Taylor Haskins is being hailed as one of the most original new voices on the trumpet today. Downbeat magazine named him one of it's 'trumpets of the future', stating that Taylor displays "a probing, adroit lyricism and a gift for complex, imaginative composition." Icon magazine remarked that "his playing catches you off-guard in a most wonderful way". His unique and open-minded approach to music caused the the East Bay Express to declare that "with musicians like Taylor Haskins, critics and marketing people need to formulate new genre terminology".
Taylor has released five albums of original compositions: "Wake Up Call" (Fresh Sound - 2003), "Metaview" (Fresh Sound - 2008), "American Dream" (Sunnyside Records - 2010), "Recombination" (19/8 Records - 2011), and most recently "Fuzzy Logic" (Sunnyside Records - 2014), all of which have received widespread critical acclaim.
Taylor has performed, recorded and toured the world playing a wide variety of music over the course of the past quarter-century, most recently with Nels Cline's "Lovers" project, which released an album on Blue Note Records in August of 2016. Early stints included tours with the Artie Shaw Orchestra (at age 19) and Maynard Ferguson's 'Big Bop Nouveau'. Taylor is a founding member of Guillermo Klein's 'Los Guachos' and has toured & recorded with the Richard Bona Group and the Dave Holland Big Band, with whom Taylor won a Grammy™ award in 2005 for the album 'Overtime'.
In addition, Taylor has also been composing and producing music for media for almost twenty years, and in the process he has contributed music to major films and scored dozens of national commercials. Taylor worked full-time for over five years as an in-house composer for the cutting-edge music production house tomandandy™, composing music for countless major commercial campaigns, films, and art installations, as well as helping to develop and test proprietary music software that implemented artificial intelligence-based algorithms to create new music. The software eventually received a U.S. Patent.
Taylor holds degrees in music from the Manhattan School of Music (MM, 1996) and the University of New Hampshire (BA, 1993).
Originally hailing from the woods of Southern New Hampshire and having thrived as a musician in New York city for over 20 years, Taylor now resides in the Champlain Valley region of New York's Adirondack mountains.