Bio

Don ScottDON SCOTT is a Toronto-based guitarist and composer, and a well known force in Canada’s creative music scene.  Don brings an unshakable energy and originality to his own music, and is sought after by many musicians as the “x-factor” in other projects.  His melodic inventiveness, rhythmic fluidity, and passion for delving into sound and texture are essential to the many projects he leads or co-leads, including Peripheral Vision, God’s Gift To Yoda, Don Scott Trio, Run Stop Run, The Offbeat, and Idioteque, which showcases Don’s vocal skills, performing the music of Radiohead. In demand as a versatile sideman, Don has performed with international jazz legends, David Binney, Chris Potter, Jim Black, Dave Douglas, and Ernest Ranglin, and a “who’s who” of Canadian jazz players. In 2008-2009, Don split his time between New York and Toronto, and while there, studied with Adam Rogers, Ben Monder, and Donny McCaslin. In 2013, Don spent several months living in Berlin, studying with renowned composer, John Hollenbeck. Don’s piece, “Backbone” won the Galaxie Rising Star Award for best composition presented at the 2012 Montreal Jazz Festival.

“Dominated by lively counterpoint…with constantly shifting and inventive underpinnings. Scott’s tone has a crisp bite, and his compositions have an edgy unpredictability.”
Downbeat Magazine

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