Among the many great musicians who choose life in Denver over New York City or Los Angeles, giving Denver a reputation as a serious jazz city, is Alan Hood, jazz trumpet player and educator.

Al directs the Lamont Jazz Ensemble at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and performs with their artist-in-residence ensembles, the faculty brass quintet, and the faculty jazz combo.  Prior to joining the University of Denver, he taught jazz trumpet and musicology at the University of Miami while pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in jazz performance.  He has also taught at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Richmond in Virginia.

As a freelance trumpet performer, he performs and records in and beyond the Colorado region, playing with the Denver Brass, the Ken Walker Jazz Sextet, the Aries Brass Quintet, and Conjuto Colores.

Al Hood has toured the world with the Phil Collins Big Band, appearing at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals and at New York City’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.  He has appeared with the orchestras of Woody Herman, Glenn Miller and Harry James and performed on stage with Ray Charles, Doc Severinsen, Natalie Cole, Manhattan Transfer, Arturo Sandoval, John Faddis, Conte Candoli, Clark Terry and many more.

He can be heard on CDs including Phil Collins’ “A Hot Night in Paris” and on well over two dozen other jazz, commercial, and classical recordings.  He is currently working on his first solo CD recording project.

Al is married and has a daughter.  He enjoys travel and photography.

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