Pharez Whitted

Pharez Whitted

Whitted at the 2005 Indy Jazz Fest
Background information
Born 1960
Indianapolis, Indiana
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, soul jazz, funk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trumpet
Years active 1982–present
Labels Owl
Associated acts Slide Hampton, Virtue Hampton Whitted, Bobby Broom, Eddie Bayard, Bob Hurst, John Mellencamp

Pharez Whitted is an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and producer.


Since 1982, Whitted has performed throughout the United States and overseas, including gigs at the 1988 Presidential Inauguration, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Billboard Music Awards, Carnegie Hall, and the MoTown Music Showcase.

Whitted studied music at DePauw University and earned a master's degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is currently director of jazz studies at Chicago State University and as of 2009 plays in Chicago, regionally, nationally and internationally, often with Bobby Broom, Ron Perrillo, and Eddie Bayard. Whitted is a Conn-Selmer clinician. He is the son of singer and bassist Virtue Hampton Whitted and the nephew of trombonist Slide Hampton.[1]

Whitted has performed with such jazz musicians as Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, George Duke, Kirk Whalum, Elvin Jones, Slide Hampton, John Mellencamp, The Temptations, Roy Meriwether, The O'Jays, Lou Rawls, Ramsey Lewis, and former The Tonight Show bassist and classmate Bob Hurst. Whitted wrote, produced, arranged, and played on his two albums for Mo Jazz entitled Pharez Whitted and Mysterious Cargo. He also co-produced the Mo Jazz album People Make the World Go 'Round.[2]

Whitted's third album, Transient Journey was released in 2010 by Indianapolis jazz label Owl Studios.[3]

In January 2011, Pharez Whitted was nominated for the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards in the Jazz Album category for Transient Journey.[4]





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