Huntertones is a high energy horn-driven band founded in Columbus, OH and currently based in Brooklyn, NY. The band’s signature sound comes from adventurous original compositions and arrangements that meld jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop, R&B, and rock - all written by the band’s frontmen, Jon Lampley, Chris Ott, and Dan White. In addition to covering a wide range of genres, the group is known for its ability to shift from a dynamic six-piece ensemble to an unconventional trio featuring saxophone, sousaphone, and beat-boxing.
Huntertones started off 2016 with a month-long American Music Abroad tour of Bermuda, Ecuador, Togo, and Zimbabwe. They were selected by the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to serve as musical ambassadors and engage with international audiences, students and local artists from around the globe. Other recent performances include appearances at major U.S. and international jazz festivals, most notably at the Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest, Rochester Jazz Festival, and Toronto Jazz Festival, as well as a show at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH.
In November 2015 the Huntertones released their first self-titled EP, mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer Bassy Bob (Herbie Hancock, Soulive, Brian McKnight). In the same year they were acknowledged by National Public Radio (NPR) for their submission to the Tiny Desk Contest, which showcases the talents of thousands of up-and-coming musicians nationwide. Select music from this album has also recently been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition. Additional recording projects (under their former name Dan White Sextet) include Your Song (2014), Play (2013), and New York Sessions (2012).
Individually, members of Huntertones have compiled a diverse resume of collaborations with top artists in the pop, jazz, soul, and musical theater worlds. This includes work with Snarky Puppy, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, O.A.R., Andy Grammar, Allen Stone, Phillip Phillips, Ricky Martin, Umphrey’s McGee, Red Baraat, Eric Krasno, Fred Wesley, Rashawn Ross, Jeff Coffin, Micky Dolenz, Hadden Sayers, Lew Soloff, Sean Jones, Felix Pastorius, Tony Monaco, Byron Stripling, Bobby Floyd, and Christian Howes; Tony winners Norbert Leo Butz, and Lena Hall; and ensembles such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, the national tour of Guys and Dolls, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and many others.