Scott Whitfield
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  • Los Angeles, CA
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Feb 26, 2010
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"Hey, Angela! Thanks for adding me on here! Ginger and I are doing great, thanks! We hope you, Ron, and Matt are well also! :>)"
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Funny Valentines for Happy Hearts II at Northridge United Methodist Church

February 14, 2010 from 5pm to 6:15pm
Ginger & Scott celebrate Valentine's Day in a style all their own by taking a look at the humorous side of love through song. This concert is part of the monthly Jazz Vespers series at Northridge United Methodist Church, and will be followed immediately by a dinner in the church fellowship hall. Concert begins at 5:00 and the dinner will be around 6:30. Tickets will be sold for the dinner (somewhere around $10-$15) and the concert will be a free-will offering event.Featured…See More
Jan 22, 2010
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Jan 22, 2010

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Scott Whitfield Biography

Scott Whitfield (trombonist, composer, arranger, and vocalist) is internationally recognized for his work with many contemporary big bands, including the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and the new edition of Johnny Griffin’s Big Soul Band, as well as his own Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestras (East and West). Whitfield’s discography includes 7 recordings as leader and more than 50 recordings with other artists. In addition to his own recordings, his compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by such artists as Diva, Maurice Hines, The Pied Pipers, Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band, and Pete Petersen’s 23-strong Collection Jazz Orchestra.

A clinician and guest artist for Bach Stradivarius trombones, Whitfield has appeared throughout the world, from Australia to Zurich, sharing his expertise on trombone technique, improvisation, composition, arranging, and jazz history. He was featured as guest soloist with the United States Army Blues Jazz Ensemble at the 2007 Eastern Trombone Workshop. His transcription book “The J.J. Johnson Collection” (published by Hal Leonard) has inspired not only trombonists, but also jazz improvisers on many instruments, young and old.

Upon settling in New York in 1993, Whitfield became a member of the Nat Adderley Sextet, which also included Jimmy Cobb, Walter Booker, Vincent Herring and Rob Bargad. The group’s engagements at Sweet Basil led to fruitful associations with Nnenna Freelon, Frank Wess, Lionel Hampton, Wayne Andre, and many others. Whitfield has also performed in many Broadway show orchestras, and backed the likes of Robert Goulet, Rita Moreno, Marilyn McCoo, Vic Damone, Jack Jones, and Frank Sinatra, Jr. Most recently, he was part of the orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl for a special seventieth birthday tribute to Nancy Wilson, which also featured Nnenna Freelon, Patti Austin, James Ingram, Tom Scott, Terence Blanchard, Natalie Cole, and a host of others.

Whitfield served on the jazz faculty at Rutgers University from 1998 to 2002, teaching trombone, composition and arranging, and improvisation, while also coordinating the school’s combo program. During this period, one of his composition students placed third in a worldwide field of contestants in the Thad Jones International Jazz Composition Competition.

The Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra (first founded in 1986, while Whitfield was pursuing his Master’s degree at North Texas State University) now has two incarnations: the SWJO East, based in New York; and the SWJO West, based in Los Angeles. Both of these aggregations feature the top players in the business.

For more than a year, the Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra East was in residence at New York’s Birdland, the Jazz Corner of the World, culminating in the exciting “Live at Birdland” CD, released in April 2004 on Summit Records. “The Minute Game,” featuring the SWJO West, was released in February 2005, and features Whitfield’s groundbreaking composition “Hiccups.” Most recently, “Diamonds For Nat,” released in February 2006, is a special 75th Birthday tribute to Whitfield’s mentor, the late Nat Adderley, featuring the SWJO East once again. The CD skyrocketed to number five in jazz radio airplay in its third week!

Whitfield’s latest creative venture pairs him with vocalist and lyricist Ginger Berglund, celebrating the art of the duet in an act known simply as “Ginger & Scott.” The two have already garnered rave reviews for their new CD “Dreamsville,” and have also been compared with Jackie Cain and Roy Kral. Be sure to visit on the web.

Although Scott Whitfield makes his home in Los Angeles, he continues to commute to New York for appearances. His playing, writing, and singing have been compared to that of some of his biggest influences, including Carl Fontana, Frank Rosolino, Thad Jones, Sammy Nestico, Mel Torme, and Jack Jones.
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Nelson Harrison
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Vocalist, Trombone
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Check out this live performance video of Ginger & Scott singing their original song "Pardon Me While I Fall In Love" on YouTube!

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At 2:17am on May 29, 2011, dirk amrein said…
At 9:40am on January 29, 2010, dirk amrein said…
At 12:35pm on July 17, 2009, Thomas Hultén said…
Thanks for adding me! I'm releasing a jazz trombone album in the fall. You can listen to some of my previous recordings here:
At 4:38am on March 14, 2009, Adam Cohen said…
See you at Disneyland!
At 11:52am on February 11, 2009, Joani Taylor said…
My warmest regards from Vancouver BC Canada.
At 10:55am on August 26, 2008, Terry Landry said…
Hey, Home-skillet!
At 8:37pm on August 18, 2008, Phil Ranelin said…
Ay Scott, how's it going? Thanks for including me on your list! I'm not too good at negotiating my way through these various networking sites, for me, it's almost as hard as playing the trombone !! And now I'm noticing that my picture is all out of focus! Oh well at least the computer came on today! Take care , Phil
At 7:26am on August 11, 2008, Bertha Hope said…
Hi Scott--thanks for giving me this opportunity to say hello. You are really a solid influence--I listened hard when you were with Nat- that was a great and muscular sound -always enjoy your work and have to hear you sing! Peace to you and yours and I hope you are in touch with the WorldStage in LA---Billy Higgins co-founded it. Bertha
At 9:43am on August 3, 2008, Rebecca Coupe Franks said…
hi scott
i lived in LA a long time ago.
Who do you work with there?
At 6:38am on July 30, 2008, exe*Cute* said…
Hello Scott ...
Welcome to our Family here at TJN ~ Hope You will have a Lot of Fun with us --- as we have Great Talent, and Sounds at this very Special 24/7- J@zzClub !!

You surely will be a Real Asset here !!

Would be a Great Honour to be Your Friend ...

Also would be a real Pleasure to Invite You to Join, and share our Luv of J@zz ~ with the Great Sounds at The J@zz Network Listening Room here --->
Happy Listening;
And if You wish --- would really be nice, if you could come and see us at our new Chat-Room here --->
Happy Chatting !!


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