Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Scott, Craig (Blakefield)
Scott began bass in his teens, studying with Cliff Barnett, and began gigging around 1975; in the late 70s he also studied in the jazz program at the NSW Conservatorium and also studied with visiting American bassist Todd Coolman there in 1981. He really began his career in jazz in 1979 with the Keith Stirling Quartet. Since that time he has been a member of many other jazz groups led by such well-known jazz identities as Mike Nock (1980 tour), Don Burrows (1981 through at least 1985), James Morrison, Julian Lee, Kerrie Biddell, Paul MacNamara, Steve McKenna, Steve Brien, Judy Bailey, Roger Frampton, Gordon Brisker, Cathy Harley, Trevor Griffin, Serge Ermoll, Jim Pennell, and many others. In 1984 he visited the U.S. for further study with Coolman and with Rufus Reid. He led his own quintet "Improviso" featuring Graeme Lyall and Warwick Alder, which performed at many of Australia s major jazz festivals including Manly, York, Bellingen, Melbourne International, Adelaide, and Wangaratta. As well as performing with many groups, Craig has been invited to perform as bassist for the Wangaratta Festival Jazz Piano competition on three occasions since it s inception in 1989. Craig has also accompanied a plethora of visiting international jazz artists including Joe Henderson, Red Rodney, Urbie Green, Eddie Daniels, Bobby Shew, Joachim Kuhn, Clifford Jordan, Lee Konitz, Mickey Tucker, James Williams, Ronnie Scott, Frank Morgan and George Cables. Most recently he accompanied U.K. jazz vocalist Claire Martin.
Craig is also deeply involved in jazz education. He is a fulltime lecturer in Jazz Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and coordinator of the Master of Music (Jazz) Degree and frequently gives master classes at other tertiary institutions around Australia and New Zealand. He has also taught for the Jazz Action Society jazz workshop programme and for Jazzworx! jazz clinics in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Townsville. He was a guest lecturer at Berklee College ca. 2001.