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  • Specialist in Jazz Trumpet
Office Location: MRH 6.254
  • Jazz Trumpet

Dennis Dotson, specialist in jazz trumpet, has been a professional trumpeter for fifty years, having played in the house bands in Las Vegas and free-lanced in New York City and Houston, Texas, where he now lives. He was trumpet soloist in the Woody Herman and Buddy Rich big bands and as a small group player has performed alongside Joe Lovano, Joe Henderson, Marvin Stamm and David Liebman, among others, and has performed in big bands with such as Carl Fontana, Bobby Shew, Tom Harrell, and Kenny Wheeler. He has been on the faculty at Houston Community College, where he taught private lessons in trumpet and improvisation and has been jazz trumpet instructor at the University of Houston. He has led several All-Region high school jazz bands and has been a guest soloist/adjudicator/clinician at over forty high schools and colleges. He is very active as a trumpet player in jazz and commercial circles throughout the state of Texas, has performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and has been a sideman on numerous jazz recordings.