A talented young trumpeter/composer from St. Louis, Keyon Harrold has one of the freshest and unique approachesto jazz improvisation on thecurrent jazz scene. A graduate of the Mannes Jazz Program of the New School University in New York City, he is a protg of Wynton Marsalis who described him as the future of the trumpet in a Down Beat article called “Talkin’ Trumpets.” Keyon has also studied with Jimmy Owens, Charles Tolliver, Cecil Bridgewater and Eddie Henderson. He has performed and or recorded with Marsalis, Mark Whitfield, John Hicks, Christian McBride, Reggie Workman, Jeff ‘Tain” Watts, Roy Hargrove, James Spaulding, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Charles Tolliver Big Band, the Billie Harper Quintet, Soul Live, Prince, Macy Gray, Common Sense and Erykah Badu, among others. Keyon leads his own quartet and quintet and often appears at The Jazz Gallery, The Jazz Standard, Fatcat, the Blue Note and other New York jazz clubs. He has also performed in Asia, Italy, England and France and has upcoming engagements in Istanbul, Austria and Israel. Keyons television credits include appearances on The Jay Leno Show, the Today Show with Katie Courie, The Chris Rock Show, Fox NFL Under The Helmet, The Grammy Awards, SoulTrain and BET’s 106 & Park. He teaches underprivileged youths in high-risk neighborhoodsin New York with the HARMONY music program and is preparing the release of his debut recording as a leader. Keyon attended the 1997 Vail Jazz Workshop.
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