Primary Instrument: Vocalist
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David received a B.A., Magna Cum Laude in English and music from Drew University (Madison, NJ), an A.A.A. in Professional Music from the School for Music Vocations (Creston, IA), and a M.M. in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL). He studied jazz under Phil Mattson and Larry Lapin, and currently studies voice with Mark Baxter.
Shade, David's debut jazz album, was chosen as a Top 5 Vocal Jazz CD of 2004 by the Jazz Education Journal. His 2007 album DYAD is a collection of jazz standards and original songs, performed as duets with pianist Mark Shilansky. David performs as a member of the vocal jazz groups Vocalogy and Syncopation. David's arrangements for jazz choir are published in the Classic Vocal Jazz series by Hal Leonard Corporation. His arrangements for Vocalogy are published by University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press.
In 2006, David received a Berklee Faculty Fellowship and Recording Grant to study, transcribe, perform and record vocal group arrangements from the 1930s and 1940s. David was a finalist in the professional division of the 2003 Boston Area Song and Aria Festival sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He is a member of the Philovox Choir, which records the music of the E.C. Schirmer Publishing Company.
Latest Release: David Thorne Scott (voice) and Mark Shilansky (piano) perform fresh treatments of jazz standards and original tunes in a freewheeling duo performance. David Scott and Mark Shilansky have been playing music together for over five years, but it took a happy accident to bring about their latest project. David had a collection of 20 or so new songs and arrangements, and had the idea to go into the recording studio with Mark to create demo versions of as many songs as they could crank out in three hours. The result was a sublime meeting of the minds. The music called out to be released as a CD, called DYAD.
A dyad is something that consists of two parts, such as a musical chord containing only two tones. A dyadic chord is a deceptively simple sound because it invites the listener to become aware of deeper and finer levels of detail. In the same way, hearing the Scott/Shilansky duo is a fascinating experience in which even tiny musical gestures seem to be magnified.
The selections on the 10-song CD consist of dyads. Half are originals by David, half are by other recognized writers. Tracks 1 and 10 have something in common, as do 2 and 9, 3 and 8, 4 and 7, 5 and 6.
Awards:• Top 5 Vocal Jazz CD of 2004 by the Jazz Education Journal. Scott’s name was among such well known artists as: Kitty Margolis, Andy Bey, Mark Murphy and Judy Silvano. • Berklee Faculty Fellowship and Recording Grant to study, transcribe, perform and record vocal group arrangements from the 1930s and 1940s.
“Crystal clear diction, squeaky clean tone and the ability to scat like a true horn player are among the qualities that set this vocalist apart from hundreds of thousands of jazz singers of either sex. It comes as no surprise that he is an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music, for Scott’s intellectually stimulating take on the music exudes the perfectionism one might only expect from a devoted academic.” ~Ori Dagan, Jazz Director CHRY 105.5 FM
The millennial era is especially rich in talented male singers -- 15 years ago I couldn’t name any, now there seem to be dozens -- but while there are a lot of hipsters (Kurt Elling) and soulful gentlemen (Alan Harris, Kevin Mahogany) whose music I love, I don't think I’ve heard anyone quite like David Scott, whose priorities are a sweet tone, with just enough of a folk-pop sound to keep it somewhat contemporary, and a clearly-stated tune. He well knows that a little melody can carry you a long way. ~Will Friedwald, author of Jazz Singing
“What a pleasure to hear a singer with such great ears; your musicianship is terrific and your improvisations are so pleasing to the ear. No wonder you're teaching at Berklee.” ~James Gavin, Author of Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker
Tracks: The Song is You; Fall Into You; Boulder to Birmingham; Night's Affair With Day; Deciding Where To Land; Grow; Agitated; Rocky Mountain High; When I Fall In Love; A Simple Song.
Personnel: David Thorne Scott: voals, Mark Shilansky piano.
Tracks: Just One Of Those Things; Have You Met Miss Jones; April In Paris; Shade; Old Friends; Small Feats; Get Out Of Your Own Way; Saratoga Hunch; Clown Stalking; I See You; Dancing On The Ceiling; I Remember You; For All We Know.
Personnel: David Thorne Scott: vocals, Mark Shilansky: piano, Jon Hazilla: drums, John Funkhouser: bass,Daryl Lowery: alto sax.
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