Born: February 16, 1970 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
Brent Blount has been a foundational piece of the Oklahoma Jazz and Blues community for the last 22 years, and now he resides in Cheektowaga, New York. Brent frequents local jam sessions, and has begun performing and recording once again. Doug Hill of Pop Magazine describes the experience of his performance as Falling into a slow grove, he found intonations that escalated from the icy depths into bright crisp sunshine. Staccato stutter-steps danced off into brass oblivion. Blount played entire long solos with eyes closed, opening at the conclusion as if waking from a sweet dream (2000).
He began as a saxophone player at Bianca's, a local jazz and blues club, in 1986 in Oklahoma City at the tender age of 16. He fell in love with the Blues. At the age of 12 Jazz would invade his world with confusion at the induction of John Coltrane into his ear, love it or hate it, he was obsessed. By his nineteenth year on earth Ernie Watts would provide clarification and cement the relationship with jazz that would last a lifetime. Brent is classically trained in the art of Saxophone and Clarinet performance and rounds off this talent with outstanding clarity in blues guitar and the Native American flute. He is truly a musician's musician. Ameritone records referred to him as an artist “who melds tradition and originality into his musical range from Bach to late John Coltrane (2004).
Brent's eclectic talent is well represented in his vast experience. Brent was awarded outstanding soloist at the Wichita Jazz Festival in 1994 and 2001. He has performed with a variety of renowned artist's from the Scott Keeton Band and Danny White to Smilin Vic and the Temptations. He regularly performs at local venues such as Maker's Cigar Lounge and Bourbon Street Cafe. He has also been a staple at local events such as Chocolate Decadence, the Paseo Arts Festival, Oklahoma City Festival of Arts and Stillwater Blues Festival. A varied recording history is available on Get Some Sauce on Your Monkey by Big Daddy and The Sauce Monkeys in 1998; A Suncrush for Sweethearts by Eric Sarmienta in 1997; and After All These Years in which Blount produced in 1996.
Brent Blount: Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Blues and Jazz Guitar, and Native American Flute
1996: Composed, produced and recorded the acoustic jazz album, After All These Years.
2005: Composed, recorded and produced an original acoustic jazz album, Breakfast at Jim's Album has saxophone, clarinet, electric guitar, and a Native American cedar flute.
Performed Breakfast at Jim's live in 2005 at Jazz in June in Norman, Oklahoma; opening up before Cathy Cousins and Thelonious Monk Jr. See video here titled “Bad Pun, Live!”
2008: Composed, recorded and produced his first Native American flute album, “Black Kettle’s Vision.”
2009: Composed, recorded and produced a short jazz album entitled “Freedom.” He also did his second Native American flute album, “Coyotes.”
2010: Composed, recorded and produced his third Native American flute album, “To Eleazer Williams.”
Awards:Outstanding soloist at the Wichita Jazz Festival in 1994 and 2001.
Ameritone records referred to him as an artist who melds tradition and originality into his musical range from Bach to late John Coltrane (2004).