Scott Colley

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Scott Colley
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Background information
Birth name Scott Stephen Colley
Born (1963-11-24) November 24, 1963 (age 50)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupations Musician
Bandleader
Composer
Instruments Double bass
Website Official site

Scott Colley (b. Nov. 24, 1963, Los Angeles, California) is an American jazz double bassist and composer. Scott has performed extensively in bands led by: Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Andrew Hill, Michael Brecker, Chris Potter, Pat Metheny, Carmen McRae, Edward Simon, Adam Rogers, Brian Blade, David Binney, Antonio Sanchez, Kenny Werner. He has appeared on over 200 recordings to date and has also toured and recorded as leader.

Background[edit]

Born on November 24, 1963, Scott began studying bass at age 11. At 13, he began studying with bassist Monty Budwig. He attended Eagle Rock High School in Los Angeles, where he studied under John Rinaldo, renowned director of music at the school. After graduating high school he was granted a full scholarship to the California Institute for the Arts, where he focused on composition and jazz studies while also studying privately with Charlie Haden and classical bassist Fred Tinsley (of the Los Angeles Philharmonic). In 1986, he began touring and recording with jazz vocal legend Carmen McRae. He graduated Cal Arts with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1988 and soon after moved to New York City.
Scott is currently living in New York.

Performance history and highlights[edit]

  • 1988 to 1989: He performed in U.S. and European tours with Carmen McRae; Dizzy Gillespie; and Clifford Jordan.
  • 1990 to 1995: Bands included Jim Hall, John Scofield, Joe Henderson and Art Farmer.
  • 1996 to 1998: His work included touring with a group led by Joe Lovano and Jim Hall, Tours with Toots Thielemans; Bobby Hutcherson; and Bob Berg; extensive touring with Andrew Hill's "Another Point of Departure" sextet.
  • 2000-2004: For five years Colley toured extensively as a member of Herbie Hancock’s working trio and two separate quartets (one featuring saxophonist Gary Thomas, the other featuring vibist Bobby Hutcherson) at concerts around the world. Hancock’s trio has also performed in concert engagements with symphonic orchestras throughout the United States. During that time he also tour extensively with the Andrew Hill trio and sextet, and the Chris Potter Quartet.
  • 2005-2007: Extensive touring with “Directions in Music”, a collaboration with Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove and Terri Lyne Carrington; Trio concerts with Pat Metheny; Tours with Jim Hall; Teaching residencies at The Banff Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Vallekilde Denmark, European and U.S. tours with Chris Potter’s Quartet; concerts with Chris Potter and Antonio Sanchez; U.S and European tours with his own trio and quartet.
  • 2006-07: Extensive touring with his own quartet and trio. Recordings include projects with Chris Potter; Luciana Souza; Abbey Lincoln; Adam Rogers; Donny McCaslin; 2 recordings with Kenny Werner; and his own release Architect of the Silent Moment(featuring: Ralph Alessi, David Binney, Craig Taborn, Jason Moran, Adam Rogers, Gregoire Maret, and Antonio Sanchez.)
  • 2008-2010: During the last few years he is touring with his quartet and trio in the US, Europe and South America. Also touring with Edward Simon and Brian Blade; Chris Potter’s Underground; The Antonio Sanchez Quartet; Magic Circle(a trio with Dave Douglas and Mark Feldman); The David Binney Quartet(with Craig Taborn and Brian Blade); The Kenny Werner Quintet. Teaching residencies in the U.S. and Europe. He has worked on numerous recordings in the last two years including his seventh CD as a leader, entitled “Empire,” which will be made up entirely of original compositions. It is due to be released on the CAM Jazz label during the summer of 2010 and will feature Bill Frisell, Ralph Alessi, Brian Blade and Craig Taborn.

Discography[edit]

Selected recordings with Scott Colley[edit]

  • A Moments Peace - John Scofield
  • Common Ground - New Gary Burton Quartet
  • Song For Anyone - Chris Potter
  • Lift - Chris Potter
  • Gratitude - Chris Potter
  • Vertigo - Chris Potter
  • Concentric Circles - Chris Potter
  • Lawn Chair Society - Kenny Werner
  • Dusk - Andrew Hill
  • A Beautiful Day - Andrew Hill
  • South - Dave Binney
  • Luxury Of Guessing - Dave Binney
  • Tangled Up In Blues - Taj Mahal
  • Dialogues - Jim Hall
  • By Arrangement - Jim Hall
  • Jim Hall and Basses - Jim Hall
  • Universal Time - Joachim Kuhn
  • Lyric - Billy Childs Ensemble
  • Falling Up - Geoff Keezer
  • Hidden Gardens - Lan Xang
  • Lan Xang - Lan Xang
  • North And South - Luciana Souza
  • Invisible Hand - Greg Osby
  • Symbols Of Light - Greg Osby
  • Hemispheres - Jim Hall & Bill Frisell
  • The Way Through - Donny McCaslin
  • Allegory - Adam Rogers
  • The Art Of The Invisible - Adam Rogers
  • Forward Motion - Fred Hersch
  • Ben Perowski Trio - Ben Perowski
  • El Matador - Kevin Hays
  • Old School - Peter Epstein
  • Transpacifik - Bojan Z
  • Les Fleurs Bleues - Stefano Bollani
  • Americana - Larry Koonse
  • Trio - Brad Shepik
  • Any Old Time - Camen McRae
  • New York State Of Mind - Camen McRae
  • The Maze - Dave Kikowski
  • Diamond In The Rough - Roy Hargrove
  • Steppin Zone - Alex Sipiagin
  • All Sides Now - Pat Martino
  • Souvenir - Bill Charlap

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