Primary Instrument: Drums
Scott Neumann, a Bartlesville Oklahoma native, began playing drums professionally at the age of thirteen. His first major work was with The Woody Herman Orchestra, which he joined in 1988. Since moving to New York City, Scott has established himself as one of New York’s most creative and versatile drummers.
Scott currently leads and composes for his band Osage County. The band’s critically acclaimed members include David Berkman, Sam Newsome and Don Falzone. Osage County’s self titled debut CD is being released in the spring of 2006 on Chicken Coup Records (Summit). The band has been touring throughout the Northeast the past three years.
Scott's Jazz credits include touring with Anthony Cox, Makoto Ozone and Brother Jack McDuff. While in New York City, Scott has worked with Grady Tate, Chris Potter, Joshua Redman and Kenny Barron. Downtown musical associations include collaborations with Steven Bernstein and The Jazz Composers Collective (Ben Allison and Michael Blake). Large Ensemble performances include the Grammy nominated Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Maria Schneider Orchestra. Scott has played on over 25 albums and has recorded with artists including Kenny Werner, David Liebman, Eddie Gomez and Claudio Roditi.
Since 1998 Scott has been in the forefront of the emerging Jam Band/ Roots musical phenomenon. Scott joined the Vermont based Jazz Mandolin Project in 1998 for a year. Since 2000 Scott has been a member of banjo virtuoso's Tony Trischka's band. The band's latest recording New Deal(Rounder) further exemplifies Scott's ability to traverse a wide spectrum of musical terrain. Scott has collaborated with Tony to perform with Vassar Clements, Darol Anger and Mike Marshall.
Since 1999, Scott has also demonstrated his musical versatility with his work in Broadway musicals. Scott was the featured drummer in Swing! Other show credits include 42nd Street, Cabaret, and Avenue Q.
Scott can also be heard on the motion picture soundtracks of David Byrne's True Stories, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge and The Girl. Television credits include The Today Show, The View, The Cooking Show, A&E, Lifetime and Nickelodeon.
Scott is currently the director of drum set studies at Lehigh University. And, he teaches percussion and jazz ensembles at The Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, New York. Scott has been an artist in residence at high schools, colleges and universities throughout the United States and Europe.
Scott's educational background includes a Bachelor of Music Education from North Texas State University, where he studied with Colin Bailey and Henry Okstel. In 1985 and 1986 Scott received a scholarship to attend the Jazz Workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.
Scott plays G.M.S drums, Sabian cymbals and Aquarian drumheads exclusively.