A prolific and renowned composer, arranger, producer, musical director, educator, saxophonist and leader. With 31 solo recordings and over 500 as a Guest Artist to his name, which has garnered him 3 GRAMMY awards and 14 GRAMMY nominations. This legendary saxman's four decade solo career has spanned music genres from his be bop roots to everything in-between and back again.
Tom currently has two working bands; He reformed his highly acclaimed group the L.A. Express with Robben Ford, guitar, Josh Nelson, Keyboards, Neil Stubenhous, Bass, Will Kennedy, Drums. And secondly the, Tom Scott Quintet with Tom Scott, Tenor/Alto Saxophone, Gilbert Castelanas, Trumpet and Flugelhorn, Josh Nelson, Piano David Hughes, Bass, Gene Coye, Drums.
Tom's career as a guest artist spans more than four hundred and fifty recordings by such diverse artists as Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Thelonius Monk, the Blues Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Aerosmith. His numerous contributions as a player and arranger include Joni Mitchell's Court And Spark,
Scott's other career achievements include composing film scores, among them Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Uptown Saturday Night, Stir Crazy, Hanky Panky, The Sure Thing, Just One Of The Guys, Soul Man and Shakes the Clown. His television composing and conducting credits include the themes for Family Ties, Starsky & Hutch, Square Pegs and background scores for Baretta, Cannon, Barnaby Jones, Streets Of San Francisco, National Geographic Explorer, and numerous T.V. Specials and Network Movies. He has served as Musical Director for the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the Celebration At Ford's Theater, the People's Choice Awards, Comic Relief, the Carol Burnett Show, the Pat Sajak Show, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Olivia Newton-John, and the GRP All-Star Big Band, among others--and has toured five continents as leader of his own group.
Tom is also active as a clinician throughout the U.S. and Canada, performing and teaching Master Classes in Woodwinds, Arranging & Film Composing.
As, Don Heckman of The Los Angeles Times, noted: 'Scott swings back to traditional Be Bop; Saxophonist leads his strong septet in an evening of unsullied jazz.'
Tom Scott, in keeping with his extraordinary eclectic versatility has also re-formed his highly acclaimed group the L.A. Express a fusion quintet which rose to great acclaim in the 70's. This is an exciting ensemble which encompasses a thought provoking combination of jazz, funk and R&B.
"It's hard to imagine Scott providing a funk-drenched version of Jon Coltrane's "Dahomey's Dance" or incorporating Middle Eastern influences as he does on "King Cobra." - Alex Henderson.
"Tom Scott was an ideal choice. His eloquent soulful solos have graced countless hits. At this gig turned to the soul jazz of the 1960's. Scott's fluency, tonal control and in-the-pocket enthusiasm delivered authentically exciting modern jazz, with tumbling phrases, repeated riffs and soulful licks played with poise and purpose." - FINANCIAL TIMES, LONDON
"If you thought Scott's early L.A. Express days were his best, surprise... surprise... surprise... he is still the Groovemeister the Sultan of Sax." - Irene Wadkins
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