Hermon Mehari

Trumpeter & Composer

Trumpeter Hermon Mehari’s debut solo album Bleu, reached No. 1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts upon release in March 2017. He is the first place winner of the 2015 Carmine Caruso International Trumpet Competition and a semifinalist in the 2014 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. As a founding member of Diverse, whose eponymous debut album on Seattle-based Origin Records reached the Top 40 on the Jazzweek Radio Charts, Hermon has performed professionally with noted saxophonists Jaleel Shaw, Logan Richardson and Bobby Watson. He has also performed with Hubert Laws, Randy Brecker, Paul Mckee, Dave Pietro, Clay Jenkins and many other great musicians. The band Diverse notably shared a double bill with Roy Haynes' Birds of a Feather band as headliners of the 2008 Gene Harris Jazz Festival.

Hermon received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2010. He freelances in and out of Kansas City with all types of groups varying in styles such as Progressive Rock, Hip-Hop, Folk, Neo-Soul, R&B and much more. In addition to performing, Hermon dedicates himself to being a serious educator. He has participated in clinics and panels around the country and regularly teaches at music camps during the summers.

What makes Kansas City a great place for creativity and innovation?
A number of things make Kansas City a great place for creativity and innovation. The most important one is the sheer number of artistic individuals who live here and are willing to work together. There are also great people and groups here to support these artistic endeavors. Also, Kansas City is a low-cost place to live, which makes it more financially viable to make a living as an artist.

When and where are you happiest?
I'm happiest on the band stand performing with my friends for audiences who love making a connection through the music.

What is your favorite place in Kansas City?
Broadway Café.

Where's your favorite place outside of Kansas City?
Paris, France.

What's your most treasured personal possession?
My trumpet!

Who's your favorite fictional hero?
Goku.

Who do you most admire in real life?
The greatest person I know, Shannon Michalski!

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