The Hornheads, an extraordinarily talented group of horn players, has been gathering international acclaim from artists and critics alike, since 1991.

On tour and in the studio with Prince and the New Power Generation from 1991-2001, the Hornheads performed for over 2 million concert goers in twenty countries. Q Magazine, London, described them as “a peerless horn section...playing in bare brilliant syncopation, punching with a staccato precision beyond the grasp of science or Synclavier. Prince splashes their insouciant versatility all over the set list.” The Hornheads continued to record with Prince from 2011 until his passing in 2016.

Featured on hundreds of CD projects, the Hornheads have performed and/or recorded with national and international artists such as Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Vulfpeck, Chaka Kahn, Cory Wong, Judith Hill, Andy Allo, Mavis Staples, Phil Upchurch, Ricky Peterson, Stefan Redtenbacher, Jimmy Jam, Mandy Moore, The Jonas Brothers, Pedro Abrunhosa, Yumi Matsutoya, Babyface, Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas, France Gal, Tevin Campbell, Rosie Gaines, Larry Graham, Carmen Electra, Gegé Telesforo, and Ben Jor.

Individually, as top call session and show players, the Hornheads have performed and/or recorded with artists such as Janet Jackson, Rod Stewart, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Louie Bellson, Ray Charles, Clark Terry, Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Doc Severinsen, Burt Bacharach, Natalie Cole, Donny Osmond, Johnny Mathis, Michael Bolton, Trisha Yearwood, Lenny Kravitz, The Time, and many others.

As a solo ensemble performing at jazz festivals, arts series, universities, and high schools, this a cappella group brings their distinctive flair to jazz and funk music, combining virtuosic improvisation with sizzling ensemble work to create a truly unique music experience. They delight audiences with their artistry, versatility, musicality, and precision, covering American masters from Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk, to Leonard Bernstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Stevie Wonder, while completing their repertoire with dynamic Hornheads’ originals.

4/21/2016 With great sadness we say goodbye to PRINCE, the musical genius that was the impetus for the Hornheads creation. Our 25 year association with Prince started in 1991, traveling the world with him and the NPG on the Diamonds and Pearls tour. He was an uncompromising band leader and a flawless performer. Every show was a thrill beyond description that left you drained, yet exhilarated. We also had the privilege to record on dozens of his CDs and related artist projects, beginning with the 1992 "Symbol" album through his last release in 2016, as well as many, many tracks that are still resting in the vault. Sharing the studio with him was a revelation. His passion for music and the creative process was unparalleled and drove everyone around him to go beyond their own perceived limitation. He was a force of nature and will be missed by us along with the millions he touched from around the world. R.I.P. Prince

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HornHeads CDS


*NOTE - CD Baby has closed their online store. These CDs may be availble through Amazon. We are currently working to make them available for streaming and downlod. Stay tuned! Solo releases by this super funky jazz a cappella horn section, with tight, fiery ensemble work and jaw-dropping solos, covering composers such as Ellington, Miles and Monk, Leonard Bernstein and Stevie Wonder, along with a collection of inspired, innovative originals.

Big Band & Latin Ensemble

Big Band and Cuban Jazz releases featuring the Hornheads with rhythm section, originally produced for Target retail stores.



EveryTHING bLOWs! - 2019 release

"It's about time. What the hell took so long?"
some people, probably | More details...

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Fat Lip - 2004 release

"These guys are tighter than a gnat’s ass."
David Sanborn | More details...

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HORNHEADS: 5 Heads Are Better Than 1


5 Heads Are Better Than 1 - 1997 release

"...superb writing and, it's a gas."
Bobby Shew | More details...

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HORNHEADS: Hornheads


Hornheads - 1994 debut release

"The Hornheads are terrific."
Louie Bellson | More details...

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Smokin' Cuban Jazz

Backed by a percussion driven Latin rhythm section, the Hornheads add fiery ensemble work and burnin’ solos to this high energy Cuban jazz project.

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I Love Las Vegas

This hard swingin’ big band CD in the style of the Rat Pack features the Hornheads backed by a world class rhythm section.

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