The artistic director is Dennis Bradley Reynolds
, a former lead trumpet player with the Count Basie Band directed by Frank Foster, a former member of the Lionel Hampton orchestra and a former lead trumpeter with the Clark Terry Big Band. Mr. Reynolds has performed with such stars as Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Lawrence and Edie Gormé, Rita Moreno, Patti Austin, Roberta Flack, Rosemary Clooney and Ella Fitzgerald.
A resident of Warren, Ohio, Reynolds has assembled this group of artists who make up the Jazz Heritage Orchestra not only because they are excellent performers and teachers, but also for their ability to relate to young people and to serve as role models. Reynolds is a graduate of the Lamont School of Music.