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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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”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 ..

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