Scotty Barnhart - Trumpet
Natalie Jacob - Vocals
Peter Smith - Piano
Trevor Ware - Bass
Clayton Cameron - Drums
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interviews from Harry 'Sweets' Edison to Chuck Mangione, technical tutorials, historical events and illustrated with unpublished photographs.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.
Natalie Jacob is a native Angelino who has been singing since she was three years old. She launched her solo career with guitarist, Larry Feldman in 2011, and together they perform their unique blend of jazz standards, bossa nova and popular music throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Having developed a passion for Brazilian music in her youth, Natalie seized the opportunity to join the Long Beach-based Latin jazz band, Along for the Ride, with whom she recorded the album, Jobim and Vinicius Across Languages in 2015. Her unmistakable sultry sound on this album is complimented by world renowned musicians, Abraham Laboriel and Justo Almario. From 2007 to 2010, she was the lead singer with Bluenova, a jazz quintet playing bossa nova, Latin jazz, blues and a splash of world music. Venues where she has performed include The Gardenia and Genghis Cohen in Hollywood, Alva’s Showroom in San Pedro, The Sky Room in Long Beach, Angels/The Charleston in Santa Monica, and The Culver Hotel in Culver City. Natalie has studied vocal technique with award-winning pianist, Tamir Hendleman, and the multi-talented vocalist, Cathy Segal-Garcia. She also studied sacred music and has her certification from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as a cantor for Catholic liturgies. She regularly sings at Sunday liturgies, weddings, funerals, and other services at several Catholic churches in Los Angeles. Natalie’s warm inviting vocals have been influenced Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Sara Gazarek, Diana Krall, Linda Ronstadt, Téka Penteriche, Eliane Elias, and Bebel Gilberto.
Clayton Cameron is a master American drummer, writer, composer, producer, historian, and educator. He has performed or recorded with legends in the music business such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis jr. and other artist such as James Brown, BB King, Ray Charles, John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Molly Ringwald and Mariah Carey to name a few. Nicknamed the Brush Master for being the most innovative brush player since Papa Jo Jones of the count Basie Orchestra and now he himself is the drummer for the famous big band.
Peter is an accomplished pianist, singer, arranger, and songwriter, and his career has flourished on both coasts. Originally a New Yorker, Peter has lived in Los Angeles since 2005. He is especially in demand as an arranger and musical director for singers, in various musical genres. Currently, Peter is traveling the world as Molly Ringwald's pianist/MD, and served as co-producer and arranger on her Concord Records release: "Except Sometimes." He has played on major stages large and small: Iridium (NYC), Jazz Alley (Seattle), Yoshi's (SF), Blues Alley (DC), Montreal Jazz festival, Vector Arena (NZ), Melbourne Recital Centre (AUS), and many, many more.
Trevor Ware is well recognized as one of the most supportive jazz bassists in Los Angeles. His style, reminiscent of Paul Chambers, Sam Jones and Charles Mingus, focuses not only on producing a supportive bass tone with impeccable intonation, but also features long, creative, well developed bass lines. One of the most in-demand bassists in Los Angeles, Ware is regularly featured with a number of bands, including Kenny Burrell, Molly Ringwald, & The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra.