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Guitarist Mike Scott was born in Japan, raised in Ohio, New Jersey and Arizona before moving to Los Angeles at 18 to pursue a career in music. His studies of classical and jazz guitar led him to USC where he earned a Masters Degree in Music Performance.
He has performed extensively in the LA area and throughout the United States. He has recorded for television and film soundtracks, a number CD projects, and had the opportunity to play with many talented artists. His own recordings include Good Place To Be and SPES.
Teachers and/or influences? So many, here are a few: Peter Bernstein, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Jim Hall, Bill Frisell, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Joe Diorio, Mick Goodrick, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Brad Mehldau, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Monk, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Stravinsky, Brahms and Beethoven.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I started playing in a band in high school and would go home after school and practice for 2-3 hours everyday.
Your sound and approach to music: A mix of traditional and contemporary jazz with elements of rock and pop music as well.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why? Different everyday.
The first Jazz album I bought was: I remember a few of the early ones were Charlie Parker, Joe Pass, and Count Basie.
How would you describe the state of jazz today? I think it's good. There are so many talented and creative players out there right now. It's really inspiring.
What is in the near future? Working on my next CD project that will feature some new music I've written.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.