Taylor Haskins is being hailed as one of the most original new voices on the trumpet today. Downbeat magazine declared him one of it's 'Trumpets of 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-plus 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 five recordings of his compositions: "Wake Up Call" (Fresh Sound - 2003), "Metaview" (Fresh Sound - 2008), "American Dream" (Sunnyside Records - 2010), "Recombination" (Nineteen-Eight - 2011), and most recently "Fuzzy Logic" (Sunnyside Records - 2014), which has received widespread critical acclaim since it's recent release.
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. Although he is and has been a freelancer for most of his musical life, Taylor worked full-time for 5 years as a composer for the cutting-edge music production house tomandandy™ , composing and producing music for everything from national television commercials to high-profile films, cutting-edge art installations and fashion shows, as well as helping to test and develop proprietary music software that implemented artifical intelligence-based technology and which eventually received a U.S. patent.
Originally hailing from the woods of New Hampshire and having thrived as a musician in New York City for 20 years, Taylor now resides in the Champlain Valley region of upstate New York.