Scott Sherwood - Biography
Scott Sherwood, born in Milwaukee, WI, was introduced to jazz through his father's record collection. He began playing guitar at the age of 15 in San Antonio, TX and quickly captured attention for his performances. While in high school Scott received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for three consecutive years. During this period he was also voted IAJE Overall Outstanding Musician at the University of Texas at Arlington Jazz Festival, Kingsville Jazz Festival and Fiesta Stage Band Festival Senior Division. Scott attended the University of Texas at Arlington after winning the Michael Lorimer Guitar and Jazz Studies Scholarship. Later he left UTA to begin his professional career in Milwaukee, WI. There he performed his original music with the band "Kinetic Shower", which was nominated by the Wisconsin Music Industry (WAMI) for jazz artists of the year. In 1990, he returned to Texas to attend the University of Texas at Austin. During that year, Scott earned a Downbeat Award for Outstanding Performance at the college level. Scott has performed concerts and clinics across the United States as well as in Costa Rica and Scotland.
Scott's compositions have garnered praise from fans, critics and peers alike. He has performed his compositions at jazz clubs and festivals throughout the nation including SummerFest (Milwaukee, WI), South by Southwest (Austin, TX) and PFS Mellon Jazz Festival (Philadelphia, PA). At a special concert devoted to "American Music Since 1950", his piece captured the praise of James Chute of the Milwaukee Journal. Chute wrote "Sherwood's Balmorhea is an engaging, imaginative fusion of elements drawing from different traditions. Rather than erecting walls, the piece celebrates common ground. "
Scott has released two guitar trio recordings of his original compositions on the New York based label Changing Tones. The first project entitled Siren Song received rave reviews for its sensitivity, musicality and emotional depth. The second trio project Peaks and Valleys showcases Scott's new working trio with bassist Mike Nunno and drummer Paul Hannah. As an ensemble the trio is notable for their strong improvisational abilities and musical interaction.
Scott is currently based in the New York metro area. For booking information: