Taylor Haskins is being hailed as one of the most original new voices on the trumpet today. Downbeat magazine has declared him one of '25 Trumpets for the Future', stating that Taylor displays "a probing, adroit lyricism and a gift for complex, imaginative composition." In 2002 Taylor released his debut recording entitled "Wake Up Call" on the Barcelona-based Fresh Sound/New Talent label, and followed up on the same label in 2006 with "Metaview". In 2010 he released "American Dream" on the prestigious Sunnyside label, to critical acclaim. It has been hailed as a "smart and engaging sonic commentary" by JazzTimes magazine. Downbeat magazine called it "ambitious" and "imaginative". All Music Guide remarked that it sounded like "what might have happened had Dizzy Gillespie met Bill Frisell." Forthcoming in early 2011 is the debut of a new electro-acoustic project, entitled "Recombination", on 19/8 Records. Writer Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen has already noted the album as a "reason to look forward to 2011" alongside projects by such greats as Joe Lovano and Brad Mehldau, stating that Taylor "deserves much wider recognition."
As a sideman, Taylor won a Grammy award in 2005 working with Dave Holland on the album "Overtime", and continues to play lead trumpet in the ensemble. He is also long-time a member of Guillermo Klein's "Los Guachos" and has performed & recorded with many other artists such as Richard Bona, Maynard Ferguson, Peter Herborn's 'Large', Jamie Baum, and Andrew Rathbun. In the past Taylor has performed with Luciana Souza, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Clark Terry, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, , the JC Sanford Orchestra, the Alan Ferber Big Band, Ed Palermo's 'Frank Zappa Big Band', TILT Brass Ensemble, the Bjorkestra, the Joey Sellars Jazz Aggregation, Rosemary Clooney, Helen Merrill, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, the Pablo Ablanedo Octet, and the Big Apple Circus, amongst others.
Taylor grew up in the quiet woods of New Hampshire, where he began his musical life around the age of 4 by plunking out television and movie themes by ear on the family piano. Formal piano lessons began at 5, and at the age of 10 Taylor started to play the trumpet in school band. He proved to be a natural at the instrument and had very little private instruction until after high school, when he earned full merit-based scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate school to pursue his musical studies. Taylor studied classical trumpet with Dr. Robert Stibler at the University of New Hampshire (BA, 1994), and there he found a mentor in the great Clark Terry, who frequented the university. in 1994 he relocated to New York City to study with trumpet legend Lew Soloff at the Manhattan School of Music (MM, 1996). In 1997 he was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition.
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