Born: February 1, 1973 Primary Instrument: Drums
Scott McLemore (b. Feb. 1, 1973 Norfolk, VA) is a drummer based in Reykjavik, Iceland. He began playing music professionally at age 16 with a rock band in high school and joined the rock/funk band Ant Man Bee in 1990 with which he recorded an album and toured the east coast playing the college circuit.
McLemore attended the University of Virginia's Writers Workshop in 1990 where he met trumpeter John D'earth. McLemore has since performed countless times with D'earth in various groups and has also brought the trumpeter to New York to perform at the Knitting Factory.
He attended Old Dominion University 1992-93 where he studied jazz performance and composition. He also studied drums privately with Howard Curtis and started subbing for Curtis with Toomey and bassist Jimmy Masters around the same time. Although no formal lessons took place, McLemore owes a debt of gratitude to Masters for his giving nature and relentless encouragement....
McLemore gives his bandmates the space to breath and create a sound that lets the listener sit back imagine and enjoy… this young talent means business behind the kit as well as a being the composer. – Stephan Moore, Jazz Wrap
The group develops the music on this album with slow patience that allows everything spaciousness and room to breathe. There's nothing showy or obtrusive about this music, the artists involved sacrifice any ego they may have in order to serve the greater good of the music. – Tim Niland, Music and More
...a dainty beauty unfolds into a frenzied, progressive jazz. – JazzReview.com
A knockout on the drums! Constantly engaging the pianist in dialogue. His cymbal and tom work are a particular pleasure. – Cadence Magazine
Some exceptionally musical drumming, particularly tasteful in the use of cymbals. – Greg Harness, Roots World Magazine
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