Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
Scott Gilman first picked up the saxophone at age 10, inspired by his Dad’s late night jam sessions with other local jazz musicians. The rock scene in Massachusetts also influenced him and it wasn’t long before he picked up a guitar as well. His formative years were equally split between studying and playing the jazz of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, et al and forming his own rock bands to perform locally. He started playing professionally at age 15. After winning numerous awards in school as a saxophonist he won a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Therehe studied under jazz greats Herb Pomeroy, John LaPorta, Joe Viola, and Andy McGhee. He also studied privately with tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi. He continued to gig to support himself through college including a brief stint on the road with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
After college Gilman formed his own band in the Boston. He put the sax aside and became the lead singer and songwriter of a band that quickly rose to the top of the northeastern music scene. They were signed to Epic records after gaining national recognition on MTV and put out one album before internal conflicts split the band apart. Back on his own, he toured the world with Foreigner on saxophone and guitar as well as recording with Terence Trent D’Arby, Chaka Khan, and Howard Jones to name a few. After moving to Los Angeles in the mid 90’s he began to explore opportunities for scoring to picture. His first scores were for global computer game developer Novalogic, where he worked on a total of seven highly successful games. At the same time, he took the opportunity to score a variety of independent films, with two of them winning major international awards. This got the attention of writer and producer Christopher Crowe who asked him to score a television pilot called Seven Days for Paramount Studios. The series was picked up and lasted for three full seasons with Scott scoring all 66 episodes with a wide range of styles, from orchestral to rock to ambient to techno. He also scored several full- length features and an NBC movie of the week.
In 2005 he teamed up with music producer “Mudrock”, and together they built Hobby Shop Studios in Highland Park, Los Angeles. The first project they recorded there was Avenged Sevenfold’s platinum selling album “City Of Evil”. Since that time they have produced dozens of national acts for various labels.
Scott has of late been delving back to his roots and is playing jazz clubs around Los Angeles while writing and collaborating with other artists. He has of late begun working with renowned saxophonist Arthur Blythe. He continues to explore and push the envelope of creative possibilty and is always looking for fresh challenges whether as a player, producer, or film composer.