Scott Amendola

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Scott Amendola
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Amendola at Saalfelden in 2009
Background information
Born (1969-02-06) February 6, 1969 (age 49)
OriginNew Jersey
GenresJazz, funk, rock
LabelsLong Song, Cryptogramophone
Associated actsNels Cline

Scott Amendola (born February 6, 1969) is an American drummer from the San Francisco Bay Area. His styles include jazz, blues, groove, rock and new music.[1] He is considered central to the Bay Area music scene.[2]

Amendola was originally from New Jersey and studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston.[3] After relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area he came to popularity in the 1990s as a member of T.J. Kirk with Charlie Hunter, Will Bernard and John Schott. Their second album received a Grammy Award nomination.[4] He has led his own bands and trios which have included Nels Cline, Jenny Scheinman, Jeff Parker and John Shifflett[5] as well as Ben Goldberg and Devin Hoff.[1] Often favoring guitarists he has toured with Bill Frisell and Kelly Joe Phelps and recorded with Pat Martino, Jim Campilongo, G.E. Stinson, Nels Cline and Tony Furtado. He is an original member of the Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core. He has been a session percussionist for Noe Venable, Carla Bozulich and Odessa Chen.[6]

In 2011 Amendola will have his new orchestral work performed in conjunction with the Oakland East Bay Symphony as one the symphony's New Visions/New Vistas premieres. Amendola will be joined by Nels Cline and Trevor Dunn.[7]


  • Scott Amendola Band - 1999
  • Crater - 2001-02
  • Cry - 2003
  • Believe - 2005
  • Lift - 2010

With The Nels Cline Singers

With Nels Cline

With Charlie Hunter

With Pat Martino


  1. ^ a b Andrew Gilbert, "Exploring New Degrees In Drumming",, October 3, 2004.
  2. ^ Andrew Gilbert, "Scott Amendola: Jazz drummer's birthday bash",, February 5, 2009.
  3. ^ Forrest Dylan Bryant Scott Amendola: Unlimited Possibilities, February 13, 2006.
  4. ^ David Hadbawnik, "Hear This Despite a Grammy, T.J. Kirk quit in '97. Now the jazz-fusion quartet returns", SFWeekly, December 24, 2003.
  5. ^ Andrew Gilbert, Biography All About Jazz.
  6. ^ Derk Richardson, "Peerless Percussion / The Bay Area's Scott Amendola drums up success",, September 25, 2003.
  7. ^ "The Height of Romanticism Oakland East Bay Symphony",

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