Taylor Haskins is being hailed as one of the most original new voices on the trumpet today. Downbeat magazine declared him one of '25 Trumpets for the Future', stating that Taylor displays "a probing, adroit lyricism and a gift for complex, imaginative composition."
Taylor has performed and toured with a wide variety of groups over the past 20+ years; he currently performs and records with Guillermo Klein's 'Los Guachos', the Dave Holland Big Band (with whom he won a Grammy™ award in 2005), the Alan Ferber Expanded Ensemble, the JC Sanford Orchestra, Jamie Baum's Septet+ and the Joel Harrison 19, amongst others.Taylor holds a Bachelors degree in music performance (UNH, 1993) as well as a Masters degree in music performance & composition (Manhattan School of Music, 1996).
To date, he has released four recordings of his compositions under his name: "Wake Up Call" (Fresh Sound), "Metaview" (Fresh Sound), "American Dream" (Sunnyside), and most recently "Recombination" (Nineteen-Eight). Two new projects will be released in 2014, the first of which will be "Fuzzy Logic" on Sunnyside Records. This a recording of mostly original chamber-ballads that adds a string trio to Taylor's quartet.
In addition to his own recording projects Taylor has been composing music for media for over 15 years, and in the process he has scored dozens of national commercials and has contributed music to major motion pictures. Taylor worked for the cutting-edge music production studio tomandandy™ for nearly 6 years composing music for everything from television commercials to films, art installations and fashion shows, as well as helping to develop proprietary music software that implemented artifical intelligence-based technology, and which eventually recieved a U.S. patent.
Originally hailing from New Hampshire and having lived in New York City for 20 years, Taylor now resides in the Champlain valley region of upstate New York.