In the orchestral world, he has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the world premiere of Charles Ives' "Universe Symphony." Scott has three CDs as leader/composer: With Ease, One Though, and Leaving.
He has finished his first book, Playing the Body Playing the Bass, created the DVD, Qi Gong for Musicians, and is a Reiki Master.
Acoustic and electric basses.
Teachers and/or influences? Charlie Banacos, Dave Holland
playing with the Bill Evans Trio in Raleigh, N.C., in 1970, and decided that I wanted to be a bassist. I quit the tennis team at UNC-CH and started playing the bass.
Your sound and approach to music: I prefer an old school, "air-pushing" and decaying sound, yet one that has a modern point to the note that adds definition. I like being able to play all kinds of music, but really love playing melody driven music that has an organic mix of the written and freely improvised.
Your teaching approach: I try to take each student as having their own unique potential, and always begin with a focus on learning how to learn. I stress concentration, relaxation, and enjoyment of the process.
Your dream band:
The group that is on my latest CD on Steeplechase, Leaving, satisfies on all levels: Billy Drewes, Gary Versace
and Jeff Brillinger if we knew the old tun "Milestones," and we all said "no." So, he says "One, Two, One-Two-Three-Four!" We had to play a tune we did not know, and it was a live recording and radio broadcast throughout northern Europe.
The Village Vanguard.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?One Thought (Steeplechase Records). I love the interaction of the two saxophonists (Loren Stillman
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? I think that my tunes combine a melodic underpinning to a modern concept of having the written sound like the freely improvised. I am always seeking the marriage of the loose and the organized.
Did you know...
I love to read, and my hobby is studying things that have to with Eastern martial arts and energy work.
How would you describe the state of jazz today? Vibrant, amazing, fertile...and yet, the fan base is too small and only the top-tier players can expect to make a decent living.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? The music schools are the main engine for creating young lovers and supporters of the music.
What is in the near future? I have a new recording with a tenor trio group featuring Andrew Rathbun and Jeff Hirshfield, with compositions from Andrew and myself. And we just recorded another CD with the same group as on Leaving, with Billy Drewes, Gary Versace, and Jeff Hirshfield, that showcase more of Billy's compositions.
I am a father of a teenage daughter and teach privately in NYC and am a faculty member in the jazz department at Kutztown University.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: Tennis or golf instructor, or acupuncturist.