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Taylor Haskins

Instrument: TrumpetAMT Products Used: P800

“HEY AMT.. Man, that mic is the S***!!! The sound guy says he doesn’t have to EQ it at all, just a little compression on it and GO! it really sounds incredible & i’m very excited about it. ” – Taylor Haskins

Taylor Haskins is fast becoming one of the most diverse talents in music, diving head-first into everything from playing with world-class jazz ensembles, new music ensembles and bare-bones experimental rock bands to composing & producing original music for film, television, art installations, and for his own group, the Taylor Haskins Experiment. In 2002 Taylor released his debut recording entitled “Wake Up Call” on the Barcelona-based Fresh Sound/New Talent label. called it an “impressive debut, wherein traditional forms are discarded and the beauty of new forms revealed.” Recently Taylor released his second CD on Fresh Sound, entitled “Metaview”.

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. He studied classical trumpet with Dr. Robert Stibler at the University of New Hampshire (BA, 1994), and in 1994 Taylor 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.

Currently Taylor plays lead trumpet with the Grammy™ award-winning Dave Holland Big Band, performs regularly with Cameroonian singer/bassist Richard Bona, and has also been a long-time member of Guillermo Klein’s ‘Los Guachos’. In addition, he has also performed and recorded with Maynard Ferguson’s ‘Big Bop Nouveau”, Andrew Rathbun, Luciana Souza, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Clark Terry, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Peter Herborn’s ‘Large’, Ed Palermo’s ‘Frank Zappa Big Band’, TILT Brass Ensemble, the Bjorkestra, the Joey Sellars Jazz Aggregation, Rosemary Clooney, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, the Pablo Ablanedo Octet amongst many others.

In addition to playing trumpet and composing music for his own projects, Taylor has proven himself a versatile composer for various media, utilizing technology in combination with traditional composing methods. He has composed and produced music for over 50 national TV commercials for clients such as Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, Target, AT&T, Buick, MasterCard, Bounty, LL Bean, Canon and others. He has created music & sound design for network ID’s on the USA Networks as well as the WE Network. Taylor has also contributed original music to such films as “Arlington Road” (1999), “Waking the Dead” (2000), “No Maps For These Territories” (2000), “The Mothman Prophecies” (2001), “The Rules of Attraction” (2003), and most recently “Sorry, Haters” (2006). Taylor has scored numerous independent short films, including the award-winning comedy “Spot”, for which he also wrote the screenplay. In addition to this myriad of musical activities, Taylor has also served as Creative Supervisor for music production house ‘Face the Music’ in Los Angeles, and for several years composed music as well as developed AI-based music software for ‘tomandandy’ in New York.

Taylor currently lives & works in Brooklyn, NY.