Jazz guitarist Scott Sherwood has been praised by critics and peers alike for the effortless fluidity, warmth and expressiveness of his sound. An innately melodic musician, his approach to guitar and composition has a purity and lyricism that is deceptively complex. His playing is rich and subtle, marked by genuine feeling. Sherwood lists responsiveness, empathy and communication as key elements to his musical collaborations as is evident in his new Art of Life Records release with pianist Bob Rodriguez, Ripples.
Sherwood was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but did not begin to study guitar seriously until his sophomore year of high school. Sherwood was drawn to the guitar in his early teens. And even more importantly, he became fascinated with Jazz and improvisation through his father’s record collection. When his family moved to San Antonio, Texas, Sherwood decided to try out for his new high school’s Jazz band, despite the fact that he was self-taught. He was quickly accepted into the program and, recognizing a true natural talent, his band director set him up with local Jazz guitarist Johnny Frisco for lessons.