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Colley, Scott

Colley, Scott, bassist; b. Los Angeles, CA, 24 November 1963. Played in jazz clubs around the Los Angeles area from the age of 13. In 1984 he received a full scholarship to California Institute for the Arts where he focused on composition and jazz studies. During his time at Cal Arts he studied simultaneously with Charlie Haden and Fred Tinsley (bassist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic).  In 1986 he began touring and recording with Carmen McRae, soon after he graduated Cal Arts with Bachelor of Music degree and moved to New York City.

He has performed and recorded with many bands in tours of Europe, Japan, the U. S., and South America. These tours include work with Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Jordan, Roy Hargrove, and Art Farmer. He also performed and recorded with many bands including John Scofield, James Newton, Fred Hersch, Joe Henderson, Billy Hart, Mike Stern, Thelonious Monk Jr., Phil Woods, and Jim Hall.

Tours in 1997 included "Grand Slam" with Joe Lovano, Jim Hall, and Yoron Israel; Japan tour with Toots Thielemans and Bobby Hutcherson;  Two European tours with Lost Tribe; Trio with Ravi Coltrane and Al  Foster; Trio and duo with Jim Hall.

Recordings:
Subliminal (1997); This Place (1997); Portable Universe (1997); Untitled disc with his trio (1998)

As sideperson:
Lan Xang: Lan Xang; Jim Hall: Dialogues, Textures, Panorama-Live At The Village Vanguard, By Appointment, Color And Light; Renee Rosnes: Art And Soul; Chris Potter: Concentric Circles, Vertigo; David Binney: The Luxury Of Guessing, Free To Dream; Pat Martino: All Sides Now; Carmen McRae: Any Old Time, New York State Of Mind; Roy Hargrove: Diamond In The Rough; Harold Danko: Harold Danko Quartet, Next Age, New Autumn, Tidal Breeze, The Feeling Of Jazz; Thelonious Monk, Jr.: Changing Of The Guard, The Charm; Fred Hersch: Forward Motion; Keven Hays: El Matador; Steve Slagle: The Steve Slagle Quartet, Spread The Word; Bill Charlap: Souvenir; Dave Stryker: Nomad, The Greeting; Tim Ries/Frank Amselem: Regards; Rich Perry: To Start Again; Judy Niemack: As Long As Your Living, Straight Up; Jon Gordon: The Jon Gordon Quartet; Bruce Dunlap: The Rhythm Of The Wings; Julian Coryell: Without You, Duality

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