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Scott H. Thompson

Scott H. Thompson is a highly effective strategist for clients seeking enhanced media visibility.

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Scott Thompson served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for Jazz at Lincoln Center for almost a decade. He was brought in to help launch the organization's new facilities in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle in 2004. He was also Publicist for Dizzy's Club Coca- Cola. During that time, he established himself as a leading publicist in the entertainment field, garnering praise from peers and music professionals alike. Thompson initiated Scott Thompson PR in April 2013 and is growing a select client list, specializing in entertainment publicity.

With a background in broadcast journalism, Thompson's voice and work has been heard on the Associated Press Radio Network, the Mutual Broadcasting Network and NBC-AM New York with the Imus In The Morning Show. He has covered everything from Presidential press conferences to hard news in-field assignments. Thompson co-produced the New Haven Jazz Festival from 1994-2000, and worked in the New Haven Mayor's Office of Public Information. His experience spans radio, television, print and the internet. He knows how to pitch a story and to whom. Thompson has interviewed everybody from the Defense Secretary of the United States to Frank Zappa.

A prolific writer, Thompson has contributed to DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, and the All Music Guide. He penned the CD liner notes to Herbie Hancock “Head Hunters”, Weather Report “8:30”, George Duke “Brazilian Love Affair”, Stan Getz “The New Collection”, “The Essence of Maynard Ferguson”, and “The Essence of Al DiMeola”. He wrote all the monthly Playbill lead features since 2004 at JALC and continues to do so, totaling 100-plus articles. He is one of the original members of the Jazz Journalists Association.

While working in New York City, the media capital of the world, Thompson strengthened his contacts worldwide with his strong communicative skills and his easy-going personality. He has many friends in the business. Whether it's landing features on Japan's NHK television network or getting reviews in the New York Times, you can trust Thompson to get the job done.

“My latest album “Higher” (2019) on ArtistShare is a slight departure for me in that the song cycle consists of art songs played by jazz musicians (as well as sung by classical singers). It might have been a difficult album to promote but Scott started off strong using his experience and connections. Very quickly the critics gave us a listen and ended up supporting us overwhelmingly with stellar previews and reviews. Then we had a year of touring to wonderful venues here and in Europe. We filled every venue, large and small, with Scott being attentive to my concerns for cities, venues where they might not be as familiar with my music. Amazing! We have had a huge year and these days, that is rare. I would never try this without Scott again. Highly recommended!” - Patricia Barber ”Over the last nine years or so working with Scott Thompson at JALC has been a pleasure and a learning experience for me. I always felt like he was my personal Publicist for whichever event we were focusing on. His love of the music, the people and the passion he gives to his work is infectious. I look forward to working with Scott again in the near future.” - Joe Lovano, Musician ”Scott Thompson is a great friend to the music. His dedication and ability has promoted both the music and the musicians. We need more people like Scott!” - John Scofield, Musician ”I've had the opportunity to have Scott Thompson as my publicist on several occasions for various projects and he has always been able to produce great results- - even beyond what I had hoped for.” - Monty Alexander, Musician ”Scott Thompson is an excellent publicist who knows and loves the music, and I like his spirit. We work together in harmony and sincerity.” - Randy Weston - African Rhythms, Musician ”Scott Thompson is always ahead of the game! His dedication and expertise in every genre of music is a complete blessing to all musicians. The industry is blessed to have Mr. Thompson.” - Eddie Palmieri, Musician ”Scott is a consummate professional in public relations, a big and dynamic presence at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is approachable, prompt and ready with a smile!” - David Adler, Jazz writer ”Scott Thompson is a stand up guy who has a great agency. A true professional that understands the genre and knows his craft. He comes highly recommended.” - Lenny White, Musician

“Without promotion, something terrible happens . . . nothing!” —P. T. Barnum

Clients (Past & Present): Lenny White Randy Weston Elio Villafranca Monty Alexander Bobby Sanabria Bob Stewart T.K. Blue George Mraz/Camilla Mraz Rufus Reid Freddy Cole Patricia Barber Dion Parson Jimmy Cobb Jane Bunnett & Maqueque Letizia Gambi Robert Rodriguez Rodriguez Brothers Fahir Atakoglu Ted Nash Martin Wind Chris Washburne Loston Harris Cristina Morrison Pawel Ignatowicz Matthew White Matt Panayides Benjamin Lapidus Michele Rosewoman Antonio Ciacca Nicole Zuraitis The Blues Broads Rebel Tumbao Ben Markley Hadar Noiberg Teri Roiger John Menegon Aimée Allen Audrey Silver Billie Davies Bernard Brim Braxton Cook Danny Bacher Edmar Castaneda Eli Yamin Elsa Nilsson Floxy Bee Glenn Makos Jerry Granelli Jessica Jones Jazz Thieves Kinga LaFrae Sci Lauren Hooker Lina Orfanos Lorens Chuno Mark Fox Richard Sussman Robotman Sam Fazio Sam Friend Sonia Alfonso Tyler Greenfield Valentina Marino Edmar Castaneda Paul Nedzela Nancy Kelly Eddie Arjun Daniel Silva Dave Bass Peter Slavov Greg Dayton Jim Allchin Dexter Allen Bill Mays Omar Kamal Uptown Jazz Tentet Laura Fernandez Richard Howell Clifton Anderson

National Jazz Museum in Harlem New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Ginny's Supper Club - Harlem Suzie Reynolds & Associates Dot Time Records - Publicist IYOUWE (Lenny White) - Publicist Redwood Entertainment - Publicist

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