Bryan Hooten is a trombonist, composer and educator who performs with a variety of ensembles from across the musical spectrum. Most recently, Hooten released his debut solo trombone album, Richmond Love Call, which features his pioneering work in multiphonics and overtone singing through original compositions, improvisations and jazz standards. Richmond Love Call was also placed on the ballot for Debut Album in the 6th Annual Jazz Critics Poll. Hooten plays trombone in the eight-piece group, Fight the Big Bull (Clean Feed Records) who has been called “refreshingly original and, at many points, breathtaking” by All About Jazz New York. With this group he has shared the stage with Ken Vandermark, Steven Bernstein, David Karsten Daniels, Megafaun and Bon Iver, including performances at Undead Jazzfest, Duke Performances, and the MusicNow Festival and at the Kennedy Center. This group will soon perform its Sounds of the South project at the Sydney Opera House. Hooten also records and performs with Richmond-based No BS! Brass, who tours regurlarly and recently released its fourth studio album, RVA All Day. Hooten serves as one of the house musicians for Richmond’s own Spacebomb Records, having made recordings with Mountain Goats, Karl Blau, Matthew E. White, Natalie Prass and Joe Westerlund of Megafaun. Hooten plays trombone and composes for Ombak, described by www.bagatellen.com as “an extraordinarily unique group, a swaggering quartet that chomps and bellows like Albert Mangelsdorff fronting prog-rock.” Ombak’s albums, Framing the Void and Fan Bricks are available now and have earned rave reviews from local and national media. Hooten is a former member of the acclaimed salsa band Bio Ritmo, with whom he toured the United States and Puerto Rico and performed at such landmarks as Lincoln Center and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Hooten’s performing and composing have earned him an invitation to the 2012 Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music and he has served as guest artist at the 2013 Mars Hill New Music Festival.
Hooten has composed and arranged for small and large jazz and chamber groups, wind ensemble, chorus, marching band and solo trombone/bass trombone. He has written for such jazz luminaries as Seamus Blake and Scott Colley as well as VCU’s own Rex Richardson and his work has been published by the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press.
As an educator, Hooten currently teaches Jazz Orchestra II, Small Jazz Ensembles, Jazz Composition lessons and Music Theory at VCU. He directs the James River High School Jazz Band, teaches trombone lessons at Hanover High School and is the assistant director of the Greater Richmond High School Jazz Band. He is a former faculty member of the Virginia Governor’s School for the Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts where he taught brass ensembles and courses on music theory, salsa music and Zen Buddhism. He has also served as an adjudicator/clinician at the Tri-State Jazz Festival at James Madison University.
Hooten studied jazz and classical trombone at the University of Southern Mississippi, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies in 2004. In 2006 he earned a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance at Virginia Commonwealth University
Web site : http://bryanhooten.com/
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