P.J. Perry, and Calgary’s own Juno nominated Al Muirhead have had a great influence on his career. The style and influence, phrasing, and aura of the late great Frank Sinatra has had a huge influence in Rob’s life and vocal development, as has the elements of the Great American Songbook. From national Jazz Festivals, public and private performances, duos to eighteen piece Big Bands, Robert has been performing music in the style of Sinatra across North America since 1998.
The Winnipeg Foundation is pleased to make a grant from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th to the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra for their New Project: Celebrating Canada: a big band portrait
This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between The Winnipeg Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.
Cette initiative est rendue possible grâce au Fonds communautaire pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, qui est une collaboration entre The Winnipeg Foundation, les fondations communautaires canadiennes, le gouvernement du Canada et des leaders extraordinaires de l’Atlantique au Pacifique à l’Arctique.