Alphonso Horne Visiting Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet


  • Jazz Studies

East Lansing, MI 48824


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Alphonso Horne is one of the most sought-after musicians today. Known for his high level of musicianship, Horne has performed with some of the leading musicians in jazz including, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, PBS Special: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, and playing on Grammy nominated albums (Jamison, 2015; My Favorite Things, 2015).

Horne leads an active career as a sideman. Some of his credits include, the Tony Award winning Broadway production After Midnight, the Tony Award Nominated Shuffle Along, touring with Allen Stone, performing with the Count Basie Orchestra, touring with Rhiannon Giddens, and recently with Rihanna at the Video Music Award show in 2017. Horne also was the producer for Nancy Harrow’s album The Song is All.

Currently Horne teaches at the annual Savannah Swing Central and Music Festival, where he commissioned an arrangement for this 2018 season. As a leader, he is the bandleader of an early jazz band Gotham Kings and is producing his original show "Mother Kofi: The Tale of An African Princess."

Alphonso can also be seen on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and in the jazz biopic, “BOLDEN."

Alphonso holds a Bachelor's of Music from Florida State University (2010) and a Master's of Music in Jazz Studies from The Juilliard School (2013).