By All About Jazz
Keyon Harrold is a talented trumpeter/composer/ Platinum music producer from the same hometown as legend Miles Davis, Saint Louis, Missouri. He has one of the most fresh and unique approaches to improvisation on the jazz scene today. He is a graduate of New School University Mannes Jazz Program. He is a protégé of the esteemed voice of jazz, Wynton Marsalis who speaks of Keyon in a Down Beat magazine article “Talkin’ Trumpets” Marsalis saids, “Keyon Harrold is the future of the trumpet and he is one of the most sought after trumpeters in the world”.
He (harrold) has studied trumpet with such masters as Jimmy Owens Laurie Frink, Susan Slaughter, Charles Tolliver, Cecil Bridgewater, and Eddie Henderson and he (harrold) now reciprocates what he has been taught to scores of other musicians whether it be trumpet, jazz , or music production theory to all levels of musicians. Harrold’s debut album “Introducing Keyon Harrold” is available on the Criss Cross label; a label that prides itself on finding the new gems in jazz.
Keyon is a multi-faucited musician; a performer, a prolific writer, a producer/arranger, and band leader. He continuously works with a variety of incredible artists in all genres and has been often called the “Trumpeter of the stars”.
Harrold has toured and or recorded with: David Sandborn, Jay-Z, Guitarist Mark Whitfield, Pop icon Lauren Hill, Diva Chaka Khan, Artist Macy Gray, Hip hop Superstar Common Sense, pianist John Hicks, Gospel Legend Richard Smallwood, Bassist Christian McBride, Saxophonist Billie Harper’s Quintet, Mo Horns, The Count Basie Orchestra, Bassist Reggie Workman, Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Gospel icons Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Drummer Jeff ‘Tain” Watts, Neo Soul Queen Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, The Roots, Girl Band Destiny’s Child, The Hawkins Family, Trumpeter Roy Hargrove, Diva Sandra Reeves Phillips- Late Great ladies in Jazz And Blues, The Artist formally known as Prince, Producer/Song writer Steven “Soup” White, Drummer Cecil Brooks III, R&B Songstress Kelly Price, Saxophone Legend James Spalding, Jam Band “Soul Live”, The Charles Tolliver Big Band, Leon Lacy and his Inner Voices P.J. Morton and Debra brown and many others.
He has performed on the David Letterman Show with Jay-z, The Jay Leno Show, with Rodney Jerkins Common and Erykah Badu the Today Show with Katty Curry, Powell Symphony Hall, The Chris Rock Show, Fox NFL Under the Helmet, The Grammy Awards, The Stellar and Dove Awards with Israel and New Breed, Radio City Music Hall with Usher and Mary J blige, Paisley Park with Common and Prince, Soul Train, BET’s 106 & Park with Jay-Z, are some of his recent televised performances.
Keyon recently arranged and toured with R & B superstar MAXWELL. He is the trumpet player and a horn arranger on his (Maxwell) 3 time grammy winning and six time Grammy Award Nominated album Black Summers Night. And his solo on “Playing Possum” is a highlight of the record. Keyon can be seen with Music mogul Jay-z and is featured on his (jay-z) video “The Roc Boys.” And also featured on Jay-z’s Story Tellers performance on VH1.
He is a member of Mo Horns, saxophonist Marcus Strickland’s Open real deck Group, and also leads his own Horn Section Keykat Horns. Harrold also is CEO of Keykat Productions Inc. a music production company that has produced platinum hit records for 50Cent (Touch The Sky), Young Buck (Funeral Music), Mobb Deep (Backstage Pass), and LL cool J (Bump This) to name a few. And also writes music for HBO’s Acclaimed show Entourage. And has recently landed a song in the brand new EA sports video game MMA (ultimate fighting) video game. Most recently Harrold has collaborated with super producer Rodney Jerkins for music on American Idol. And arranged and recorded on Soul Star Anthony Hamilton’s new record BACK to Love (dec ‘11), on a song called Fair Love. Keyon is featured on singer and Grammy nominee Gregory Porter’s new Album.
Also is on Super Saxophonist James Carter’s new record “At the Crossroads” (October ’11). And harrold can be seen and heard on Gospel Icon Andre Crouch’s new DVD/ record LIVE in Los Angeles. (2011) Presently Keyon is the trumpeter of The Michael Jackson immortal World Tour presented by Cirque Du Soleil. Harrold Plays Adams Trumpets and Flugelhorns
“I feel that Adams Trumpets and Flugelhorns and all of their instruments for that matter are quickly becoming the industry standard in brass instruments for Jazz and classical music to hip hop and R&B. From the quality elements going in to the manufacturing of the instruments to the crispy yet warmeness coming out of the bell of my flugel; not to leave out the fresh Look, proves the quality of instrument that the Adams brand is and makes. The true test of any quality product is the Word of Mouth from other users, the way I came to know about Adams is ”sound of Horn”. I don’t do a recording are performance without mine.”
This article originally appeared on All About Jazz.