NewsJul 31, 12:58 PM
Scott martin has performed professionally in a wide variety of musical styles and roles. As a studio musician in New York City with Carly Simon, he sang background vocals and played synthesizers on the hit, Coming Around Again, which was also the theme song to the movie Heartburn, starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. He worked with Mariah Carey on her first recording session and her first album, as well as with singers Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire and Robert Lamm of Chicago. He wrote and produced the title track to the album, Magnetic, by the jazz group Steps Ahead, featuring vocalist Dianne Reeves and saxophonist Michael Brecker. He has worked as a jazz pianist in Washington D.C., Boston, Paris, and the Caribbean. In Colorado, he has been the house pianist at Denver’s El Chapultepec, Mel’s Bar and Grill, and the Stanley Hotel, performed at Jazz Aspen and played with local artists ranging from Hazel Miller to the Hot Tomatoes Swing Orchestra to the salsa band Conjunto Colores. He currently leads the jazz band, Sundays at Vic’s, whose debut DVD/CD 2 disc set was a finalist in the 2008 Independent Music Awards.
In the music theater world, Assistant conductor/keyboard II for the Jersey Boys national tour 1 at the Buell Theater, Denver – Dec 08/Jan 09 and tour 3 July/Aug 2012 – included background vocals and memorized/choreographed on stage performance scenes. Conductor/pianist for 2010-2012 performances of Avenue Q, White Christmas and Smokey Joe’s Cafe at the Midtown Arts Center in Ft. Collins, CO. Arranger/conductor/keyboardist for the fall 08 run of Magdalene, Woman of Light at the Denver Civic Theater, conductor/pianist for the Modern Muse Theater Company’s production of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years at the Buntport Theater, and at CenterStage in Evergreen. Understudy for the lead role of Cosme McMoon in the Arvada Center’s production of the musical Souvenir. Co-wrote and starred in the multimedia performance piece YAMS, presented by the Helander Dance Theater at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder; on-stage pianist for the Rocky Mountain Revue in Estes Park and What’s in the World at the Boulder Dinner Theater. Audition pianist for the Denver Center’s production of The Taffettas and Colorado Light Opera’s Oklahoma and Anything Goes.
Scott’s teaching interests came into focus as a grad. school TA at CU Boulder where he taught sight singing, ear training and music theory instructor. As an educator, Scott taught and designed a Music Business course at the University of Colorado at Denver, He created the music program at the University of Denver High School, complete with a full music curriculum including midi/computer technology, performance ensembles, and jazz and rock history.
Scott has been a private piano instructor through the Applied Music Program at CU Boulder, and from 2000 to present he has been an accompanist for the CU Boulder Dept. Of Dance and Theater, ballet/modern dance and Broadway rep. class. He is now on the piano faculty at the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts, Parlando School in Boulder and has been choral accompanist and jazz band director at the Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder.
Be sure to catch Scott and the band every Sunday at Vic’s Espresso, 2680 Broadway in Boulder, from noon to 2pm. After 10 years, this is now Boulder’s longest, steady jazz gig.
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