My goal as a teacher is to help develop the technique and rhythmic vocabulary of a student so that they may pursue the type of music or style of drumming that inspires them, while at the same time exposing them to things they don’t already know. I don’t have a pre-set agenda when I teach because each student has different needs. Drumming is a tradition that has been passed on, and I expose my own students to some of the same valuable lessons that I received from legendary masters, which is information I know has worked for me. In my drum lessons a student not only learns how to be a great drummer, they also learn how to be a great musician!
Although I have played and taught every style of drumming, my primary focus for the last 29 years has been Jazz. In the past 15 years I’ve also focused on Brazilian and Afro-Cuban drumming. I’m always happy to have students who are particularly interested in these styles although I don’t limit myself in any way in terms of what a student is interested in stylistically, and there are no limits in terms of age or ability level. I prefer to teach students who already have a drum set, but it’s not necessary. The only thing I require is they at least own a drum pad and a pair of sticks I was a rock drummer growing up and began taking drum lessons myself at the age of 10 and entered Berklee College of Music right out of High School. After graduating Berklee in 1993, I worked there for 14 years as a staff accompanist for the legendary Jazz pianist Joanne Brackeen. During the same period I was also the substitute teacher of private drum lessons for Ian Froman, one of the top Jazz Drum set instructors at Berklee. Some of my own private students have gone on to attend the NYU Jazz Program and Berklee College of Music on full scholarships. Other students have gone on to tour and perform, been signed to record labels and even have their own drum, cymbal, and drum product endorsements. My students have held some of the most sought after drum chairs in the area’s top High School Music Ensembles and received awards in the Berklee High School Jazz Festival.
An internationally recognized Jazz performer, recording artist, and educator, Scott has appeared as a sideman on over 50 CD releases on labels in the US, Europe and Japan, including 4 releases with tenor saxophone legend Jerry Bergonzi and one with renowned bassist Larry Grenadier. He was a featured performer at the 2018 Atlanta Jazz Festival, the 2018 Litchfield Jazz Festival, and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2011 Coca-Cola Generations Jazz Festival recorded for Marian McPartland’s NPR show Piano Jazz. Scott has recorded at the world famous NYC studio Avatar and also at the legendary Sear Sound with James Farber as the engineer. Scott has performed in such notable venues as The Blue Note in NYC, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC, Cotton Club in Tokyo, Japan, and The Blue Note in Nagoya, Japan. Additionally, he has toured throughout the United States and internationally, and has performed with Sheila Jordan, George Garzone, Larry Grenadier, Jerry Bergonzi, Joanne Brackeen, Michel Camillo, Frank Tiberi, Jay Clayton, David Amram, Barry Ries, Peter Eldridge, Gene Rush, Kevin Mahogany, Charles Neville, Alan Broadbent, Larry Willis, Howard Levy, Brenda Hopkins Miranda, Jeremy Pelt, Hiromi, Robin McKelle, Anat Cohen, Lionel Loueke, Marco Benevento, Avishai Cohen, Chiara Civelo, Hans Glawishnig, Rudresh Manthappa, and Eli Degibri. He currently holds the drum chair in the critically acclaimed Yoko Miwa Trio and also with piano legend Harvey Diamond in his trio. Scott is an endorser for Zildjian Cymbals and Canopus Drums. Since 2015, Scott has held the position of Music Director at Monkfish, one of the area's top jazz venues.
Berklee College Music, 1993