Scott Amendola

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Scott Amendola
Scott Amendola at Fantasy Studios during the "Fade To Orange" sessions, September, 2014. Photo by Lenny Gonzalez.jpg
Amendola at Fantasy Studios recording "Fade To Orange" in 2014
Background information
Born (1969-02-06) February 6, 1969 (age 50)
OriginNew Jersey
GenresJazz, funk, rock, Experimental
Occupation(s)Drummer, Composer, Bandleader
InstrumentsDrums, Percussion, Electronics
LabelsSAZi Records, Long Song, Cryptogramophone
Associated actsScott Amendola Band, Scott Amendola Trio, Orchestra Di Pazzi, Nels Cline Singers, Stretch Woven, Invisible Bird, Amendola vs. Blades, Charlie Hunter, Jenny Scheinman

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 Cris Williamson, Noe Venable, Carla Bozulich and Odessa Chen.[6]

He is often playing inconverts with Mike Patton as a part of his Mondo Cane project.

In 2011 Amendola premiered his orchestral work, "Fade To Orange", performed in conjunction with the Oakland East Bay Symphony as one the symphony's New Visions/New Vistas premieres. Amendola was joined by Nels Cline and Trevor Dunn.[7]


  • Scott Amendola Band - 1999
  • Crater - 2001-02
  • Cry - 2003
  • Believe - 2005
  • Lift - (SAZi Records 2010)
  • Fade To Orange - (SAZi Records, 2015)

With The Nels Cline Singers

With Nels Cline

With Invisible Bird - Dave Devine, Shane Endsley, Scott Amendola

With Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Duo

With Amendola vs. Blades

With Plays Monk - Ben Goldberg, Devin Hoff, Scott amendola

With Henry Kaiser/Scott Amendola

  • Leaps - (Fractal Music, 2015)

With John Dietrich, Ben Goldberg, Scott Amendola

' With Phillip Greenlief/Scott Amendola Duo

With L.Stinkbug - Nels Cline, G.E. Stinson, Steuart Liebig, Scott Amendola

With Bill Frisell

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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