Michael Hackett is Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. An active performer, Dr. Hackett has performed with pops orchestras backing up artists such as Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, and Perry Como. His playing has been featured in many national television and radio commercials, the movie sound track to “The Aviator,” and numerous jazz recordings.
Dr. Hackett received his DM Brass Pedagogy from the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and well as his BM and MM in Jazz Studies from the same. His principal teachers include trumpet studies with Bill Adam and John Rommel and jazz studies with David Baker, the Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies at Indiana.
He is featured on many commercially available recordings, including those with Scott Whitfield’s Jazz Orchestra East, three recordings with The Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, and “Basically Baker: the Music of David Baker.”
The first solo recording of Michael Hackett is entitled “Circles” and was released on the Summit Records label in 2005. A follow up has been recorded with an expected release in 2013.
An Endorsing Artist for Conn-Selmer, Dr. Hackett plays on the Conn Vintage One line of trumpets and flugelhorns, and for the last five years he has been a faculty member at the Yellowstone Jazz camps in Wyoming.