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Reeves, Scott

Reeves, Scott, trombonist, alto flugelhornist, composer, educator, author; b. Rockford, IL, 10 October 1950. He was raised in the Chicago area. His family includes his father, Donald Reeves (b. 1921); mother, Beverly Burnett Reeves (b.1922); sister, Cynda Schwab (b. 1947); wife, Janet Reeves, a pianist and singer (b. 1950) and son, Eric Reeves (b. 1986).

Reeves began playing the trombone in 5th grade, graduated from Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, in 1968, received his B.M. in Trombone Performance from Indiana University in 1972 and his M.M. in Jazz Studies from Indiana University in 1981. His primary teachers were Dave Baker, Kenny Werner, Woody Shaw (jazz), and Thomas Beversdorf and Lewis Van Haney (trombone). Throughout his career, Scott has combined a performing career with college teaching. From 1976 - 1981, he was Director of Jazz Studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. He taught briefly on an adjunct basis at Memphis State University from 1982-83. In 1984-88, Scott was appointed Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. From 1988-1999, he was Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, achieving the rank of Full Professor. Since 1999, Scott has been an Associate Professor at the City College of New York in Manhattan, where he teaches jazz courses and runs the BFA program. He also teaches a course at the Julliard School of Music. Scott is well known in the education field for his textbooks, "Creative Jazz Improvisation" (now in its 3rd edition) and "Creative Beginnings," both published by Prentice Hall. "Creative Jazz Improvisation" is one of the most widely used texts in its field and has been adopted by numerous college jazz programs. He has also published many articles for journals such as the Rutgers Annual Review of Jazz Studies and the Jazz Educators Journal. Although he has been active as a performer throughout his teaching career, since moving to New York in 1999, Scott's playing career dramatically expanded. He is currently a member of the Dave Liebman Big Band, has subbed with the Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra and the Vanguard Orchestra, and has performed at New York City venues such as Birdland and the Knitting Factory on numerous occasions. Scott has played in small group gigs and concerts with  saxophonists Jon Gordon, Rich Perry, and George Garzone; pianist James Williams;  bassists Ron Carter and John Patitucci and drummer Pete LaRoca Sims. He appears as a sideman on recordings by the Dave Liebman Big Band ("Sing, Sing, Sing," 2003) and Anthony Braxton and the Composers and Improvisers Orchestra (Composition #96, 1991). He has two CDs under his own name, Congressional Roll Call (2002) and You Are What You Think (2000), which feature pianists James Williams and Kenny Werner, trumpeter Bill Mobley, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti. He has been a clinician at numerous colleges and has conducted workshops and headlined at jazz clubs in Rome, Italy on three occasions. He is also a published jazz composer/arranger; his composition "Congressional Roll Call" was premiered at Merkin Hall in New York City in 2001 by the BMI Jazz Composers Orchestra. In addition to his trombone work, Scott has achieved some notoriety for his proficiency on unusual brass instruments, such as the alto flugelhorn and alto valve trombone.

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