Scott Feiner

Primary Instrument: Pandeiro

Born: 1968    

Scott Feiner

Scott Feiner’s musical story is not a common one. Not only is he an American pandeiro player, but he has also introduced this Brazilian hand drum to the world of jazz in a highly personal way.

A native of New York City, and originally a guitarist, Feiner received a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies/Guitar at the Hartt School of Music, where he learned about jazz history from the legendary saxophonist Jackie McLean. In 1990 he returned to New York City and immersed himself in the jazz scene, gaining a reputation for his sense of swing and lyrical phrasing. During the early ‘90s Feiner led bands two nights a week at Augie’s (now Smoke), the world-renowned club in Manhattan known as a meeting place for New York City’s best young jazz musicians. He recorded two CDs during that period - Under the Influence and Feiner’s Keepers - featuring musicians such as organist Larry Goldings and saxophonist Joel Frahm....
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2009 Latin Grammy nomination for "Dois Mundos"
”One of the best CDs of the year...” (Dois Mundos) — Playboy magazine

“Mr. Feiner treats the pandeiro as an expressive jazz instrument.” — Nate Chinen, New York Times

“Scott Feiner has created a unique sonic world on Pandeiro Jazz ...full of subtlety and surprise - it's a record that you want to go back and listen to again right after hearing it.” — Brad Mehldau

“Scott Feiner is a soulful magnet for the fusion of Brazilian and jazz music…” — Kurt Rosenwinkel

“Pandeiro Jazz is great! A cool idea, and the band's communication is wonderful.” — Luciana Souza

“Just when you thought that there was very little someone could introduce to the world of jazz, here comes this New York-born musician with a pandeiro in his hand to prove otherwise ... Pandeiro Jazz is an innovation which deserves a wider audience.” — Ernest Barteldes, All About Jazz

“It makes me happy to see an American musician playing jazz on the Brazilian pandeiro as well as Scott does. It opens new frontiers.” — Marcos Suzano

“Feiner put into practice that classic idea, that simplicity can be beautiful, a concept which still remains difficult for some musicians to grasp.” — Jazz+ Magazine (Brazil)

“Finally! The recording and step forward that will allow the pandeiro to have a predominant role alongside harmonic and melodic instruments in what are usually considered “risky” musical environments for percussionists … a landmark for others to follow.” — Percussioni Magazine (Italy)

“A bright light illuminating the path between Brazilian music and jazz...” — Tárik de Souza, Jornal do Brasil

“The pandeiro gets a new accent” — Antonio Carlos Miguel, O Globo (Brazil)

“… sublime, almost epiphanic moments …[performance in Belo Horizonte, Brazil]” - Alécio Cunha, Jornal Hoje em Dia (Brazil)

“I never realized the pandeiro could play jazz like this” — Robertinho Silva

“... an unforced hybrid ... Feiner gets to the heart of his in- betweenness, blending the sonic worlds of New York and Rio in an instant. [Dois Mundos]” — David Adler, All About Jazz

  • A View From Below

    Self Produced
  • Accents

    Zoho Music
  • Dois Mundos

    Biscoito Fino
  • Pandeiro Jazz

    Delira Musica

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Featured recording “A View From Below”

A View From Below
Self Produced (2014)

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