Victor Haskins is a visionary, world-class trumpet and electronic wind instrument (EWI) player, improviser, composer/arranger, bandleader, and educator. As an artist, Victor seeks to be an advocate for, and a practitioner of, passionate and creative thought, activity, and existence, especially through (but certainly not limited to) situations involving or based upon the art of improvisation in its many forms.
Victor brings a one-of-a-kind, unique spirit and perspective to all that he does in life. This worldly approach to life is a result of growing up in a variety of diverse settings, and traveling extensively. Through music, Victor is able to synthesize his thoughts and experiences into audible emotions and sonic stories to connect with audiences. His compositions and improvisations never cease to elude the expectations of the listener, thus providing a constant stream of interest and excitement--all possible because of a foundation of meticulous, originally-conceived logic, and an open mind. The only predictable aspect of Victor's music is the clear message forged into the hearts and minds of listeners.
Victor has accomplished much in his short career thus far. Some notable highlights include the creation of his own improvisational concept--Melodic Improvisation--as well as an independently conceived musical genre that is based on that concept, called ImproviStory. He released his debut album of all original compositions-- "The Truth"--on 32 Bar Records in March of 2013. In 2012, He was a special guest teacher and performer at the inaugural Izmir International Jazz Camp in Izmir, Turkey, and he has been the Director of the Jazz Outreach program for the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts National Symphony Orchestra Education Department since its inception in 2014. Victor is currently (2016) the Instructor of Jazz Trumpet at the College of William & Mary. Victor has also been featured at the Richmond Jazz Festival (2013-2015), Richmond’s 2nd Street Festival (2011), the Elkhart Jazz Festival (2014), the Apex Jazz Festival (2014), and the Festival of New Trumpet Music (2014). In addition, some of Victor's activities are supported by grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
A partial list of artists with whom Victor has either recorded and/or performed includes Christina Perri, Clarence Penn (Michael Brecker), Craig Handy (Herbie Hancock), Delfeayo Marsalis, Dena DeRose, Drew Gress (Ravi Coltrane), Howard Curtis, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon, Jason Mraz, Julius Mckee (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), k.d. lang, Keb Mo’, Larry Willis, Lonnie Liston-Smith, Marc Cary (Roy Hargrove), Mike Smith (Frank Sinatra), Nasheet Waits, Nat Reeves (Kenny Garrett), Phil Wiggins, Plunky Branch, René Marie, Robbin Thompson, Roger Lewis (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), Steve Bassett, Tarus Mateen, the Temptations, Tia Fuller, Tommy Campbell (Sonny Rollins).