Scott Reeves is a trombonist (specializing in the Eb alto flugelhorn and Eb alto valve trombone), as well as a composer and educator. He has performed at venues such as Birdland, the Village Vanguard, Smoke, the Iridium, Small’s, Dizzy’s, the 55 Bar, and the Knitting Factory with groups such as the Dave Liebman Big Band, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. He has also performed in small group settings with Steve Wilson, Rich Perry, Kenny Werner, James Williams, Ron Carter, John Patitucci, Adam Cruz and Carl Allen. Scott has also performed as a guest artist at leading jazz clubs in Rome, Lisbon, Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto.
Scott performs on four CD’s with the Dave Liebman Big Band and has also recorded with the Anthony Braxton Orchestra and Bill Mobley's Smoke Big Band. He has four small group recordings under his own leadership and the 17-piece Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra has released two CDs documenting Scott's compositions and arrangements - “Portraits and Places” (2016) and “Without A Trace” (2018). His writing for big band was profiled in the August, 2018 edition of "Downbeat." Scott has also received writing commissions from the Dave Liebman Big Band, the Kyoto Jazz Orchestra and Osaka Global Orchestra (Japan), the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Santa Cecilia Conservatory (Rome), Manhattan School of Music and other collegiate and professional ensembles.
In addition to his performing and writing activities, Scott was a full-time college professor for 40 years and is currently Professor Emeritus at The City College of New York. He previously taught at the Juilliard School of Music, the University of Southern Maine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Memphis State University and Western Washington University. His textbook on jazz improvisation, “Creative Jazz Improvisation” is widely used in collegiate jazz curriculums.
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Mirafone alto flugelhorn, Rath R100 & R4 trombones, self-designed alto valve trombone
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SUMMARY OF REVIEWS OF SCOTT REEVES JAZZ ORCHESTRA “WITHOUT A TRACE”
DOWNBEAT, Suzanne Lorge, August, 2018
“The decades he spent playing and arranging for big bands under the direction of Dave Liebman and Bill Mobley taught Reeves how to work within the classic big band sound. But for his own group, the 17-piece Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra, he wanted to explore the dissonances and unexpected forms of contemporary jazz, emulating large ensembles like those of Jim McNeely and Gil Evans and fellow trombonist Bob Brookmeyer. Reeves arrives at his sound – modern metric ideas, sweetly stacked harmonies that move in surprising directions, atypical musical alliances – by utilizing the full scope of his playing experience. If he can’t play it, he doesn’t write it. His new album, “Without a Trace” – a more eclectic mix of tunes than 2016’s all-original “Portraits and Places” (Origin Records) – illustrates the success of this approach. How does he view his skills as a composer nowadays? “I’m still working at it,” he said, speculating that his best years yet lie ahead.”
New York City
Professor Emeritus - City College of New York. Former Professor - Julliard School,
University of Southern Maine, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of
Memphis, Western Washington University.
Clinics on arranging and improvisation. Clinics have been given in Rome, Tokyo
and throughout the U.S.