Cocktail lounges, concert halls, comedy clubs… there are not many places where Scott isn’t at home, as long as it has a piano. Over his career in Chicago and recent transition to New York City, he has played in dozens of bands and countless venues, served as music director to numerous improvised musical teams and contributed to a large catalog of recordings as a studio musician, live performer and composer.
Years of playing in funk bands, jazz combos, rock outfits, big bands, R&B groups, a Faith No More Tribute band and others, he keep coming back to the origins of jazz in ragtime and honky-tonk. In addition to immersing himself in the rags of Scott Joplin, George Gershwin and others, he composed an original ragtime score for a silent-film for the stage, Stage Lights, by the Open Floor Theater Company.
Scott can be seen weekly on Sunday nights at the LetLove Inn from 7-10 where he and master trumpeter Brian Kleve perform as the Klevelanders. Our mission is simple: to evoke a classic New York atmosphere in a fantastic club where you get the feeling that Humphrey Bogart could walk into the place at any moment.
Other compositions appear on LP’s and singles by his band, The Projects. Contributions as a studio musician and player include the soundtrack of the film In Memoriam with his band Seeking Wonderland, songs for Step Up Productions play The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, and performances as a member of the house band for the Wildclaw, Strawdog and Second Story Theater Companies.
In addition to full-time and sit-in stints with original and tribute bands, Scott is also an accomplished music director in improvised theater, spending six years working with various comedy teams at iO Theater in Chicago, including Carl and the Passions, the Deltones and Felt. There is little he will not do where there is a venue and a piano. Except leave it alone.