Brian Horton is a composer, saxophonist, producer and studio engineer from Colorado (by way of North Carolina). He has earned degrees in music from North Carolina Central University (BA, BM), Queens College (MA), and the University of North Texas (DMA). Dr. Horton has taught at his alma mater North Carolina Central University alongside artist in residence Branford Marsalis and is currently a professor at the University of Northern Colorado where he teaches jazz history, theory, pedagogy, and arranging.
Horton’s velvety tone elicits a soulful warmth shaped by harmonically complex ideas, disguised in the thoughtful craft of lyrical melodies. A long time sideman and arranger to jazz drummer Winard Harper (Harper Brothers, Dr. Billy Taylor, Betty Carter) led to group performances with jazz greats Clark Terry, Wycleff Gordon, Carrie Smith, George Cables, Frank Wess, and a host of others.
Throughout the series, Brian will be joined by a number front range jazz greats including Ken Walker, Jim White, Ben Markley, and Todd Reid