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Scott Samenfeld

Scott Samenfeld has been performing in the Boston area since he attended Berklee in the early 70’s. He is currently the leader of my own group, “Muse Stew”. They perform his original compositions as well as tunes from many other Jazz and Latin artists. They utilize percussion instruments in place of the traditional drum set as a way to connect with the African, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and other folkloric rhythmical origins of Jazz. This blending of contemporary musical elements with spices and flavors from around the world gives us a very unique take on both jazz standards and original works. The band began its life many years ago performing jazz and poetry in settings such as the Bookcellar Cafe and in local coffee houses. We continue to integrate poetry and other disciplines into our performances.

Samenfeld also performs with a 16 piece big band. The Sounds of Swing Orchestra has been performing throughout New England for almost 20 years. He's been a member of the rhythm section for over 15 years.

He was very active as a music teacher for many years and taught music theory and Jazz guitar at the Guitar Workshop in Boston during the 70’s as teaching Jazz ensemble and instrumental music at the Cambridge School in Weston and The Open Road School in Waltham during that period as well.

Samenfeld has been working in Information Technology for the past 20 odd years. His focus has been on composing and performing my music rather than having to take general business gigs to survive. He still enjoy teaching very much and hope to return to teaching down the road.

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Intermediate to advanced


I teach jazz guitar and bass using my own method in part based on the materials I got from Harry Lahey who was a great guitar teacher in the NJ area. I have put together a system that utilizes carefully selected jazz tunes that best exemplify the concept that is the subject of the lesson. We explore modal and glues concepts along with multi-tonal center systems and the diminished universe. I combine this "applied theory" approach with a systematic approach to chord forms and scales

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