School of Music
Performing and Visual Arts
Brian Horton is a composer, saxophonist and educator from Kinston, North Carolina. He has earned degrees in music from North Carolina Central University (BA, BM), Queens College (MA), and the University of North Texas (DMA). He has studied with Dr. Ira Wiggins, Todd Williams, Michael Philip Mossman, Sir Roland Hanna, and Richard DeRosa. A long time sideman and arranger to jazz drummer Winard Harper (Harper Brothers, Dr. Billy Taylor, Betty Carter) led to group performances with jazz greats Clark Terry, Wycleff Gordon, Carrie Smith, George Cables, Frank Wess, and a host of others. His work has also been sited with latin percussionist Kevin Jones (10th World), producer Just Blaze (Snoop Dogg, Memphis Bleek), and Kelvin Sholar (Esoterica). His music has been featured in several independent documentaries for Columbia and Stanford Universities, ESPN, Foot Locker, the Durham Symphony, writer and cultural theorist Scott Heath (Callaloo Journal, Head Theory: Hip_Hop Discourse and Black-Based Culture), author Adam Mansbach (Kodiak Brinks-Stand For Nothing, Fall For Anything), choreographer Amy Chavasse (Low Winter Light), and director Spike Lee (Jackie Robinson Tribute, Weiden+Kennedy). Brian Horton's Trios and Quartets have toured through several European and Middle Eastern countries including Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan through the auspices of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad Tours.
Dr. Horton has taught at his alma mater North Carolina Central University alongside artist in residence Branford Marsalis. He is currently a professor at the University of Northern Colorado where he teaches jazz history, theory, pedagogy, and arranging