Guitarist and composer Don Scott has emerged as one of Toronto’s fresh new talents. His unique sound and approach to different styles of music is being sought after by musicians and audiences throughout Canada, the US and abroad.
Notably, Don has recorded and toured with Michael Herring's Vertigo featuring New York saxophonist, David Binney, performed head-to-head with legendary jazz-reggae guitarist Ernest Ranglin, toured with British reggae legend Brinsley Forde (of Aswad), and Jason Wilson & Tabarruk, as well as recording and touring with his own projects. Don has attended the International Jazz Workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts, where he forged many relationships with musicians from around the world. There, he had the opportunity to play and record a concert with Chris Potter and also share the stage with Jim Black, Dave Douglas, Django Bates, Kenny Werner, Ari Hoenig, and Johannes Weidenmuller. In Toronto, he has performed with such Toronto mainstays as Kevin Turcotte, Kirk MacDonald, John McLeod, Dave Restivo, Mike Murley, William Carn, Tara Davidson, Nick “Brownman” Ali, Melissa Stylianou, and many more.
The Don Scott Quartet released their critically acclaimed debut, Out Of Line, in 2007. This project has since amalgamated with Michael Herring’s Vertigo to become Peripheral Vision (Trevor Hogg, Michael Herring, Nick Fraser), releasing a new album, fall 2009. Don also leads a Trio (Ethan Ardelli and Devon Henderson), co-leads God’s Gift to Yoda (Harley Card, Michael Herring, and Nico Dann) and Run Stop Run (William Carn, Jon Maharaj, Ethan Ardelli), and performs in many musical projects in Toronto including Michael Herring’s Vertigo (modern jazz), Loitering Heroes (indie-rock), and The Offbeat (jazz/pop).
Don Scott is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance program, where he studied with Lorne Lofsky and Roy Patterson, and he has since become an integral part of a vibrant new wave of Toronto musicians. In 2008-2009 Don will be splitting his time between New York and Toronto in order to study with Ben Monder, David Binney, Donny McCaslin, and Adam Rogers, with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts.
“lively counterpoint between guitarist/leader Don Scott and saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff...with constantly shifting and inventive underpinnings” – Downbeat Magazine
"[Don Scott] lends a near-orchestral majesty to the sound of this quartet" – J.D. Considine, The Globe & Mail
“a feel for innate structure as well as churning harmonic foundations” – Geoff Chapman, Coda Magazine
“Balancing the cerebral with the visceral...Out Of Line speaks with a voice distinctive enough to make it a recommended debut from a guitarist from whom more, no doubt, will be heard” – John Kelman, All About Jazz
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