Scott Tixier

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Scott Tixier
Background information
Born(1986-02-26)February 26, 1986
Montreuil, France
Years active2002–present

Scott Tixier (born February 26, 1986) is a French jazz violinist and professor of jazz violin at the University of North Texas.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Stevie Wonder with Scott Tixier
Scott Tixier at Blue Note Jazz Club, photographed by Franck Bohbot

Tixier was born in Montreuil, France, and studied classical violin at the conservatory in Paris. Following that, he studied improvisation as a self-educated jazz musician and under Florin Niculescu then Malo Vallois.

Tixier has worked in theater, film scoring, Broadway shows, for Sony Pictures, ARTE Creative, Heineken, Dos Equis, Fisher-Price, America's Got Talent on NBC, with Zedd on the David Letterman Late Show on CBS, for Josh Groban, Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro, Sting, Jean Reno, Whoopi Goldberg, Marc Jacobs, Keith David, Pierre Palmade, Pierre Richard, David Ackroyd, NBA player Allan Houston, Christina Aguilera, Chrisette Michele, Doug E. Fresh, JR, Ariana Grande, and Monica Dogra.

He has performed and recorded with Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Roger Waters, Kenny Barron, John Legend, Chris Potter, Christina Aguilera, Common, Anthony Braxton, Joss Stone, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Wayne Brady, Chris Walden, Greg Phillinganes, Ray Chew, The Isley Brothers, Cory Smythe, Maceo Parker, Janet Cardiff, Siegfried Kessler, Tony Middleton, Lonnie Plaxico, Myron Walden, Clifford Adams (Kool & the Gang), Helen Sung, Brice Wassy, Gerald Cleaver, Lew Soloff, Yvonnick Prene, Tigran Hamasyan, James Weidman, Marcus McLauren, Giada Valenti, and Tommy Sims.

He played at Carnegie Hall, the Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center, the Golden Globes, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Blue Note Jazz Club, the Apollo Theater, the Smalls Jazz Club, The Stone, Roulette, Smoke Jazz, Hammerstein Ballroom, Joe's Pub, Williamsburg Music Center, Prudential Center and the United States Capitol.

On August 15, 2016, two of the songs "Dig It" and "100,000 Hours" from the album Cosmic Adventure were featured on NPR for the show Morning Edition hosted by David Greene, during This Week in Politics.[2][3]Morning Edition is among the highest rated public radio shows.[4][5]

On October 22, 2016 Tixier was performing with Kevin Spacey, Cassandra Wilson, Patti Austin, Andra Day, David Alan Grier and Lizz Wright alongside the Count Basie Orchestra at the Apollo Theater to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald.[6]

Cosmic Adventure was selected as "Best Albums Of 2016" by Downbeat Magazine[7]

In 2021, Tixier was featured on Jermaine Stegall's score for the sequel of Coming 2 America starring Eddie Murphy. During an interview for NBC, he describes some of the challenges he faced working on the movie in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.[8]

Awards and honors[edit]

Tony Tixier and Scott Tixier opening for Herbie Hancock and Chris Dave at the festival jazz en tete
  • Trophées du Sunside, 2007
  • Top 50 album, Brooklyn Bazaar, Jazztimes Critics' Poll 2012[9]
  • Rising Star (violin), DownBeat Critics' Poll, 2018
  • Grammy award for participation in the PJ Morton album, Gumbo Unplugged, 2018
  • Grammy award for participation in John Legend A Legendary Christmas Album, 2019
  • 2 Grammy awards for participation in the Lion King soundtrack, Lion King score by Hans Zimmer, 2019
  • Grammy award for participation in John Legend album, Bigger Love, 2020


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

  • The Candy Shop Boys, John Wick (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Varese Sarabande, 2014)
  • Keyon Harrold, The Mugician (Sony, 2017)
  • Jana Herzen, Nothing but Love (Motema, 2020)
  • John Legend, A Legendary Christmas (Columbia Records, 2018)
  • Charnett Moffett, Bright New Day (Motema, 2019)
  • Hans Zimmer, The Lion King [2019 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Disney, 2019)
  • Brian Tyler, Charlie's Angels (Original Motion Picture Score) (Sony Classical, 2019)
  • Tony Tixier, I am Human (Whirlwind Records, 2020)
  • Count Basie Orchestra, Ella 100: Live at the Apollo! (Concord, 2020)
  • Ben l'Oncle Soul, Addicted to You (Blue Note, 2020)
  • John Legend, Bigger Love (Columbia Records, 2020)
  • Terence Blanchard, Da 5 Bloods (Original Motion Picture Score) (Sony Music, 2020)


  1. ^ "UNT". UNT. 2019.
  2. ^ "Morning Edition This Week In Politics". NPR. 2016.
  3. ^ "Morning Edition". NPR. 2016.
  4. ^ Freedman, Samuel G. (17 July 2005). "'Listener Supported' and 'NPR': All Things Considered". New York Times. Retrieved 17 December 2008. National Public Radio alone reaches more than 20 million listeners, and its daily newsmagazine shows, All Things Considered and Morning Edition, attract a larger audience than any program except Rush Limbaugh's.
  5. ^ "NPR Programs Attract Record-Breaking Audiences Public Radio Listenership at All-Time High". National Public Radio. 2002. Retrieved 17 December 2008. Reflective of the intense news cycle following the September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., NPR's newsmagazines and talk programs increased audiences across the board. From Fall 2000 to Fall 2001, Morning Edition with Bob Edwards jumped from 10.7 to 13 million listeners; All Things Considered grew from 9.8 million to nearly 11.9 million; Talk of the Nation rocketed 40.8 percent to 3 million listeners; Fresh Air with Terry Gross grew 25.4 percent to nearly 4.2 million and The Diane Rehm Show grew 38.6 percent to nearly 1.4 million. Growth in the NPR news/talk audience outpaced similar gains realized by commercial news/talk radio.
  6. ^ "Apollo". Apollo. 22 October 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Best Albums Of 2016". DownBeat =2016. 2016.
  8. ^ "NBC 5". NBC. 2021.
  9. ^ "JazzTimes' Top 50 CDs: Individual Ballots". JazzTimes. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2016.

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