Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Lee, Scott (Carver Scott Lee)
Lee, Scott [Carver Scott Lee], bassist, composer, lecturer, author; b. Eden, NC, 22 January 1950. His father Clayton was a stockbroker and jazz lover. His mother Caroline was a piano teacher and major fund raiser for the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. He grew up in Greensboro, N. C., played competitive tennis throughout teen years, playing on the team at UNC-Chapel Hill for two years. Then he heard the Bill Evans Trio with Eddie Gomez and quit tennis and began studying the bass at age 20.
After graduation (B. S. in American Studies -1972), moved to Boston to learn to play. He was self-taught (books/ bandstand training), but eventually met Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, and Billy Drewes. They nurtured him along and solidified his commitment to music. He played with the John Payne Band while studying with Tiny Martin (BSO), Dave Holland, and Charlie Banacas. After five years, he moved to N.Y.C. He continued studying, with Homer Mench (N.Y. Philharmonic) and Charlie Banacas while working with Kenny Werner's A Bla Do (a new music ensemble) and various trios/groups in the 80s; Chet Baker (European tour and two records in 1979); Chris Conner (five Japanese tours and concerts in U.S. in the 80s and 90s); Metropolitan Oprea Guild (performance of Puccini1s "Gianni Schicci" in 1989); Wood (co-founder of new music group that performed in N.Y. area concerts in 1989); Joe Lovano groups (trios, quartets, two European tours with Universal Language, concerts at Merkin Hall, Miller Hall, Knitting Factory, Village Vanguard (1990s) and a tour of England with Lovano's Caruso project (2002); Andy Statman Quartet (European and U.S.A. tours and recordings at Town Hall and Merkin Hall 1996-1998, the music of the Jewish Mystics; Joe Roccisano Big Band (N.Y.C. gigs and recordings, 1989-1992); Scott Lee Quartet (leader/composer, east coast gigs); World Premiere of Charles Ives1 "Universe Symphony" at Lincoln Center in 1996; and The Game Trio (Russ Lossing, Jeff Hirshfield, Scott Lee), a new concept of improvising form, performing concerts in N.Y. area (1999 to present).
As a sideman, he's also performed with Mose Allison, Zoot Sims, Nancy Wilson, Red Rodney, Lee Konitz, Helen Merrill, Morgana King, Annie Ross, Anita O'Day, Warne Marsh, Al Cohn, Anne Marie Moss, Mel Lewis, Betty Buckley, Susannah McCorkle, and Freddie Hubbard.
He has been a private instructor in NYC and a visiting artist at Berklee School of Music in Boston. He has done clinics and seminars teaching body awareness using breathing, exercises and the practice of Qi Gong (related to the just completed book, Playing The Body - Playing the Bass).
He presently lives in Manhattan and Bucks County, PA with his wife, Sue Anne and daughter, Aria. In addition to the music, he practices Qi Gong daily and is a Reiki Master.
At Ease (1999)
Chet Baker: Live at Chateau Vallon (1978), Live at Nicks (1984); Joe Lovano: Universal Language (1993), Vive Caruso! (2002); Morgana King: I Just Can't Stop Loving You (1991), It's Alright (1993); Tim Hagans: No Words (1994); Jimmy Ponder: Down Here on the Ground (1984), So Many Stars (1985); Andy Statman: Between Heaven and Earth (1995), The Hidden Light (companion music to Jewish Cooking in America) (1998); Roseanna Vitro: Reaching for the Moon (1990), Thoughts of Bill Evans (2000); Loren Stillman: Cosmos (1997), How Sweet It Is (2003), Gin Bon (2003); The Three Manhattans: 10 CDs for Japan; Michael Moriarity: Michael Moriarity Jazz Trio; John Payne: The Razors Edge (1979), Bedtime Stories (1980); Judi Silvano: Dancing Voices (1993); Daniel Guggenheim: Sojourn (1996); Chuck Zeurin: Zeurin (1996); Bonnie Strickman: Wonders Never Cease (1996)
Jazz Player Magazine: A private Lesson with Bassist Scott Lee. Feb/Mar.97
Bass Player Magazine: Bass Notes - Set and Match with Scott LeeApril (2000)
Jazziz Magazine: Review of With Ease (September 1999)