Stafford Hunter

Multi Grammy Award nominated trombonist & sea shells player (and sometimes vocalist) is a Philadelphia native (but born in Atlantic City, NJ). He became a professional musician at the age of 16. And, was an award winner of the "Al Green Award for Musical Excellence". It acknowledged Stafford as "the most promising jazz trombone talent". Graduate of the New School Jazz & Contemporary Music Program (NYC). Of which, he was the first trombonist to actually graduate from the New School Jazz Program.

Beside music, Stafford appeared as a model in the December 1992 issue of L'Uomo Vogue (the Italian Vogue magazine for men). This issue also featured jazz greats like Milt Hinton, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, etc... and he appeared in a documentary film on the late-great pianist, Dorothy Donegan. Also, he was an actor in a movie titled "the Day the Ponies Came Back" which was released in 2001 in France. He also appeared in a Diet Coke television commercial which featured Sir Elton John.

He has performed at former US President Bill Clinton's first inaugural. Since then, Stafford has performed, recorded and toured all over the world with the likes of Illinois Jacquet, McCoy Tyner, Lester Bowie & Brass Fantasy, Adbullah Ibrahim, Charli Persip, Charles Tolliver, Tony Bennett, Roy Hargrove, Donald Byrd Dance Troupe, Cab Calloway Orchestra, Joss Stone, Orrin Evans, the Mingus Big Band, Lauryn Hill, Frank Foster, Clark Terry, Reggie Workman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Dionne Warwick, Lenny Kravitz, Muhal Richard Abrams, Amy Winehouse, Oliver Lake, Steve Turre & Sanctified Shells, and was a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra for 21 years among other groups.

Presently, Stafford performs with Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band and many major music groups in the USA, South America, Europe, and Asia, as well as his own groups. Also, he frequently gives masterclasses, lectures, concerts as a special guest and gives lessons at universities & high schools and privately in Japan, Russia, Europe and around the world.

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Stafford Hunter