Jazz trumpeter Pat Harbison has taught jazz history, improvisation, jazz pedagogy, trumpet, and ensembles at Indiana University since 1997. He has been on the faculty of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Workshops since 1976. Previously he taught trumpet and jazz at the University of Cincinnati for 13 years.
Pat became intent on a career in music in his early teens, when he became a protégé of jazz education pioneer, Jamey Aebersold. Jamey exposed him to the magic of jazz and instructed Pat in improvisation, arranging, and composition. After graduating from the University of Louisville, where he studied trumpet with Leon Rapier, he spent time freelancing in New York City and studying with Carmine Caruso. He returned to his native Indiana for graduate study in jazz with David Baker, Dominic Spera and trumpet with William Adam.
Pat has performed and recorded with his own groups around the world. In addition to being an active guest soloist and clinician and his work as a bandleader, Pat’s credits include work with Ritmos Unidos, the Postmodern Jazz Quartet, the Jamey Aebersold Quintet, the PsychoAcoustic Orchestra, John VonOhlen’s Blue Wisp Big Band, and David Baker’s 21st Century Bebop Band. In over five decades as a jazz trumpet artist and educator, Pat has performed at major jazz concerts and festivals and taught aspiring musicians about jazz around the world. Pat is the author of many articles on jazz and trumpet, as well as several books, including Trumpetology, Technical Studies for the Modern Trumpet and Twenty Authentic Bebop Solos.
Pat Harbison plays Vincent Bach trumpets.